If it were financially possible I’d probably buy one of every product Apple makes. Already I have an iPhone and iPad, a Watch on the way (maybe summer, maybe not), a gorgeous iMac on the desk at home and work, plus a brand spanking new Mac notebook.
I know what you’re thinking. The not-so-diminutive Ms. Brannan is bleeding edge so she bought Apple’s new two-pound MacBook. In gold. Nope. I went elsewhere to satisfy my digital urges.
What’s In A Name?
If you haven’t yet tried out the MacBook Air’s future replacement, the new multi-colored MacBook model, head out to an Apple Store and treat yourself to a date. It’s a stunning device.
The size is almost perfect. 12-inch Retina display that’s so thin you could use it to slice cheese. The keyboard is so flat I’m sure a good stink eye stare would start it typing without a finger being lifted.
And the Force Touch trackpad. OMG! If this is the future of iPhone and iPad screens, then we’re in for treats we never imagined possible. Touch it and it clicks. But it only feels like a click. There’s no clicking when you click. It’s just a little vibration from the static trackpad. That is so cool.
Here’s the list of problems with the new MacBook. It’s expensive and no more powerful than previous MacBook Air models (despite an absolutely screaming fast SSD; really, I heard it scream ‘Speeeeeed!’). Two pounds is about the same as an iPad Air with a keyboard. Wow. But only one USB-C port and a headphone jack and that’s it for openings.
So, why did I NOT buy the new MacBook? Why did I buy the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display instead?
Let’s call it a battle of competing desires, and practicality won. Much of my day is devoted to Microsoft Office apps, and Adobe Creative Suite, and a little video work. If all I needed was a lightweight notebook that did browsing, email, some photos, a little music, and crummy FaceTime video, the new MacBook would be fine.
But I have USB gadgets that need to plug into my notebook. I have Photoshop and Illustrator, both of which need some extra horsepower to work properly. So, I did the right thing and bought the Mac notebook that matched my needs. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display– and the new Force Touch trackpad, and the new screaming fast SSD storage option (seriously; I’m sure you can hear it say ‘Speeeeed!’, and an Intel Core i7 CPU that smokes the new MacBook back to 1999.
This new baby costs a little more than the new MacBook, and the new Pro weighs about a pound and a half more, but also a pound and a half less than my previous MacBook Pro. So, win, win. Oh, one more thing. That two-pound 12-inch MacBook has battery life that’s roughly the same as the more powerful and heavier 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.
So, even though I didn’t bite on the glitter gold MacBook, Apple still owns me.