I took it to our tech support, after spraying air and all the recommended steps they could not fix it. They took it and gave me a new one.
After a month, the 'B' key on that new laptop started to be flaky.
Unless Apple manages to fix this, my next computers at both work and home will not be Macintoshes. After over a decade of loving Mac laptops, I will either be switching over to Windows (WSL looks great) or Chromebooks.
It's not. Consider just going with Linux if that's an option for you.
The WSL is quite weak in the knees. I tried switching to Windows 10, from macOS, as my primary development operating system. I tried this for about three months. I ended up reverting back.
Just remember, using any OS is about crafting a tool for plying your trade. Windows, Linux, macOS, MS-DOS, they're all just tools to help you achieve your goals and Linux is the most malleable and open of the options today.
With the way Apple are going, I've now got Debian (Linux) on a second SSD in my PC and my 2014 MBP will be the last Mac I buy. Only iPhones and iPads have stayed consistently good for me.
Yes, it has a horrible problem with keys not working reliably after getting even the smallest speck of dust underneath it. And yes, Apple is working on it . The first generation of a new design usually introduces some bugs, but Apple reliably works them out with the next iteration. Plan your purchases accordingly.
It's disheartening how Apple followed up the absolute dud of the 2013 Mac Pro (serious heat issues, pointless form factor) with another design disaster in the Pro series.
By october some keys were a bit harder to press, by december spacebar and a few other buttons gave up.
I gave it to apple for warranty, it wasn't even a year old yet. They checked it and wanted $200 for just doing the chekup with no fix (as it was my fault that the keys were broken) OR i could pay $650 to get the whole top replaced.
My income is 100% dependent on having a working laptop so it was not really a choice for me. I paid the $650. This was a few months back.
Now the "2"-key is feeling numb and I'm worried i'll have to replace the top every 2-3 months...
While that was in the shop, I bought a similarly spec'd used Thinkpad for under $500 and like it more in almost every way.
There are have been a lot of MBP sales lately, so I'm cautiously hoping they are dumping stock in preparation for an update at WWDC.
The keyboard on my touchbar Mac pro has a few sticky keys that make it super annoying to type. The butterfly key design is just not sturdy enough.
The laptop is out of warranty, so for now I am using an external keyboard.
For a $3K laptop, this is not acceptable.
That being said, it feels like it's slowing down. Has anyone had success reviving the performance of their older machine? Anyone tried backing up and doing a restore?
I upgraded everything in it I could though, CPU, RAM, screen, etc.
The biggest and best change I made to it was replacing the main HD with a nice SSD. Now it can run everything I need, except some games. I usually had 2-4 VMs running something throughout the work day.
I also took out the optical drive and replaced it with a OWC adapter and another SSD.
The last thing I do is back up everything I need, wipe and reinstall everything. I usually do this once a year or when needed, and it helps quite a bit with it feeling / acting slow.
(not sure if you can easily upgrade the hard drive or not though, but it made a world of difference for me)
That was the moment I decided to set up the systems fresh from scratch on a blank SSD (keeping the old one in a safe place as a backup option): Now, the MBP is running great (for its age), quiet fan except for high workloads and no runaway 99%-CPU processes.
Of cause, your mileage may vary, but I would suggest trying a fresh install from scratch and only install necessary programs. Don't rely on a TM backup.
By the way I had odd issues with CalanderAgent going nuts and using 100% cpu all the time after going to High Sierra. Dunno if anyones got a good fix for that? I managed to kill the calendar completely and am using google calendar instead now but it's not ideal.
The up and down arrow keys are so small it makes it really difficult to touch type. Especially when coding and you’re navigating about using the keyboard.
It’s the stupid race to the bottom to get the worlds thinnest laptop at the expense of functionality.
I'm still on my old MBP2013 and kinda like it (first Apple computer and I was sceptical). However new Apple offering is plain terrible…
Also: don't do squiggly, moving underline on hyperlinks... what a distraction!
- Broken keyboard, twice!
- Failed motherboard (wouldn't start).
- Now I have waves of darkness/light on the bottom of my screen after leaving it to idle for just a little bit that won't go away. Looks gross.
- It's so low power tbh, the Macbook Air felt much snappier (I have the non-touchbar base model).
- Honestly, the trackpad is just a smidge too big.
Any one of these fiascos should be enough for executives to start being reprimanded. Everything from “no newest Apple device plugs into any other newest Apple device” (sorry: “Courage”), to “must-have-been-High-when-released Sierra” to “Mac Pro-for-limited-values-of-Pro”, not to mention destroying the App Store for most developers and customers.
