New MacBook Pro: A Step Forward and A Step Back

Before now, there are so many reviews out there of the MacBook Pro design. The last we saw was in June 2012, where the device weighed 4.46 pounds, which is a heavyweight based on today’s standards. More so, that period ushered in some newfangled thing, which was called the Retina display.

Even though Apple often refreshes its processors, its design from 2012 has undergone many reviews. The stale design and its neglected internals have prompted users to delay upgrading, hoping that a new model will be out soon.

Those hopes are now a reality as Apple has updated its MacBook Pro line. Its update did not just focus on the internal processors, but both its two models (13 and 15-inch) are now lighter, compact, and thinner than its previous models.

It comes with faster graphics and disk performance, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a more colorful and brighter screen, and a clearer and louder audio. They mark the launching of a new feature, the “Touch Bar,” an OLED strip above the keyboard. It replaces the function bar with touch-sensitive controls that often changes, depending on the app you are using.

Here are some features that make the New Mac Book PRO: A step forward and a step Backwards at the same time: 

Hardware

The new MacBook Pro is different from the previous generation; however, it looks like the more-recent 12-inch MacBook. It comes with a unibody aluminum chassis available in spray gray and silver color.

Its keyboard has the same flat buttons just like the smaller MacBook, and its glass Force Touch trackpad is something you’re used to, only that this time around, it’s a lot bigger. Its Retina display is the typical 13.3-inch size and 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, but its quality is so much better.

It is 67 percent brighter than its predecessor, with a maximum of 500 nits as the rating. It also has a unique feature that promises a higher contrast ratio and a wider color gamut of 25 percent. This feature is significant for videographers, photographers, and other professions that require creativity.

Keyboard and trackpad

The buttons used here are from the second generation of apple butterfly design, offering precisely four times more key stability than its predecessor. Just like the smaller notebook, it offers the same travel of 0.5 millimeters.

We encountered some sorts of tricky complex, long passwords required to secure your devices login during usage. Even though Apple claims the butterfly mechanism helps you to press your buttons better, our strikes sometimes fail to register, forcing us to make errors and have to reenter the long passwords. However, it becomes better with time.

Sitting beneath the keyboard is a much bigger touchpad than the 13-inch model with a larger 46 percent size. For the 15-inch, it’s ridiculously twice its previous size.

Performance

Apple has up to 103 percent faster graphics on the 13-inch and up to 130 percent faster graphics on the 15-inch model. Its SSDs are 100 percent faster as it has a sequential read speed of up to 3.1gigabytes per second. It also has sequential write speeds of up to 2.1 and 2.2 GB/s on the 13 and 15-inch models, respectively. 

Pros

  • It is attractive and well-built.
  • It is now thinner and lighter.
  • Its Retina screen is more colorful and brighter than ever.
  • Features an impressive audio quality
  • The device’s performance is fast, especially the disks speeds.
  • The launching of the Touch ID is useful.
  • Its trackpad is quite spacious.

Cons

  • The device is relatively expensive, especially with the Touch Bar.
  • You can accidentally hit the Touch Bar instead of the Delete Key feature.
  • It has no memory card slot.
  • It features only the USB-C ports.
  • Its battery life is not impressive. 
  • This model no longer has the MagSafe feature.

Conclusion

There is quite a lot to like about the new MacBook Pro: it’s improved audio, brighter screen, faster graphics, slimmed design, and disk speeds. However, they seem to have dropped some useful features to professionals, which is the reason behind our article, the New Mac Book PRO: A step forward and a step Backwards.

Features like the full-sized USB ports, Function row, and even the memory card reader is nowhere to be found on the latest Mac Book Pro device. A Macbook that contains all these new features and the removed feature will be better and will help professionals not to make drastic changes to their workflow. 

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