Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Nov 2016 18:22 UTC

Vlad Savov, the tech reporter with the most awesome name in the industry, hits some nails on their heads:

Many of us have been talking our way around this issue for the past week without directly confronting it, so I feel like now's as good a time to address it as any: Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops are not designed for professional use.

This should come as no surprise to those who've long perceived the Mac platform as inward-looking, limited in compatibility, and generally worse value for money than comparable Windows alternatives. Pros are smart with their tools and their money, after all. But the change with Apple's 2016 generation of MacBook Pros is that those downsides have been amped up - more expensive and less compatible than ever before - to an extreme that exposes the fallacy of the continued use of the Pro moniker. These are Apple's premium laptops, its deluxe devices, but not in any meaningful way computers tailored for the pros. A MacBook Pro is now simply what you buy if you're in the Apple ecosystem and have a higher budget and expectations than the MacBook can fulfill.

Basically exactly what I said last week.

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by fmaxwell on Tue 8th Nov 2016 11:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: well ..."
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For me, Pro means that this is a computer I can carry around everywhere, use all day, has plenty of performance, and will last for several years. All while being light, sturdy, completely silent and feel as new now as it will feel in 4 years. I will probably never have to wipe it and reinstall anything, replace anything or feel left behind.


"Pro" also means that the company understands that my time has value and that downtime has cost. If I have a MacBook Pro that suffers a failure, there are stocked, carry-in service counters at Apple stores all over the world. "Pro" means that the product is made to high mechanical standards with reliable, top-drawer components. There aren't a lot of notebook computers that qualify as "pro," which is probably why so many journalists rely on MacBook Pros.

Edited 2016-11-08 11:35 UTC

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