Wired hands on with Apple’s New MacBook Pro: It’s a whole new kind of laptop

“Your MacBook Pro was overdue for an upgrade, and today it got one,” David Pierce writes for Wired. “Apple announced a new MacBook Pro this morning at an intimate event in Cupertino, along with small refreshes of a couple of its other laptops. The Air is the cheapest MacBook, and the MacBook is the thinnest MacBook, but the MacBook Pro is the best and most important MacBook.”

“Instead of function keys, the row of F1-F12s you don’t care about and media controls you do, the new MacBook Pro has a small touch-friendly strip that apps can use to display quick controls and information. It’s called the Touch Bar. There’s a Touch ID fingerprint reader on the right side of the strip, too right above the Delete key,” Pierce writes. “The whole idea is going to take some getting used to: each app does different things, in different ways, to different effect… One thing’s for sure, though: the tech is solid. The slightly raised platform is remarkably responsive, and the screen is so vibrant it almost looks like Apple slapped a sticker over it. There’s virtually no lag as you swipe or tap—it’s just a touchscreen, really, with support for up to 10 fingers. Why you would ever put all 10 of your digits on the tiny stripe, I don’t know, but it’s nice to know it’s possible. In general, the Touch Bar is a clever way to marry the tactility of a physical keyboard with the malleability of a touchscreen. You could argue that a full-on touchscreen would be better, but Apple sure doesn’t think so.”

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve been over this. Last decade.

To us longtime Apple watchers, Cupertino seems to be saying, “Multi-Touch on the screen only when trackpads are not part of the device.”MacDailyNews, November 19, 2008

Does it make more sense to be smearing your fingers around on your notebook’s screen or on a spacious trackpad that’s designed specifically and solely to be touched? Apple thinks things through more than other companies… The iPhone’s screen has to be touched; that’s all it has available. A MacBook’s screen does not have to be touched in order to offer Multi-Touch™. There is a better way: Apple’s way.MacDailyNews, March 26, 2009

Pierce continues, “You want a cheap laptop? Buy an iPad Pro. Super-portable laptop? MacBook. Beast Machine? MacBook Pro. It’s expensive, but at least at first glance it seems like you’re going to get what you pay for.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, “expensive” is not a universal concept and is therefore not the job of the reviewer. One man’s “expensive” is another’s “peanuts.” Just report the price and the reader can decide whether it’s affordable or not; the reviewer’s personal financial situation is meaningless when it comes to a product’s price.

Newsflash: Apple sells premium products at premium prices to premium customers.

The MacBook Pro is not expensive for what you get and certainly is very cost effective when you factor in the 3+ years the average Mac user will get out of it. Mac users are perfectly able to recognize unmatched quality and features and are willing to pay for the privilege of ownership.

SEE ALSO:
CNET on the new MacBook Pro: Apple’s amazing strip show reinvents the notebook – October 27, 2016
Hands on with Apple’s new MacBook Pro: Looks and feels so good it’s unreal – October 27, 2016
Apple debuts three new TV ads for all-new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar – October 27, 2016
Apple unveils groundbreaking new MacBook Pro with revolutionary Touch Bar and huge Force Touch trackpad – October 27, 2016

47 Comments

  1. I got the completely maxed out 15″. Didn’t think even once about it being “expensive”. I would have liked an option for 32 GB of RAM but whatever, definitely next time.

  2. I wanted one, but Apple raised price by $500 compared to old 13 inch MacBook Pro. Even the new MacBook withowithout the Touch Bar is now $200 more expensive compared to old one, so replacing my MacBook has become expensive (lowest price 1500). Mac was gaining market share for many years as they had several price reduction over the years, why increase the price now? Is Apple pushing iPad pros in place of Macs? I personally prefer Macs over iPads, but these price hikes put Macs out of my price range. Looking back at iPod models in the early 2000s, at that time, there were many inexpensive choices, and thus Apple dominated that category throughout , but here they are making it difficult to simply replace my MacBook. Why try to do to discourage people from buying a product that was gaining market share in favor of a product another product (iPad)? Or they trying to raise margins? Raising the margins was not a focus in early 2000s.

    1. Also, the new 13″ MacBook Pro model without the Touch Bar has 2 GHz dual core Intel i5 processor, while the older cheaper model has 2.7 GHz dual core Intel i5 processor. Also, the newer model has higher RAM, but its price is higher by $200.

      1. Yup, the announcement just solidified my decision to simply upgrade my 2012 13″ 2.5 GHz MBP with an SSD. I didn’t know it when I bought it in 2012, but thank goodness I got the last-ever MBP that you could upgrade your RAM and storage long after you bought it.

  3. Whole new kind of laptop? No, this is a ripoff.

    I know the fanboy contingent thinks that macOS is is worth more than house and home, but let’s get real. configure the highest end 15″ Mac Pro and you’re at $4300. With a whole 16GB of RAM, no less.

    Meanwhile at Dell you can get approximately the same spec Precision 7510 for less than $3k, or go even more powerful with Xeon processors, 64GB of user-upgradeable RAM, etc.

    Apple doesn’t make entry level machines affordable by students, and they no longer make competitive workstations for pros. Apple is a design company selling overpriced middle-of-the-road fashion to fanboys and hipsters who think the Apple logo still represents superior performance. I am here to tell you that Apple is way behind. Changing the keyboard to include a Microsoft Ribbon isn’t a leap forward, it’s another excuse to gouge customers out of another $500.

    I have never been more disappointed in Cook’s lack of leadership than today. He and his empty suit VPs have overstayed their welcome. If this is the best Apple can do with the Mac, then the future is not bright.

  4. For those of you complaining about the price, go and check out the second hand value of MacBook Pros.
    I just worked out that for the price of the non-TouchBar 13″ MBP I can replace my top config (non BTO) 2013 rMBP 15″ for the equivalent top config TouchBar 15″ once I sell it.
    That’s just one reason you buy Apple.

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