Let’s face it, we were all pretty excited about the new Apple MacBook Pro launch. The update to Apple’s MacBook Pro line was long overdue and it was with a lot of expectations that people viewed the unveiling. Apple MacBook Pro 2016 did surprise and disappoint at the same time. MacBook users were expecting a complete revamp and a new look for the all new MacBook pro series. However, when it came to the designing revamp, they were disappointed. MacBook Pro 2016 did not offer anything new in terms of design or looks. The form factor stayed the same. However, the one amazing change they made and that they hoped would perhaps eclipse all the disappointments (but that did not happen) was the introduction of the TouchBar and the TouchID. Just like Apple’s iPhones, TouchID now came to MacBook Pro and that isdefinitely set to improve the experience.Also Read - Apple launched new 13-inch Macbook Pro with Magic Keyboard
But then, what is the TouchBar? And is it a good thing or bad? Well, Apple did something really simple. They chucked out thos Function keys and instead, replaced them with a new TouchBar. So now, the TouchBar is a, as the name suggests, touch panel and also the functions keys, rolled into one. The TouchBar lets users perform a whole lot of functions and it is definitely a path breaking new development. But then, is the TouchBar enough? true, Apple added the TouchBar and the TouchID and that definitely increases the enigma and excitement of Apple MacBook Pros but then, for majority of the professionals who use MacBook Pros for professional purposes, that is not enough. The TouchBar seems more like a frivolous addition rather than a substantial upgrade. The changes Apple made to the rest of the Macbook Pro feel far more disappointing than the one TouchBar which seems like a cheap candy in comparison. Also Read - Apple to unveil 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro with mini LED technology next year: Ming-Chi Kuo
But then, what exactly are these issues that people are complaining about? And are they substantial? Each time there’s a new launch, there are some changes that the manufacturer makes to the device, and these changes are not always exciting enough. They aren’t as great or as convenient as the user expected or hoped they would be and thus, begins a long list of complaints. But while at times substantial, at times these complaints seem silly. So then, when it comes to the Macbook Pro 2016, there are 4 major complaints MacBook users have with the new series. But then, will these 4 negatives outweigh the positives? Are they that important in terms of Apple’s Macbook Pro success? Well, looking at things, perhaps yes. These issues will hit the professionals the most and that could lead to a whole lot of negative feedback for Apple. On the face of it, these aren’t disappointments but rather subtle changes that make Macbook Pro 2016 feel ahead of it’s time. Clearly, the generation isn’t future ready yet. Apple MacBook Pro 2016 to cost Rs 1,29,900 for the base 13-inch model and over Rs 205,900 for the 15-inch model! Also Read - Apple MacBook Pro with 16-inch display, better keyboard, up to 64GB RAM, 8TB storage launched
Lack of the SD Card Slot: This is the first and the most important aspect in the MacBook Pro. Everywhere we see, people are lambasting Apple for deciding to chuck the SD card reader of the MacBook Pro 2016 just to make it more aesthetically appealing. One of the main reasons photographers use such high-end premium devices are not just the comfort and powerful engines it provides but then also the ease and convenience of transferring images and files that comes with it. Initially, everything was done in one go – you could simply insert your card and transfer the images. But now, the lack of the card reader means that users will have to stick to WiFi models or then, invest separately in a card reader. In a recent interview with The Independent, here’s the excuse Philip Schiller gave, “Because of a couple of things. One, it’s a bit of a cumbersome slot. You’ve got this thing sticking halfway out. Then there are very fine and fast USB card readers, and then you can use CompactFlash as well as SD. So we could never really resolve this – we picked SD because more consumer cameras have SD but you can only pick one. So, that was a bit of a trade-off. And then more and more cameras are starting to build wireless transfer into the camera. That’s proving very useful. So we think there’s a path forward where you can use a physical adaptor if you want, or do wireless transfer.” Seriously Apple, like seriously?! Xiaomi to launch Redmi 4 and budget Redmi 4a phones on November 4th