The worst part of all is I can’t boycott Apple after all this because they still somehow manage to be least-crappy-alternative when considering many other things such as security, etc.
The solution, then, seems to be to wait. In 2019-2020 when New MacBook Pro arrives, it’ll probably be on backorder for 15 months as all Waiters from the last few years line up to buy a real upgrade.
"What should you buy instead of all these bad computers? I have no earthly idea."
Does anybody here had experience with XPS 15 or anything of similar form factor of MacBook Pro 15?
Things I don't like:
- No ethernet port. I guess most people think this is great, nowadays. Unfortunately, I go a lot of places without wifi so I have to carry a dongle around. Drives me crazy that the trend is towards removing ports and I can't understand how anyone thinks adding yet another layer (usb/thunderbolt) to the network stack is sane.
- Fn keys default to alternate behavior;, e.g, brightening and dimming screen instead of F11 and F12. There is a BIOS setting to change this, but it's confusingly named. You have to turn the opposite one of what you'd think on.
- I got the 4k screen. It's very, very glossy.
- The arrow keys are very small.
I would highly recommend it so far, but I know people are picky about their macbooks. I've also only had it for a few months. I like laptops that last ten years, and I don't know if this one will make it.
I have exactly one complaint about this laptop, which is the touchpad under Linux. Initially, Ubuntu used the synaptics driver, which I simply could not lower the sensitivity enough to make it bearable. I have uninstalled the synaptics driver and now it's using xinput. This is a marked improvement, but I still can't use touch-to-click or I will get too many erroneous clicks around the screen while I'm typing. Also, and somewhat more annoyingly, I can't right-click without tap-to-click. I'm not sure what to do about that at all.
Overall, I think the problems are software. The keyboard is great, the screen is great, the battery life is very decent.
It's a great machine. I have no complaints. Well, I blew out the speakers doing something rather dumb but there are simple (T1.5) screws on the bottom; it was a trivial $10, 15 minute repair.
I bought the new x1 carbon and am never looking back to Apple.
It's not brew. Linux package managers are much better than brew, IMO. It's the fact that everything works out of the box and great build quality which makes devs use OSX.
I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the Dell XPS 15" 9570. Its CPU and memory blows anything Lenovo is releasing this year out of the water.
I've had mine for over a year now and the keyboard is in like new condition.
My MBP 2014 is starting to die in subtle ways so I'm not sure how much longer I have. Hopefully I last until the next release, but if I didn't at least this could help keep it safe when I'm not using it docked on my desk.
Keyboard? Awesome. Best keyboard I've ever used. Not a single problem. Ruined me for any other kind of keyboard.
USB-C? Best port ever. Nothing better than plugging a single cable into my dock that powers everything and an external monitor.
Giant touchpad? Rules. Can't go back to the dinky small ones.
Touchbar? Better than F keys.
I have an Air that I open up sometimes, and honestly, the keyboard and touchpad on it are nearly unusable for me after spending time with the new MBP.
Edit: I mean, I'm sure the emoji keyboard and large trackpad is better if your work involves the mouse and any of those applications where you have to click toolbar buttons a lot. Just not for typing.
I bought a model m clone (unicomp) a year ago and now the left alt key will get "stuck" and not register further keypresses. support just says to remove the key and reseat. actually, i have to press really hard on the key and that "releases" something so it works for maybe a week and then gets "stuck" again. -.-
Really like everything else but it’s light years behind the experience I had with an old “white” MacBook. No charging indicator, no sleep mode indicator, can’t switch ram, no remote (yes I used it!), no battery led indicator (remember the button underneath the Mac that lit up a battery level?)
Apple has said they would fix it, but they would need the machine for 5-10 day's, and this is my primary work machine.
I know this is very frustrating, so give it a try. It shouldn't cost more than 10-20$ and it's totally worth the price imho.
I went from a 2011 17" MacBook Pro (so good.. just too big) to an HP Spectre x360 with 4k display, which was apparently a top-reviewed laptop.
The HP would be great if it didn't have such a shitty touchpad, where there's a section that's always for right-clicking, even if you try to turn that off. (It resets after every OS patch).
I went back to my 17" MacBook Pro. It's still just too good. I may switch to the newer MacBook Pro models if they get the keyboard issue figured out.
And then there's the entire Unix development environment that's perfect on Macs..