Why I’m not buying the new MacBook Pro (and maybe you shouldn’t either)

The newly introduced MacBook Professional notebooks are tempting, however contemplate this earlier than whipping out your bank card.


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When Apple unveiled new notebooks this week that includes Professional and Max variations of its in-house developed silicon, I used to be concurrently impressed and pained.

The brand new machines, the specs of which my colleague broke down right here, seem like wildly quick and are full of pro-level options. I am notably excited for the return of the magnetic MagSafe energy port (my present pocket book has been yanked off a desk greater than as soon as by the tripping hazard that may be a energy twine) and the SD card reader, stripped from the MacBook “Professional” unceremoniously again in 2016.

The three.5mm jack helps high-impedance headphones which is nice information for audiophiles, whereas an HDMI port enables you to connect with a TV or projector without having to haul a dongle alongside. Most significantly, the foolish contact bar is gone.

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However whereas all of those enhancements are spectacular, there is not one killer function that’ll make me improve. I’ve a 2019 15-inch MacBook Professional that was almost maxed out after I purchased it, loaded with a 2.3 GHz 8-core Intel Core i9 processor, 32GB of RAM, and an upgraded discrete GPU.

Two-and-a-half years after I purchased it, it nonetheless rips at all the things I want it to do, together with reasonable video modifying. Among the keys on my keyboard are worn down—I need to kind additional laborious with my left hand as a result of the A, C, V, and left-side Shift and Command keys are all displaying vital put on. And the battery must be changed, although it is lined by AppleCare.

Nevertheless it’s excess of serviceable. It drives two 27-inch screens (one a 5K unit) with out grievance, and, because it has Intel Inside, can run Home windows after I want it to.

Although the brand new MacBook Professional has:

  • The brand new M1 Professional or M1 Max Apple Silicon
  • A vastly improved display screen with a 120Hz refresh fee
  • Huge SSD storage choices as much as 8TB
  • Constructed-in HDMI and SD Card
  • Vastly improved battery life
  • The brand new MagSafe 3 energy twine with quick charging

None of those is a must have for me, particularly for the reason that 14-inch MacBook Professional begins at $1,999 and the bigger 16-inch mannequin begins at $2,499. With my present MacBook Professional nonetheless beneath guarantee for one more 18 months, it is simply not definitely worth the cash for me to improve to the brand new machines no matter how tempting they’re.

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Should you’re a artistic skilled spending all day in photograph or video modifying software program the place time is actually cash, none of this is applicable to you. Go forth and purchase this lovely new machine and use it to all its glory.

However you probably have an present MacBook Professional that is simply a few years outdated? I do not suppose this new machine is a must have. Maybe it is as a result of computer systems (and smartphones!) are getting so superior now, the extra efficiency alone is not the must-have it may need been 10 or 15 years in the past.

Should you’re only a common consumer, even an influence consumer like me, a two-year-old MacBook Professional is simply advantageous. And I will go spend my cash on the brand new iPhone 13 Professional Max as a substitute.

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