USB C Port: The second most important disappointment that Apple users faced when Apple launched their all new MacBook Pro series was the lack of a standard USB slot. While most smartphone brands are slowly and steadily shifting to USB C type of connections, not everyone has moved and these connections are restricted only to the creme de la creme smartphones. Why, Apple hasn’t given the USB C type connection even for it’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (although Apple is ready with the Lightning Connector argument before we can even finish this statement) nor do most of the devices we use commonly have it. So then, the lack of the USB A or B type connector port means you will have to invest in an all new dongle. And yes, dongles are not exactly cheap. Once again, this brings to mind their force and stress on change, but where change is unwanted. Apple launched their iPhone this year without the 3.5mm headphone jack – a move many have questioned. So then, did they chuck the 3.5mm jack out of the window for the MacBook Pro too? Nope. Here’s Apple’s justification for it: “These are pro machines. If it was just about headphones then it doesn’t need to be there, we believe that wireless is a great solution for headphones. But many users have setups with studio monitors, amps, and other pro audio gear that do not have wireless solutions and need the 3.5mm jack.” Well Apple, doesn’t that argument make a whole lot more sense when you combine it with the USB C port argument?! Sometimes, none of us can figure Apple out! But then, thanks to these quirks, we do get fun trolls and arguments! Google Daydream View VR to be up for sale in stores from November 10th
Lesser RAM – 16 GB: A recent teardown of the latest MacBook pro revealed that Apple’s MacBook Pro 2016 comes with a smaller battery and it is perhaps to accommodate this smaller battery that Apple has kept the RAM of the device lower. However, the speed of the device and the functioning has not been affected. This did come as a huge disappointment to many who were hoping for a faster device even in terms of numbers and a 32 GB RAM was the least expected from this year’s lineup of MacBook Pro. However, Apple did seriously disappoint in those terms. But then, upping the RAM would also meant double the power, something the smaller battery would not have been able to cope with and it would have led to a lot of other complications. The machine is aimed at professionals but this decision might just put professionals right off the MacBook Pro. Right after the launch, there are many who are waiting for next year’s model as they feel it will be better. Analysts have stated that MacBook Pro 2017 will up the RAM and the battery and honestly, from all accounts, it does look worthwhile to just wait it out. Reliance to invest Rs 1 lakh crore in Reliance Jio to improve network!
Price: Now, Apple devices have always been pricey. There’s just no two ways about that. But then, when the prices of the latest MacBook Pro versions were revealed, it stumped everyone. The device seems pretty expensive, even by Apple standards. Agreed, you have all the new innovations but then, you also have the host of disappointments. Looking at the pricing, many are preferring to simply pick up the previous generation MacBook Pros or MacBooks instead of MacBook Pro 2016. Also, just like the RAM, the price of the 2017 MacBook pro is also expected to come down, making it a more powerful and yet a cheaper gadget – a worthwhile buy. Waiting it out to the end of next year seems almost better than investing in an over-priced, dongle ridden device at this stage. Looking at the international pricing, the prices range from $1499 for the most basic version to $2799 for the most advanced version. Here’s how the 5 MacBook Pro 2016 devices are priced: $1499 for the 13-inch version without TouchBar and with 256GB storage; $1799 for the 13-inch version with TouchBar and 256GB storage; $1999 for the 13-inch version with TouchBar and 512GB storage; $2399 for the 15-inch version with TouchBar and 256GB storage; $2799 for the 15-inch version with TouchBar and 512GB storage. Coming to India, the prices are not yet revealed but then the rumours are as follows: Apple MacBook Pro 2016 will cost Rs 1,29,900 for the base 13-inch model – which is the one without TouchBar and Touch ID and over Rs 205,900 for the 15-inch model in India! If compared to the international prices, the rates are pretty high – as much as Rs 30,000 for the base version. And no, there won’t ever be a justification for this pricing.