It's over five years old now, and starting to feel the strain, but I'll get a few years out of it yet. Some colleagues deeply regret "upgrading" to the newer MBPs. The keyboard and the constant dongle switching are the main bugbears, but there's other build quality issues as well.
Either Apple gets it right with this revision, or ours is one industry that will inevitably move to other machines. There's not that many of us, but Apples dominance of the creative industries has been a huge part of it's marketing appeal to a more general audience. It'll be interesting to see if they'll regret alienating it down the line.
Actually, I first bought a Galago, just before the Darter came out. They have a 30-day return policy, and the Darter was a better match for what I was looking for, so I traded. In a progression of "glassiness", I would put the Darter between the Galago and the MBP.
My LG is nice, but often gets confused about when my laptop is plugged in. Both of my Dells are ok, but randomly lose signal and can't control the volume from the Apple keyboard or from the OS. It would also be nice to not need a docking station and or adapter anymore.
All I wanted was to stick the laptop under my desk and run a keyboard, a mouse, two monitors, speakers and an external hard drive off of a single USB-C port and that one small change to silence the monitor's "wake-up beep" made a huge difference in the experience.
unplugging and re-plugging the mDP cable doesn't help, I have to reboot the laptop to get the screen to turn on (Dell U2415)
The 6K screen I predicted. It's the most data you can send over ThunderBolt 3. It does however, gimp any dock you could be able to use.
Now, will other manufacturers be quick to copy the 16" laptop?
Also the LG gram: https://www.lg.com/us/laptops/lg-17Z990-RAAS8U1-ultra-slim-l...
Hopefully they will bump the pixel density and keep the 15” footprint by just using the black bezels around the screen. It’s kind of a shame that’s the current 15” doesn’t have a pixel density high enought to support 1:4 pixel matching in their default resolution. It results in blurry text.
Only thing I ever fullscreen is Netflix/Hulu/etc
can't imagine a miniscule dark spot at the top of the image bothering me
The current MacBook Pros are 15.4” and 13.3”.
I want the same ports on the iphone as on the macbook.
No one cares about the damn touch bar. No one cares to have another few tenths of a mm shaved off the thickness.
I do. (To be fair, it's why I use a MacBook Air.)
Apple's R&D department also does. Miniaturization is still a trend. By pushing the envelope on the iPhone they were well positioned for watches.
The technology is there to allow us to have both without too much compromise either way. That's great!
Yes, there are a minority of people who want to fully optimise for one at the expense of the other, but Apple are serving the majority of the market, and the majority of market wants both in one machine, compromises included.
Except it's not there, there are compromises, mainly around durability and repair costs. In my experience modern macs laptops are more fragile than older ones and cost a lot of money to fix when they break. Sometimes they break due to design compromises and even more design compromises up the repair cost through the roof (see complaints about the display cable for an example).
Apple has proven that they will trade repair cost & repair-ability away for anything. Even nothing.
I really do hate the new keyboard to the point where I simply don't do any dev work until I plug in my dongle with my screen/keyboard. It's really that bad. The touch bar has been useless as well and more of an announce sometimes, especially when it would freeze randomly.
My phone came with a USB to USB-C adapter so now I can plug in the mouse as well.
I'm living the one-port-to-rule-them-all dream with my ancient Google phone, and I find it weird that even current-gen iPhones still required a weird proprietary Lightning cable.
Apple's marketing department cares.