While iTunes and App Store are suffering from a major downtime of the year, let’s talk about a shining star in Apple’s Spring Forward event – the new MacBook Pro which stole the show from the Apple Watch.
So, what’s so good about the new MacBook? Is it worth buying?
Again, Apple ‘reinvented’ the MacBook. To me, MacBook is a product long ago, well before I buy into the Apple Ecosystem. It was yet a revolution at that time. But comparing to our expectations nowadays, it was plastic, thick and unappealing in terms of appearance.
The design of the new MacBook is very impressive, which I think is better than ever. It is the thinnest and lightest, well-built metallic structure, reduced bezel…just looks great.
It also come with three color options. This is definitely a strategy that Apple further steps up on the alignment of other product lines, iPhone and iPads that offers Space Grey, Silver and Gold color options. This is extremely appealing to customer that aims at having a ‘set’ of Apple Products. Think about the most preferred color in China – Gold – that an Apple fanboy having all in Gold color, putting them all on the small Starbucks wooden table. That’s absolutely eye-catching.
If you are a geek like me, you would get to love what is supplied in the thinnest MacBook body. The logic board is now one third of the size of the precedents; the remaining spaces are filled with terraced, contoured battery cells; the CPU is more powerful but more power efficient so the MacBook can serve with 35% longer battery life; the touchpad is ramped up with Force Touch technology; the base model now ships with 8GB of RAM instead of 2 or 4GB; last but not least, the screen is now Retina Display.
The only USB-C Port
The USB 3.1 (via a Type C connector) is the one and only I/O port on the new MacBook. Now power, data and display connections are all unified into this single port. It will certainly force the competitors to rethink on their product and it may eventually become a trend. This also makes the body of the new MacBook looks perfect.
However, realistically, this means that you definitely need to pay extra 100 bucks-ish for some hub or related accessories. Certainly it is a good news for Apple and accessories manufacturers. If you are a MacBook Air user, there is not much you need to change in terms of habit. But if you are like me a MacBook Pro user, well then it will do take some time to get used to finding cables and hubs and plugging them around the table.
The price point isn’t bad at $1,299 / $1,599; it is a fair price for a new Apple laptop. But with reduced price tag for older generation MacBook Airs and Pros, it really leaves customers with a tough decision to make.
It is not hard to love such an impressive product, especially you are a MacBook user. I do feel that the one I am using to compose this post (MacBook Pro mid-2012) looks much obsoleted. But somehow I can’t afford losing the convenience of having DVD drive, all sorts of ports and card slots that comes really handy when I always work with it at home for most of the time. If mobility is the first priority for you, the new 12 inch MacBook definitely worth you to cash in for new or to upgrade. For MacBook Pro users, with such price, you can get a much more powerful device easily.
Overall speaking, the new MacBook is the best choice if that’s your first purchase, or upgrade from old MacBook air with crappy display in my opinion. The single port design will easily be the future of laptops. You won’t go wrong with your spending, certainly.