Apple’s MacBook Pro 2016 has a serious dongle issue, and the problem will not go away anytime soon. Sure, in the future, accessory makers will likely switch to the brand new USB-C port, but until then you’ll still have to buy all sorts of adapters for your machine. If you’re in need for such adapters and are looking for an all-in-one solution, then you absolutely need to look at this Kickstarter campaign that should save you from dongle hell. More →
The new MacBook Pro is objectively Apple’s best laptop ever, but it’s also getting plenty of criticism for its lack of notable improvements. Additionally, the new laptop has a graphics issue that Apple is currently investigating, and if that wasn’t enough, there also appears to be a potential battery problem affecting some units. More →
Microsoft did not release a new Surface Pro 5 laptop this year, likely waiting for certain components to become available. For the same reason, the brand new Surface Book model Microsoft launched to fight against the 2016 MacBook Pro isn’t a true Surface Book 2 generation. But Surface fans have reasons to be excited about 2017, as the new year will bring them the Surface upgrade they deserve. More →
The new MacBook Pro was a “courageous” decision for Apple in a bunch of different ways: only USB-C ports, that Touch Bar, killing off MagSafe. But all of those decisions have valid (if small) design benefits for Apple, so we’ll let them stand.
One thing that’s difficult to explain away is the Pro’s lack of graphical power. For a laptop that’s supposed to be aimed at creative professionals — the people who made Macs desirable in the first place — the Pro is woefully inadequate for video editing, photographers, or anyone who needs more than a glorified netbook.
When Apple launched the new MacBook Pro, it was rightly hounded for choosing to only give the power laptop USB-C ports. It’s a trade-off: each USB-C port can do much more than any other port, as it can carry data, video and power through one cable, but you’re going to need a bunch of dongles to make your MacBook work with other devices.
Sure, companies have already launched all-in-one docking stations for the new MacBook Pro, but having to carry around a docking station that gives you the same functionality as a laptop from 2011 is a little annoying.
But put all those ports into a device that’s also a cooling pad and a large external battery? Now we’re talking.
There’s a long list of head-scratching decisions surrounding the otherwise-excellent new MacBook Pro. One of the strangest is the processor decision. After waiting five years to give us a new Pro, why couldn’t Apple wait a couple more months to get the newest and best processor that Intel has to offer?
We won’t ever have a full answer to that, but very shortly, we will know what we’re missing out on. Reports have suggested that Intel’s much-awaited Kaby Lake laptop processors are set to land at the Consumer Electronics Show this year.
There might be one more reason to avoid buying the brand new MacBook Pro right now: Apple’s newest laptop could have some serious GPU issues that Apple is yet to explain and fix. More →
You wouldn’t know it based on the sheer volume of complaints surrounding Apple’s new MacBook Pro models, but the company’s new notebook line appears to be resonating with consumers in a big way. Though Apple’s new laptops have been criticized from all angles for being overpriced and under-powered, Phil Schiller a few weeks back said that initial MacBook Pro orders were quick to set new sales records.
One of the biggest complaints surrounding Apple’s new MacBook Pro lineup is that the machines can’t be upgraded beyond 16GB of RAM. This, along with a few other reasons, has created something of a backlash among developers and creative professionals who argue that Apple’s new notebooks are overpriced and under-powered.
Even though Apple’s 2017 MacBook Pro update will reportedly include a price reduction and support for 32GB of RAM, and even though Apple’s new laptops are reportedly selling like hotcakes, there remains a vocal minority of users who still can’t wrap their collective heads around the fact that Apple, in 2016, would release a Pro level laptop with no upgrade option for 32GB of memory.
If you’re angling to get a new MacBook Pro but aren’t up for spending a minimum of $1799 to pick up a model featuring Apple’s new Touch Bar, Amazon is currently selling Apple’s entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro (sans the Touch Bar) for just $1399. All told, that represents a $100 discount compared to what you’ll find anywhere else.
Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro has received plenty of criticism from all sorts of potential buyers, even though the machine is probably one of the best laptops you can buy. Some people hate the lack of ports, while others would love to be able to add more RAM to the laptop or upgrade the storage in the future.
If you buy an entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, you’ll at least be able to replace the SSD yourself. But Touch Bar versions come with soldered SSDs. That means users are stuck with the initial storage, and a discovery tells us that’s a rather scary prospect when it comes to data recovery.
With the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar finally shipping, Apple earlier today rolled out a new commercial for its nex-gen notebook. Titled “Bulbs”, the ad takes us on a gripping trip back in time as we see a steady stream of some of the most important human inventions throughout history, from the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel to space travel and advanced robotics.
It’s finally here! The 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has begun shipping, and many early adopters received their preordered units earlier this week. The new laptop and its Touch Bar keyboard have already been thoroughly probed and reviewed — here’s a roundup of reviews. Those deep dives were all great, but the following video review explains exactly how fast the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar really is, looking both at benchmark results and at performance when handling real-life tasks. More →