Since I’m sure some of you are already angrily typing comments about my claim that the new MacBook Pros aren’t designed for professionals at all – on purpose! – but for affluent regular consumers, here’s Mac developer Michael Tsai’s summary of the community’s responses to the new MacBook Pros.
I was really disappointed with today’s Apple event. It seems like Apple has either lost its way, that it has lost touch with what (some of) its customers want, or that it simply doesn’t care about those customers. Developers are a captive audience, and creative professionals can switch to Windows, I guess. Apple no longer considers them core.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with what Apple announced. I like Thunderbolt 3. The display looks good. I’m not crazy about Touch Bar, but it does seem potentially useful. The problem is that the MacBook Pro is not a true Pro notebook.
I really think this line is the core reason why the Mac is being neglected:
It has seemed clear for a while that the CEO doesn’t really understand the Mac, or simply doesn’t like it that much, and that’s a problem for those of us who do.
Ding, ding, ding.
I genuinely don’t see the problem. I’m an iOS developer. The new macs support 5k displays, they’re faster, the touch bar will put common commands literally at my fingertips. That all sounds amazing to me. What’s the alternative? Switch to Windows? Having a touch screen won’t help my work. Prior to working as an iOS developer I worked as a Java developer on both PCs (Windows and Linux) and Macs. The compilation time was 2x on Windows, with Linux slightly faster than OS X. I’m not going to switch to Linux and have to look at the ugly graphics, and have my heart in my mouth every time I have to upgrade the software.
So if by “pro” people mean “artists”, then who cares other than artists themselves? Maybe I’m missing something, but I really can’t see any level-headed genuine criticism apart from about the price. The price is very high, but that doesn’t make the machine worse, it just makes it expensive.
These will be fantastic machines for developers, writers, editors, musicians, etc.