From what Apple showed me on stage, I was unimpressed. If anything, the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar got me thinking about the next iMac, the Microsoft Surface Studio, or perhaps building my own PC (maybe even making it a hackintosh). It doesn’t have the latest Intel processors, the graphics cards are more suited for rendering than general purpose and gaming, the Touch Bar removes the function keys, things I, a programmer, use often, and the Touch Bar didn’t look like something that would really add utility to the device, especially since it would require using Apple’s keyboard. Let’s not forget it only has 4 ports, and none of them are your standard USB, used by mice, keyboards, cameras, and even your Apple iPhone. Want to upgrade it? Literally nothing internal is upgradable, not even the storage, and the MacBook Pro maxes out at an unimpressive 16GB of memory. Plus, it’s more expensive than the computer it’s supposed to be replacing. It seemed as though Apple made a laptop without even looking at the competition, let along the rest of their products. My coworkers are also mostly software developers, with interests that include gaming and photography. We all develop on Macs, with most of us using the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro, hooked up to an Apple Thunderbolt display. Out of all of us, only one wanted to order the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and even that person was only doing it to replace an aging Mac, they weren’t overly enthused. In fact, I haven’t spoken to anyone who was enthusiastic about the new MacBook Pro, and that’s not something I’m not used to seeing for Apple products. However, it’s the second time I’ve seen it in the past two months. No one was enthusiastic about the iPhone 7 either.
Has Apple lost its luster? I’ve been too stressed and busy lately to go grocery shopping, let alone heading to my local Apple Store, but I hope to go this week to get my own impression of the MacBook Pro. Until then, I’ve compiled a few reviews, which are a mixed bag. The MacBook Pro is the fastest laptop Apple’s ever made, and it’s thin and light, so there’s still a lot to love, even if it wasn’t exactly what we hoped for. In fact, I was surprised to hear so many positive things about these new MacBook Pro computers. Below you’ll find reviews from some of my most trusted review sites, with a wide range of opinions and Apple love or indifference.