Obsolete seems like a strong word to use for a new Mac that has features no Macs have ever had before. But that’s the price of progress. What’s new today is old tomorrow.
An unfortunate set of events has made it clear that all of Apple’s new MacBooks– the 12-inch MacBook, and both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models– are already behind the times; great machines, yes, but behind the curve of technology changes despite the advances Apple is touting.
Wait. But Not Forever!
Many of us in the tech industry know the true story behind technology advances. Three words: Wait six months. Six months from now whatever gadget you were planning to buy today will be better, improved, more powerful, less expensive, have new features.
Of course, the problem with that thinking is that you’d never buy anything at all because there’s always something new and better coming down the line.
That’s the case with Apple’s new MacBook lineup.
All three models feature high resolution Retina displays, they’re lighter and faster than ever, use Apple’s cool new Force Touch trackpad technology, and the MacBook, at barely two pounds is an ultra, ultra light– and it sports the new and future connectivity standard, USB Type-C connector.
So, how is it that all that is outdated already?
Apparently, Apple couldn’t wait for Intel to deliver the new Broadwell CPUs (smaller, more powerful, faster, less energy consumption), so the new 15-inch MacBook Pro model is saddled with older Haswell technology, and Broadwell CPUs are interim at best. That’s not Apple’s fault. Intel was very slow to deliver Broadwell chips, and promises that the next generation, Skylake, might show up before the end of the year.
Worse, Intel has adopted the new USB Type-C reversible connector for Thunderbolt 3. Think twice as fast as Thunderbolt 2 which is used in the current Mac line. The newer technology is here, and it’ll show up on future Macs and Mac notebooks, but that brand new MacBook is saddled with the worst of Broadwell, and the high end MacBook Pro model still runs the best of yesterday’s technology.
As nice as these new machines truly are, and they’re a jump over previous models, each can only be described as an interim Mac, just waiting for Apple’s next big Mac upgrade which will include faster Skylake CPUs, Thunderbolt 3, and USB Type-C connectors. They may show up in six months, so if you wait six months all you’ll need to do is wait another six months for the latest technology. Or, you could just wait yet another six months and get the latest Macs with improved… oh, wait. That never ends, does it?