I'm looking around for a new work setup for a software development environment. I can choose freely both for software and for hardware and since I like macOS and use it myself for quite some time the choice seemed obvious.
My problem is, for a decent upgrade both in RAM and disk space I have to go for a $2199 model (the new MacBook Pro touch bar with 16GB RAM and 512GB disk) which seems to leave almost no budget left for anything besides the monitor.
So, having said this, I do have a question: do you believe that this year's MacBook Pro is worth this value? I'm willing to give up some things from my setup (likely a usb-c dock that I'll buy on my own later for example) if it really means I'm getting a laptop that's worth it.
The primary reason I'm inclined to go with this year's model is the T2 chip that I believe to be of significant value for its added security during boot, Touch ID, disk encryption and camera and microphone processing. This is something I personally value but I wasn't able to find much technical reviews about this chip that would prove its worth to me.
I don't particularly care for the touch bar (I admit it may be useful, but in my opinion they should've only added it above the function keys and only if it didn't mean a great bump in price) so, apart from the reason above I'd be open to choose another model.
What's your opinion on the current MacBook Pro offering?
PS: I do have to say though that all their pro hardware seems to be very overpriced for their current offerings and even though I love their products I have to admit that if I really were in the market for a personal laptop, I'd have a very difficult time choosing myself between a Mac or a PC.