I certainly wouldn't upgrade to the current range so they're going to have to do something special in the next 12-18 months or I'll be taking an Ubuntu desktop crash course and getting a Lenovo or similar.
I do wish other laptop makers would start to offer hackintosh-friendly models, because at this point it's only macOS that I really want.
I ended up with getting a LG Gram. 2 normal USB 3.0, 1 USB-C, HDMI, SD card, 8th gen CPU. Affordable, very light. Great battery life (marketing materials say 22.5 hrs). I run dual-boot Kubuntu and Win10 on it. Really like it.
The MBP is by default already booting into Debian and its so much better than macOS. Every time I go back, it’s a nightmare.
My best bet (after looking around a lot) is the newest Lenovo x1 Carbon.
Honestly, under Linux, I'm using i3wm as a Window Manager and Emacs (with evil-mode) for mostly everything else. Everything is accessible with shortcuts. I don't miss macOS for those and not for a whole lot of other things. The only thing I haven't found a better (that's subjective, of course) alternative, yet, is HDR photography editing.
I wish there were an workstation-focused operating system out there that had the polish of Mac OS X but can run on a wide range of PCs. Since the demise of BeOS there hasn't been any new commercial operating systems for personal computers; it's just Windows, Mac OS X, or commercial Linux distributions. Personally it should be inspired by some of the best ideas of computing, ideas that were ahead of their time back when they first appeared but may be successful today if reimplemented and reintroduced the right way. I'm talking about some of the ideas of Smalltalk that didn't make its way into contemporary GUIs. I'm talking about Lisp machines such as the ones Symbolics made that ran the Genera environment. Take the ideas of such systems, then add something like Apple's OpenDoc to encourage the construction of small, composable GUI tools that developers could write, and then use tried-and-true UI guidelines like those from the Mac OS 8 era, and we would have an operating system that is extensible, has a consistent user interface conforming to tried-and-true guidelines, and supports programmable GUI workflows while also supporting the command line via some sort of REPL.
There is a guy working on his own "open source" laptop, and his eventual goal is to have it run lisp all the way down:
However the new machines more look like toys, come with a higher price and have no benefits, the thiness is just too much. I mean the 2013" models have no weight compared to other 15" machines and it's already a heating machine.
I'm sad that if apple won't make a 360° turn that it was my last macbook pro.
The now three year old 2015 model remains the best Mac laptop available, it's an upgrade in every way; a wonderful working keyboard, a hardware escape key, hardware function keys, no annoying Touch Bar, ports, MagSafe, no dongles needed, did I mention ports?
I genuinely hope Apple scraps the current models entirely and starts anew with the MacBook Pro, with the professional user actually in mind. They already have two consumer focused laptops, why did they screw up the pro?
After all of these reviews coming out I’m really happy that I did.
Which is strange because I never thought the 2012 keyboard was exceptional.
Do any of you prefer the new keyboard?
However, the problems are real. My ‘t’ key gets stuck regularly. Some other keys have had problems as well. And I rarely use the keyboard (at work I connect a Microsoft Natural Keyboard). I have also heard that colleagues have stuck keys.
I think it is absolutely inexcusable for a laptop that was 1699 Euro new. I have been a Mac user for 10 years. But Apple’s inability and unwillingness to address the problem leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I am now also unlikely to recommend MacBooks until they fix this issue.
Mine got replaced after one year use (and I got AppleCare immediately after that). Unfortunately after less than a month keys started to get stuck again and I do keep quite good hygiene around my computer.
I actually love the way it _feels_. If they could get the same feel with normal reliability, it'd be the best keyboard ever IMO. But no key feel, no matter how good, is worth this ludicrous failure rate.
My next laptop probably will be Dell.
P.S. For now, I use MacBook Pro 2015 but it getting more and more out of date. Especially after release of hex-core processors.
PS: I like the feeling of the MBP keyboard.
If you have to hold your 15" computer like a restaurant menu with one hand and a compressed air tank in the other - it is a very bad design.
Jobs would not tolerate this.
He's the guy who blamed a customer for holding the iPhone wrong instead of admitting the antenna design was poor, I could definitely see Jobs not accepting that people live with dust.
It appears they weren't thinking.
The Touch Bar is a huge mystery to me and a colossal nuisance, who wants to look down at their fingers to type? Did we not spend our earliest computing years mastering touch typing specifically for the efficiency of NOT having to look down at your hands when typing? Growing up, our computer lab teacher would place a box over your hands to force you to memorize the key locations to drive home the point, and once memorization occurred it really clicked and WPM and general computing efficiency skyrocketed for everyone. So then comes the Touch Bar to solve no problem but instead introduce new problems, where your hands and fingers literally block the Touch Bar visibility from any normal usage viewing angle, meaning you have to move your hands away from the keyboard, then awkwardly poke around imprecisely with a single floating finger on a little tiny screen to hit "escape" or the "X" button to find the escape key or the brightness and audio output adjustments and other function keys. Did nobody at Apple test it out? Or even think it through? Where is their person to say "no" to what are clearly bad ideas?
That same culture has obvious upsides as well; I'm not trying to just knock Apple as incompetent. I just think the flip side of that coin makes things like the TouchBar more likely to survive scrutiny there.
I suppose Touch Bar just doesn't seem particularly novel to me though, many consumer level PC laptops used to have little touch bars as FN keys in the early and mid 2000s, and they were just as much of a hassle then which is probably why no manufacturer kept them around.
I've yet to encounter a single good use for the touchbar, even the volume control is annoying to use. Especially since it's essentially impossible to hit without looking since there's no 'key feel', and I keep finding myself triggering touchbar actions because my fingers slightly overshoot the number or backspace key on occasion.
It'd be great as an optional addition above the F-keys, or even a little further away since it requires a concerted effort to use anyway.
Even the fact that the pretend 'escape' key doesn't properly operate all the way to the end of the bar (such that it might align with the keys below it) suggests it was far more about aesthetics or some weird notion of 'design' than actual usability.
Or I'm just not the right sort of Pro.
Yet there is still a solution which would probably satisfy most users: A traditional function key row and an additional Touch Bar above.
I've been quoted between 15-250 to replace the keyboard. I haven't been able to leave the notebook at a shop yet but my workaround is to use it stationed connected to a Bluetooth keyboard.
I wonder if this issue is common with my model as well (not the butterfly mechanics i beleive)
These issues are insignificant compared to the problems I've had with the screen coating; my first Mac laptop has been a pretty disappointing experience overall.
However, El Capitan is the last OSX that will install on it, and this year even the Turbotax software gave me a warning that their software for next year will not run on my system and I'll have to either get a newer one or use their web product.
Public outcry is nice, but unless it's actually stopping people buying them, I'm not sure it helps.
This week I will somewhat begrudgingly swap out the Air for a 2015 15 inch MBP, hoping it will last me long.
Give me a break, Apple