My thoughts on the new Macbook

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On March 9, Apple released a new Macbook and finally unveiled the details on its Apple Watch. With a few refreshes thrown in.

The new Macbook

I like that the macbook comes in more colours, something I have been eager to see since iPhones started coming in those colours. I also like the sheer thin-ness of this thing. I bet it feels great and is solidly constructed like all macbooks. That raw emotion and intuitiveness when you pick up and use a Macbook is still there I am sure.

However, I do not like how they ditched something as useful as magsafe, and put in only one port. It seems ridiculous to have to purchase and carry around an adapter to both charge and use USB. What happens if you forget your adapter on the go? Plus I don’t see how an additional port on the right side would compromise the thin-ness. This compromise could have been avoided.

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend you buy it. I think Apple’s made a bit of a mistake with this one. For the price, buy a 13″ Macbook Pro with Retina display and forget about this one. They cost roughly the same at base specs.

The apple watch

Not something I would buy yet. But I see how it could be successful. That gold Apple Watch is a bit far-fetched though. However, making something all the more inaccessible increases people’s cravings for it. It’s the oldest marketing trick in the book. It’ll definitely sell.

The rest

Macbook Airs still have not been given the Retina treatment, yet now have more powerful processors than that Macbook, but a worse screen. Is this a sign that the line will be axed at some point in favour of the Macbook?

Personally, I use a 15 inch Retina Macbook Pro I purchased a little over a year ago when I decided to completely abandon desktops. So far, it’s been great. And I’ve been waiting to see a new release in order for me to upgrade my laptop. Understandably, the lack of updates to this line was disappointing.

I understand the delays in the processor for the 15″, since quad core Haswell processors have not yet been released by Intel, yet why not at least throw in the force touch trackpad? Something to freshen up a product line that is essentially the same as last year’s?

Yet I have no doubt the technologies from the Macbook will filter down to the Pro. A Macbook Pro with four or five USB-C ports would be very interesting indeed. That’s weird though. Usually technologies make their way from the high-end to the low-end through a flagship product.

C’est le monde à l’envers.

1 Comment

  1. “I don’t see how an additional port on the right side would compromise the thin-ness” → True word, this makes no sense at all.

    “Is this a sign that the line will be axed at some point in favour of the Macbook?” → I guess the Macbook Air and (just) Macbook lines will merge in the short term.

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