Engadget reviews Apple’s new MacBook Pro: Exactly what you’ve been waiting for

“With the new MacBook Pro, Apple is just trying to keep pace with the rest of the computing industry. The biggest upgrade is Intel’s latest CPUs, which have been popping up in PCs since last fall. And there are some other slight hardware tweaks, too,” Devindra Hardawar writes for Engadget. “. Basically, it’s a classic Apple refresh: Not much has changed. Put the MacBook Pro side by side with last year’s model and it’s impossible to tell the difference. Still, if you’re a committed Mac user, it’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for.”

“The slim unibody aluminum case Apple introduced in 2016 is back, along with the Touch Bar, which is still a love-it-or-hate-it affair. The MacBook Pro is sleek and stylish,” Hardawar writes. “But don’t let that daintiness fool you: It still feels like a tough machine. We didn’t expect Apple to change much, but it’s still strange how little has evolved over the last two years. The MacBook Pro didn’t need to get thinner, necessarily, but it would have been nice if the company had found a way to shave down the screen bezels.

“While this latest generation of the MacBook Pro might seem understated, it’s a more significant upgrade than last year, when Apple just added some aging CPUs,” Hardawar writes. “”These new models are more powerful than ever — though if that’s your main concern, you should probably lean toward the 15-inch model.

Full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: That 130inch model is very tempting for our road Macs, but we’ll wait a bit to see what Apple has up their collective sleeve for our all-time fav 12-inch MacBook plus the possibility and potential of an Apple A-series ARM-powered notebook looms large!

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9 Comments

  1. Hmmm, I’ve actually been *waiting for* a return to flexible built-in connectivity options in keeping with the “Pro” name. What I’ve been *looking for* are misplaced dongles and adapters.

  2. No Engadget, not the Pro laptop I was hoping for and here’s why:

    Thermal throttling.

    Defective keyboard issues with a new condom added.

    Ports?

    Lack of industry best NVIDIA graphics cards.

    Easy upgradability.

    Apple tax changing much more for less compared to Pro PCs.

    Did I miss anything? …

  3. Ignoring the defects in the keyboard, I’m waiting for one that has reasonable travel, say, like my original MBP retina. I was waiting for more than 16GB. However, my 6-year-old MBP retina is still working like a champ (put a new battery in it) so I’m in no hurry to upgrade until they come out with a new MBP with a decent keyboard.

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