So they’ve been announced, what do y’all think?
- Ports: I am thankful they have bought back MagSafe, SD Card slot and HDMI. I am a little annoyed that they cost a USB-C port, but I guess this was to avoid adding another controller.
- TouchBar: It shoulda received some love over the last 5 years, but did not. At least it will no longer get in the way when using the laptop, on my lap.
- Screen: I like everything, but the Notch. IMHO the Notch was a stop gap design from 2017, which most of the industry overcame in 2019. TBH: As the camera tech in Apple’s laptops is so far behind, I wouldn’t have minded if they simply didn’t include one (as an option of course).
- Battery Life: Excellent.
- Performance: So far it appears that single core performance is unchanged, multi-core performance is improved by more performance threads. Unless the apps you use are properly optimized for multi-core, you may not see any improvement. The rumored "High Performance’ mode will hopefully change that.
- Memory: This is where I feel most frustrated. That 16GB of memory is unified with the GPU, which may mean you only have 8GB for OS and application usage. If you want to ensure that you have 16GB for the OS and your apps, you need to upgrade to 32 GB, which is way overpriced at $400. 64 GB is a whopping $1,200 extra. In comparison, 64GB of RAM does not even cost Apple $200.
- Storage; Am happy with the speed, but their prices continue to be way too high.
- Charger: Currently it appears to only come with a USB-C charger, which means you’re only left with two USB-C ports when it is plugged in. If you want MagSafe (why wouldn’t you), it’s an additional $150 on top. For a company that removed the iPhone charger to save the environment, this is a bit of a slap in the face.
So what are your thoughts?