“This belated update for the 15-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t even merit a new processor,” Stephen Dean writes for The Register. “In fact, the only real changes are the inclusion of the Force Touch trackpad that made its debut on the 13-inch MacBook Pro earlier this year, and a faster solid-state drive.”
“Both models retain the 2880×1800 resolution Retina display, which I’ll confess surprised me yet again with its sheer brightness and sharp contrast. I’m not sold on the Force Touch trackpad, though,” Dean writes. “Admittedly, the new hinge design means that the trackpad surface does feel smooth and responsive, but I still don’t find the press-and-hold ‘force-click’ action particularly useful.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Force Touch trackpad does not have “new hinge design.” In fact, it doesn’t have a hinge at all. It doesn’t move.
Its custom haptics are so convincing, that Stephen Dean didn’t even realize it wasn’t mechanically hinged. So thoroughly fooled, these facts went right over the head of a so-called professional reviewer. “So called,” because he didn’t even bother to spend three seconds to understand WTF he was even using, yet nevertheless proceeded to criticize it – all to hilarious effect. Of course, after he tried Force clicking (probably about once and in an insignificant place at that or, more likely, in Windows; see below) he then also failed to notice the Force Touch trackpad’s new Accelerators or Pressure-sensitive drawing capabilities. Moron.
He did however waste a good portion of his “review” blathering on about running Windows 8 via Bootcamp on it, so you can gather his perspective; he’s used to crap hardware running a crap OS trying to approximate the Macintosh experience yet failing miserably, as always. Hence his utter confusion. He’s like an aboriginal tribesman seeing an airplane – and a fighter jet at that – for the first time. No clue.