The Wall Street Journal reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro: ‘More beautiful, svelter’

“With Apple’s new Pro models, I can do the same in a more beautiful, svelte package and with a snazzy touch screen above the keyboard. But I also have to live with tradeoffs,” Joanna Stern writes for The Wall Street Journal. “One of them: buying $150 worth of adapters because Apple killed all the traditional ports for USB-C.”

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, really now? A writer for The Wall Street Journal needs $150 worth of dongles? For what, exactly? No, we’re not buying your crocodile tears, Joanna.

Stern writes, “The biggest inconvenience for someone like me, who works with a lot of video and photos? No SD card slot.”

MacDailyNews Take: Under $30 for a USB-C SD card reader or a Wi-Fi SD card. You’ve only got $120 more worth of dongles to account for, Joanna.

“Compared with my rotting MacBook Air and the old MacBook Pro, the new Pros look like they’ve been on a serious juice cleanse. Thinner edges and cleaner lines can almost—almost—make you see why Apple thinks specialized ports are the devil’s work,” Stern writes. “Anyone stepping up from a MacBook Air will, surprisingly, not notice a weight difference. The 13- and 15-inch Pros are about a half-pound lighter than their predecessors.”

“On the two higher-end MacBook Pro models, Apple replaced the traditional row of function keys with a new glowing touch strip,” Stern writes. “I find it most useful for inserting emojis, scrubbing through videos and music and changing font color.”

MacDailyNews Take: The lack of imagination and foresight is depressing.

Stern writes, “Another bummer? There’s no more little green light to tell you the laptop is charging.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Look at the battery status icon at the right of the menu bar to see the battery level or charging status. The icon displays a lightning bolt when your MacBook Pro is connected to power. Click the icon to show how much charge you have left if you keep using your MacBook Pro as you’re currently using it.

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Forbes’ Moorhead reviews Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro: ‘An incredible laptop’ – November 14, 2016
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Pro video editor uses Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar: ‘I love it’ – November 11, 2016
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Wired hands on with Apple’s New MacBook Pro: It’s a whole new kind of laptop – October 27, 2016
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The debate is over: IBM confirms that Apple Macs are $535 less expensive than Windows PCs – October 20, 2016


  1. Shall we reinstate serial ports, VGA, parallel ports? Anybody? How about SCSI you dip shhits?

    What a bunch of WHINNY tech neophytes. Lead, follow, or get out of the fckin’ WAY!

  2. The point on the charging light is not invalid. You used to be able to tell if your laptop was charging with the screen closed. Now you have to turn it on to see. It’s not a huge issue with boot times, but having to log in to your laptop to see if it is charging is kind of silly. Maybe they could do what they do with iOS and put up a battery charge status on the screen before you login. Personally, I wish they’d added a charge LED. They could use laser-drilled micro holes, like they use for the camera indicator. But I guess when you are already charging so damned much for MacBook Pros, the last thing we need to do is add on another cost.

  3. I don’t care about adapters or dongles or thinness or touch bars. I care about one thing. SPECS.

    PC laptops with 4 times the graphics memory are being sold at a third of the price.

    What’s Apple’s issue with that?

    1. @Justin Reese: “I don’t care about adapters or dongles or thinness or touch bars. I care about one thing. SPECS.”:
      I don’t care about adapters or dongles or thinness or SPECS. I care about one thing. PERFORMANCE. I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting that from the MacBooks.

      1. I guess Apple is succeeding in becoming more an emotional brand with the Mac and with the Mac general user. But then Apple felt in love with the term “Pro” and this discordance appeared.

        Many of this discussions may not exists or be less emotional if Apple had a clear marketing and production separation from 1) a computer “workstation” and 2) a high level commercial computer most professionals are happy to use. They are not the same, they are optimized for different uses and none of them should be demising of the other.

        “SPECS” and “PERFORMANCE” are not the same but are closely related. You wont get high performance without high level specs, but the general optimization of the system, its balance and great integration, is just as important to get a desired high performance.

  4. From the WSJ Article:

    We’ve been conditioned: Every new Apple Product is the best Apple Product ever… until, of course, the next best Apple Product ever.

    The exception? The new MacBook Pro laptops.

    Apple killed all the traditional ports for USB-C so now you have to buy $150 worth of adapters.

    Charger. In the move to USB-C, Apple nixed its MagSafe connector, which would easily detach if something (or someone) knocked the wire. The little thing saved my laptop from catastrophe many times.

    Trackpad.- Bigger doesn’t mean better. (The cursor would sporadically jump while I was typing, because my palms would brush the large surface.)

    Keyboard. You will get used to the spring of the keys on the new flat keyboard. You also get used to sleeping on a rock when camping. What won’t the people around you get used to? The loud clacking sound of the keys.

    Apple is charging $200 more for the newest MacBook Pro and keeping the same prices on the older models. In short, Apple is looking to take us for all we have—while cashing in on the booming dongle economy.

  5. The only error on the new laptop was the failure to have a dedicated charging connector still the same port but with the magsafe implemented on the cable.
    its annoying that Apple know this is a great invention and protects users valuable laptop so what reason have they for downgrading such a clever invention?
    if you plunging in power that you obviously only want to use it for power so that usb3 could have been designed just to draw power and have a custom magsafe style connector. It would not have detracted from any port as only the input connector from the power brick would be set to only draw power when plugged into the laptop making it still usable on any port but when plugged in, it would only draw power ergo the magsafe part could be implemented on that power cord.

    Its obvious in the very near future we will be seeing images of the consequence of not having a magsafe as people trip on that power lead and smash their expensive laptop. How can Apple explain this essential invention being dumped?

    I really think this was either a lazy OR A COST CUTTING decision to not implement the magsafe as its a genius invention which Apple and all users know saves their laptops over and over again.
    Totally inexcusable to not implement it in a very expensive pro mobile machine.
    I hope its added in REv2 next year!

  6. Let’s not pretend that Apple’s dongle-centric MacBook Pro won’t be a bit of a pain for many, many users. Just connecting two USB 3.0 hard disks at the same time will require not one but two dongles. Apple is discounting its line of dongles temporarily, but the road to happiness for many MacBook Pro buyers will include a significant investment in various dongles, which are very easy to misplace—especially while traveling.

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