Apple surprised the world this morning by releasing a much-anticipated update to MacBook Pro. It’s a slight refresh that comes with 8th-gen Intel Core processors and updated keyboards on some MacBook Pro models. It’s not a game-changer, but it does address two common complaints with current options for some MacBook Pros.
But there’s a problem A big problem.
Instead of refreshing the entire lineup of MacBook Pros like other laptop makers, Apple has decided to give Six-Core updates only for its top-level laptops. This means if you want an up-to-date MacBook Pro, you’ll spend one. That means you’ll pay a premium for the Touch Bar, a feature that the average MacBook user will either actively dislike or completely ignore.
Our favorite version of the MacBook Pro – 3 1,300 entry-level versions without the touch bar – has been left in the dust. Apple will return to its testing with the Touch Bar (and maybe even a Touch Bar selling the 15-inch version) in hopes that all is lost. Because it wasn’t included in the update, that version of MacBook Pro will probably never be touched again. It will simply be sold to unsuspecting customers in search of an affordable way to buy on the Mac Eco system. This is the same situation as the MacBook Air over the years.
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The problem is exacerbated when you consider keyboard issues around MacBook Pro. Apple has finally acknowledged the problem of sticking keys with replacement and repair, but it has also introduced a “third-generation” butterfly process to the refreshed MacBook Pros. These new keyboards promise to be more quiet and we assume they are less likely to break. Unfortunately, low-end MacBook Pros have gone out of the equation again.
Don’t get me wrong I’m happy Apple finally brought its MacBook Pros into the modern era of the six-core CPU. It’s a bit late, but I’ll stick to replacing the keyboard. I’m just annoyed that Apple is again taking advantage of entry-level Apple fans who will undoubtedly buy older computers because they don’t know any better. Now the only real hope is that Apple will actually release the rumored MacBook Pro Air later this year, so save your pennies.