Now that I use such a cable (L shape, like MagSafe 1), I find it better than the T shaped MagSafe 2 cables, which would disconnect/fall off all the time from my 2015 MBP.
1) Like this one (no affiliation at all): https://www.amazon.com/Magnetic-Adapter-Connector-Quick-Char...
I don’t know enough about EE to say why they don’t want a magnet between the USB-C connector and the rest of the cable.
I own a few USB-C devices, which are all obviously much newer, and none are as reliable as the MagSafe.
Of course it would be nice for Apple to lay off the price gouging but it by no means makes the device useless. I also reinstall my OS frequently and organize my data very deliberately so that takes away a lot of the decision-making that people try to avoid when using one big hard disk. I really only want MacOS and my applications on the device.
For the Pro, it's probably for corporations who want to save money on office laptops. I don't need 128GB for work, only for personal use. Some users would also choose the 128 GB model and fit their own 2TB Intel 660P with an adaptor... except oh no they can't, because the SSD is soldered on to the motherboard now.
New keyboard’s really, really loud, but otherwise (stuck keys aside) agree, previous was only marginally better. Bigger difference if you go back to the generation before that—even more key travel, quite a bit nicer.
That said, I do love my 2015 MBP keyboard in general, and loathe the 2018 one.
I now have a silicon cover on top of the keyboard which gives me a slightly better touch typing experience but is worse for other things.
I'm gonna ride this heavy machine until the wheels fall off.
EDIT: Did Apple ever even fix that? I think it had something to do with the T2 processor.
The thing I loved about the 540c was being able to swap in either a disk drive, a cdrom, or another battery into either of the two bays. And there was even a PowerPC upgrade for the 68k ones, that made them useful for several more years!
Recently I bought some more Thunderbolt 2 adaptors (they're getting hard to find). A dual USB and Ethernet adaptor has been very useful, I didn't realise how often I need 3 USB ports. The Transcend JetDrive 855 is also great for using the old SSD over Thunderbolt, and also supports M.2 using an adaptor.
Earlier this year my spare laptop was a 2013 MacBook Air 13". My dad's MacBook Pro 13" mid-2015 had a swollen battery, so he bought a new laptop and told me I could inherit his old one if I repair it. So I gave the Air to my girlfriend. The reflective coating is peeling off the 2015 Pro's screen, and that makes it look worse. But the battery life is still much better than my 15", for reasons I don't totally understand but is probably related to background processes.
About a month ago, I repaired a friend's Mac SE, and he gave me his 15" MacBook Pro 2007! That was the computer I had when I went off to university. Oh, how I love that keyboard. It feels amazing. The keys blend together without the holes in between, it's a joy to type on. Now I'm upgrading it with a dual USB 3.0 ExpressCard 34 adaptor and a new battery, and I'm wondering about buying a 4 TB Samsung 860 EVO (or two, one for the optical bay). That would give it more capacity than my main laptop!
I'm still procrastinating the SSD upgrade, because I wonder if new 2.5" SATA drives will be released with even more capacity, e.g. 6TB or 8TB. It seems like Samsung often schedule product releases in November, so if I haven't heard by the end of the month, I'll probably just order it. If a new 4 TB M.2 drive comes out then that would be nice too, for my main laptop. There's also the possibility of a dual M.2 to SATA adaptor, but then the M.2 drives need to support SATA and I think the 2TB Intel 660P doesn't.
I've been toying with the idea of upgrading for more RAM, so I can do my minimal Windows and Linux work in VMs and get rid of my other dedicated, rarely used laptops. When I found out that all macbook pros have touchbars now, I scoured the internet for a new 13" mbp with function keys. I got the last one from BH Photo, with 16G ram and 1TB ssd. I was very happy to find it. I hope I get a few years out of it, and I hope I don't have keyboard issues with it.
I do miss MagSafe, but I love being able to use any of the ports without thinking about it and sharing accessories. I don’t really use the touchbar so I guess that could go.
Unless Apple makes a serious commitment to quality and stops prioritizing form over function, I'm done with them.
his conclusion would be mine as well.
yes, apple is making a lot of mistakes, but their story is still miles beyond windows or linux, as far as i'm concerned. the situation would have to get a lot worse before i would consider switching.
he never said that. i personally really don't like the guy, but putting words in his mouth is never fair.
> When we set the upper limit of PC-DOS at 640K, we thought nobody would ever need that much memory.
The parent is not even using the quote for it’s original effect, I find it amusing that you’d take the time to comment on that.
the 8088 had a one megabyte address space, more or less. when the original architects were deciding how to allocate that space to ram, rom, peripherals, etc, it made sense to talk about where to put the dividing line, to say how much of it goes to ram. that's a small-scale technical-decision-type quote, whereas the one that gets repeated over and over and over and over again, erroneously, seems designed to show that gates was dangerously short-sighted about the future of computing.
gates has a lot of faults, but that's not one of them.
Maybe you’re reading too much into it? I think he was honestly amazed by a 10x jump, and we hadn’t learned yet that programs will naturally expand to fill all the resources available.
My Dell XPS has 8GB. Definitely not enough!