Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Oct 2016 19:17 UTC

Apple today announced the all-new MacBook Pro, confirming that the new computer will come in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, in both Silver and Space Gray color options. The MacBooks are thinner and lighter than their previous generations, come with a Trackpad that's larger than the ones on the previous MacBooks, and have a redesigned keyboard for better typing.

Apple calls it "the most powerful MacBook Pro ever," and the 13-inch model features a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. The 15-inch version has a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage. Both computers reach "up to 2.3 times the graphics performance" of the previous generation.


No new iMacs (more than one year since last update), no new Mac Mini (two years since last update), no new Mac Pro (three years since last update). Apple totally cares about the Mac, folks.

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Expensive, but port-killing is the future
by Eugenia on Thu 27th Oct 2016 21:16 UTC
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I find that for my needs as a power user, the previous Macbook Pro from 2015 (13", 16 GB, 256 GB, ~3 Ghz CPU) was right on my alley at around $1800. I should have bought it months ago, I made a mistake by waiting.

But the new models are more expensive, while they get rid of all the ports (and the SDXC port, which is important for ppl into photo/video like myself).

However, as much as this saddens me, it's also where the future goes, and where it should be in fact. You see, the problem here is that all of us are thinking of the laptop as a standalone device. That's why we need all these ports.

What Apple is doing (and others will surely follow), is to use the laptop as the "brain", and when additional peripherals are needed, they can be connected via usb-c. This is why the picture they showed with the two LG monitors look like a high end workstation of a film editor's office. Because they position their new laptops as workstations as well.

And this is why there isn't any new iMac or Mac Pro (and they will never be any new ones either). Desktop computers are dead as far as Apple is concerned. What Apple is doing is trying to make the Macbook become the new desktop AND laptop.

Today's CPU power on laptops rivals that of most desktops, so it's not an issue anymore to have the laptop play that role too. In the past, that would have been a problem, but today, it's not so much. Consider smartphone CPUs too: smartphones in 2010 were 10-12 years behind average desktop computers in terms of CPU power. Today's smartphones are only 3 years behind. So that plays well for laptops too, so it makes sense to repurpose the laptop also as the "brain" of your desktop too.

The RED cameras do the same too. The RED comes with a brain by default, which is very rudimentary, and to build functionality, you need to buy a lot of other things around it -- if desired. Apple is doing the same here.

Honestly, I can see the logic behind it all. The only problem is that the brain needs to be cheap in order for that market strategy to work. And the new Macbook Pros aren't cheap. That's the actual misstep of Apple here.

Finally, I will make a prediction here regarding the Touch Bar: the future of laptops is that this touchbar will take over the whole bottom side of the laptop. There won't be a physical keyboard and a touchpad. Instead, it will just be one touchscreen (with tactile feedback), that changes depending on what's needed to be done. The Touch Bar is just the first step.

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