So Apple once again released some product refreshes quietly, with little fanfare. I had expected the refreshed MacBook Pros to be revealed at WWDC but lo and behold they snuck them out already.
Overall, it’s pretty underwhelming to see no major design changes. The Touch Bar is still there, there aren’t any extra ports, the bezel remains, etc, etc. Sure, it’s got the 8-core processor and the SUPPOSEDLY fixed keyboard (which still won’t have nearly enough key travel for my taste).
I’m typing this on my 2015 MBP, with all its glorious ports, the lovely keyboard, and no Touch Bar. But, it’s starting to show its age. It heats up quickly, the battery life sucks, things are starting to hang and overall it looks and feels dated.
The company I work for offers a hardware refresh every 3 years and my time is here. I’d been holding out to see what might be coming up but at this rate, I’d have to wait until AT LEAST the fall before something different comes along. If it does, I’ll be bummed that I went ahead with the just-released model. But so be it. Gotta pull the trigger at some point.
I’ve got the 15” 2.3GHz 8‑core model coming. To keep costs down I’m sticking with the 16GB of RAM and the 512GB hard drive. My current laptop has 1TB but there’s a lot of crap on here that I don’t need.
I look forward to a thinner and lighter machine, with (I’m assuming) longer battery life and less heat/noise. We’ll see how I adjust to the new keyboard and maybe I can actually find some uses for the silly Touch Bar. I’ll miss ports but I got myself a HyperDrive USB C Hub to go along with a new 34-inch curved ultra-wide monitor.
It’s gonna be a whole new world compared to my 2015 MBP and the 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display I’ve been rocking for over 3 years. Fingers crossed that the performance improvements and the extra screen real estate will be worth the adjustments.