What power users say about Apple’s new 2018 MacBook Pros

“As part of a showcase for the new MacBook Pros in New York City, Apple introduced several journalists to… power users — from photographers and scientists to app developers — who have been putting this hardware through demanding real-world tests,” Mark Spoonauer reports for LAPTOP Magazine. “[A] fascinating demo was given by Lucas Gilman, an adventure photographer and filmmaker who has been using the new MacBook Pro to create large format gigapixel images.”

“Snapping as many as 100 huge images over a 2-minute span, Gilman has been working with files that are between 60 and 80GB in size. He puts all of the images together in a program called Autopano Giga and creates a poster-size image that he says ‘can be as tall as a building,'” Spoonauer reports. “As Gillman says, “there is no take two,” in his specialized line of work, and the new 15-inch MacBook has made much quicker work of processing files in the field.”

MacBook Pro now delivers faster performance for complex simulations and data manipulation.
MacBook Pro now delivers faster performance for complex simulations and data manipulation.

“For Sal Kato, an assistant professor of neurology at UCSF, he’s been leveraging the new MacBook Pro to unlock the mysteries of the brain. During a demo he showed how he can analyze high-resolution images of neurons in nematodes (the simplest animal with a nervous system) to better understand how the brain works,” Spoonauer reports. “‘We’re dealing with large data sets and writing and running code non-stop,’ said Kato.”

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  1. Good lord, for the first time in history I can spend 8,000 Euros for a MacPro notebook here in Berlin, Germany. 4 TB, 32 GB RAM, i9-prozessor totals at 7,959 Euro only. It means I save 41 Euros for ice-cream! (Mum, by the way, do you already know what I would love to get for Christmas?)

    1. True, also if you are the kind of person who needs to carry around 4TB of data, it might be a good idea to not necessarily keep it all on the MBP. Keep it on external devices. That way if your computer is lost or stolen, you still have your production work.

        1. Of course, external storage devices can also be lost or stolen, too. And, if you are carrying the external storage with your computer, then they will likely be lost/stolen as a group along with your MBP. Thus – backups. Remote backups. And encryption to protect the valuable data on your MBP and external storage devices that might be lost or stolen.

      1. I’ve had it happen once when the hard disk died on my 15-year old 17” MacBook Pro recently in May. Yes, good advice to save money on the 1TB option and keep your files on an external drive (much cheaper option) that came to my rescue. A co-worker without a backup paid close to $1,000 for a data recovery firm that retrieved about 85% of his files and experienced almost a month of downtime. I would never travel with my main backup, so I use a pocket external and only copy the files I need for the trip. iCloud was promising at first, but reading all problems, synching issues, subscription costs and storing my stuff on PC maker servers — no thanks, I can afford my own servers …

    2. To be fair, your 2014 MPB did not have that option. Furthermore, than $3200 option also exceeds the cost of the new 2018 15″ MBP. So, nothing has changed, really.

      For clarification, starting from the 15″/512GB model:
      1TB +$400
      2TB +$1,200
      4TB +$3,200

      So, if you need it, then buy it. Otherwise, go with 1 or 2TB and use the savings to invest in NAS.

      1. No, it’s absolutely a negative. NVIDIA GPU’s are head and shoulders above AMD’s offerings, and many applications in the pro space I make my living in require them, and unfortunately another couple of them also require Windows (eww)…

        I was really hoping these new machines would have NVIDIA GPU’s, so I could get one, bootcamp it, and have 1 machine for all my needs – OSX for production, Windows to run XPression and VizRT. Instead I’ll stick with my late 2016 MBP for the former, but spent the $4k I had earmarked for its replacement on an Alienware 17 R5. A gaudy beast of a thing if there ever was one, but it has the same core i9, 32GB of 2666mHz ram (as opposed to the 2400mHz ram Apple chose to kneecap us with), and a NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU with 8GB of VRam.

        It’s a big, awkward ugly thing that’s proven to be a necessary evil. I would have loved to keep it all Mac, and only slum the OS when necessary, but sadly, animators and motion graphics artists are apparently not the ‘Pros’ Apple is catering to.

        1. It’s a mystery to me as well reading for years the pro voices calling for NVIDIA. Well, Apple has been tone deaf to the pros for five years now, so no surprise there. From eirogamer:

          “The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the most powerful consumer-level graphics card on the market and perhaps the first graphics card that can actually handle 4K gaming without sacrificing too much in the way of frame-rate or detail settings. It’s about 25 to 30 per cent faster than its nearest rival, the GTX 1080, and unmatched by any AMD graphics card currently on the market.”

          Why not Apple? Sad …

    1. Nvidia is a quality product…
      Haven’t you heard about Apple’s new corporate mission?
      ‘Go Cheap young man .. go Cheap !
      Cheap is the way to profits and reputation, in the longrun’

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