New MacBook Pros were announced on Thursday and now that the dust has settled, I can talk about it a bit. I have lots of gripes about this machine being a "pro" machine and have concluded that maybe Apple doesn't want to differentiate between the Pro and Non-Pro names any longer. This latest update to the MacBook Pro line seems to play into that very nicely.
I like that Apple is pushing for Thunderbolt 3 on these new computers but to totally remove all other connections (including MagSafe!) from their computers is pretty crazy. Part of the sell for Apple here is that they can make an even thinner computer without the other connections, but is that what pro users really want? Isn't that what the MacBook and MacBook Air are supposed to be? The Pro is the beast, the monster of a computer that is supposed to do it all with no compromise. That new OLED touch bar is so gimmicky I don't even know what to say about it at the moment. It just seems so stupid. Any pro user who hasn't already learned the normal keyboard shortcuts to do some of the things that touch bar can do is really not a pro user (also, there's no touch feedback on that touch bar). And with that new keyboard borrowed from the MacBook, I'm not so sure the MBP is aiming for professionals at all anymore.
If anything, this makes me super-duper-happy that I ended up purchasing a 2015 MBP instead. That computer does it all, is crazy fast, is pretty damn thin and light, and still has an amazing screen.
And get this: If you spec out the top of the line MBP, that'll run you $4299. OMG. Wut.