Can you agree with this thought? Mac doesn’t seem to get the attention that the iPhone gets. That’s what I think and it’s based upon the rapid development of everything iPhone and iPad, while the Mac gets thinner and lighter but not much faster.
My MacBook Pro is aging and I’m ready to turn loose some hard earned cash in the direction of some thinner, lighter, faster, and much cooler Mac notebook but only if Apple antes up and delivers a package as cohesive as an iPhone 6s Plus.
Here’s what I want.
A Future Mac, Today
To be honest about it, not much has changed about the Mac’s overall usefulness and appearance since my first PowerBook back in 1992. It was black and white; no color. 40MB hard drive. It was so long ago that I bought if it had much more than a few megs of RAM. But I used it until it fell apart.
Today’s Macs notebooks work the same way, except they have better screens, longer battery life, better case (aluminum vs. plastic), fantastic storage, tons of RAM, OS X and a few dozen built-in apps; all in the age of thinner, lighter, faster.
What do all the Macs need in 2016?
Siri – ‘Hey Siri…’ should be easy enough to implement in a Mac. But give it functions instead of ear candy. I want a digital assistant to do some actual work.
Touch ID – this is a no brainer for Mac notebooks but there’s no reason why Touch ID can’t be implemented into the iMac’s keyboard, too.
Face Recognition – Duh! If the Mac has a camera then it certainly has the horsepower to recognize who is sitting down in front of the screen and vote thumbs up or thumbs down to access.
Voice Recognition – see above. Add Touch ID and facial recognition to voice recognition with specific commands and the Mac becomes the killer device that even HP and Microsoft would drool over.
More & More, Too – Everyone wants more storage and more RAM, but what I would like to see in a new line of MacBook Pro models– beyond the obligatory thinner and lighter– is horsepower. Graphic horsepower. CPU horsepower.
Battery Life – I don’t care. 10 hours is enough. If you need to be on your Mac for that many hours without a charge then a 10 hour battery life span could save your life by making you stop to take a break.
Ports – OK, the trend is toward USB-C. I get it. But the MacBook has a single USB-C port. How much more expensive would it have been to add another one or two? Pro means professional, and pros have one thing in common. Need. More. Ports.
Rose Gold – alright, feel free to insert your favorite iPhone or Watch color here, but I’m into Rose Gold; not Space Gray, not Silver, not Gold. Rose Gold.
Annual Upgrades -Seriously, the Mac line looks like the cast of Fame– 35 years later. Some look good, some not so much. Apple, show some love to the Mac Pro? What’s with the iPad Air? It’s not so airy these days. What about that Thunderbolt display? It’s so 1999.
Much of what I desire in a newer, thinner, lighter MacBook Pro could be placed inside other Mac models if Apple would get onto some kind of annual upgrade plan instead of waiting until the competition catches up. Have you see that new HP Spectra?