The new MacBook Pros started showing up in people's lives this week and I decided to pick one up. My new Mac is a 15" space gray model with a 2.7 GHz Core i7 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, 512 SSD and AMD Radeon Pro 455 GPU. For me it's been a simple and linear process:
- I was waiting a long time for the new Macs to be released
- Apple unveiled the updated notebooks
- They featured everything I expected so I decided to upgrade
- I bought the computer
Easy, right? Apparently not. While the rest of the internet is struggling with this, I'd like the opportunity to break it down and answer all the grumbling going on across message boards and podcasts about why this Mac is bad.
What did you expect?
The two biggest gripes people seem to have with the new MacBook Pro are it's price and lack of familiar holes. Allow me to tell you that these are both moronic points. First off, nothing Apple announced was a surprise, at least not to the Mac enthusiasts. Aside from the various rumors and leaks that started last fall, I'd say that the 12" MacBook was all the foreshadowing you needed to figure this out. The keyboard, force touch trackpad, lack of traditional ports; these were all the beginnings of the next generation of Mac. Remember how different the body was on the original iPad mini when compared with the 4th gen iPad? Yeah, that's right; it became what we now know as the iPad Air. Same thing folks, same thing. If you didn't see this coming, something is wrong on your end.
If you expected that the thinner, lighter design of the Pro would take it's cue from the 12" MacBook, then you would've prepared for USB-C / Thunderbolt 3. Traditional, thicker ports were axed for what Apple believes to be the imminent future. If that sounds familiar it's because that is what Apple does (MacBook Air anyone?). I'm not saying it's a good thing or a bad thing... it's just a thing. Knowing that this is how Apple runs the show is all part of the admission price. And honestly, it's not that bad.
Yes, I had to spend money on some adapters just like when the MacBook Pro with retina display debuted back in 2012. At that time I had to buy a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter to use my old chargers. I needed Thunderbolt to ethernet and firewire adapters to continue using older drives and access the web in some spots. And if I wanted to use physical media, albeit occasionally, I needed to buy the $79 Superdrive. It's four years later and even though it felt like the same transition, it wasn't half as bad. What I needed was a couple of adapters:
All in all, that's about $100 worth of adapters. I'm not saying I'm happy about spending extra money, but I knew I wanted to upgrade and that meant I would need them. Everything is an investment, and if you choose to upgrade, you have to research and understand what you're upgrading to.
This also falls in line with the folks who are bitching about how expensive these Macs are. Now I may have missed something here, but when the fuck were MacBooks ever cheap machines? Were there literally people watching the Oct 27th keynote expecting a state of the art 15" Apple notebook for $1499? Really? I mean... just... really? Here's the deal:
THESE ARE NEW MACS, PEOPLE!
Is that clearer?
A Win-win scenario
Right now, most message boards, forums and reddit channels are dripping with the "Talk me out of buying a 2016 Mac" and "Why would I buy a new Mac when the 2015 models are cheaper" threads. I get such a kick out of this shit. People: the new MacBook is a product that's available for sale. If you look at it and decide you want it then you should buy it. If for some reason it displeases you, then I would have to recommend not purchasing it. Apple isn't making you buy anything. In fact, the previous gen MacBook Pros are still available right along side the new ones. That means you can get your old holes and low prices. Instead of bitching on some message board where everyone thinks you pocess a defective brain, you could just order the Mac you want. No yelling, ranting or dongles are necessary.
Wait, isn't this a review?
Wow. I guess my ranting about the ranting of other people and their ranting took longer than I thought. I love this Mac and think it's the greatest notebook yet. But I'm tired now so I'll have to hit the positive stuff a little later. Just remember- if you want traditional holes, go get them and shut up about it.