2016 MacBook Pro — Quick Thoughts

I previously suggested that you not purchase a 2016 MacBook Pro. My video suggestion was based on one simple factor: price. Apple has a history of launching revamped product lines, raising the price, and then subsequently dropping the entry price within a year or two. I expect Apple will do this with the newly re-designed MacBook Pro, and that is why I suggested holding off on the new MBP for the time being. However, I had to donate my 2013 MacBook Air recently and find myself typing away on a 2016 13″ MacBook Pro. More information will come, but I want to leave three initial thoughts on the new device.

1. This device is thin and light. I remember the MacBook Air product launch and how thin and light that laptop seemed. Recall Steve Jobs presenting on stage with a MBA in a small envelope. Compared to the MBA, the new MBP has a smaller footprint while retaining the same weight. Plus, it has a Retina display and more powerful internal components. Impressed.

2. I really like the idea of being able to charge my laptop from any port. It’s easy, simple, and convenient. I don’t mind having only USB-C ports and having to buy a dongle to use legacy peripherals, especially because I hardly use any peripherals anyway. With that said, the fact that the base MBP only has 2 USB-C ports, compared to 4 ports in the more expensive models, really grinds my gears.

3. Space gray looks great on a laptop, it’s sleek, modern, and professional. The silver Apple laptop color is iconic, but I really like having the option to buy something new and different. This is probably why people love iPhone redesigns, to have a device that looks fresh and unique.

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