For more than a few decades we Mac users have endured the time honored and mostly debunked argument of Windows vs. Mac. Since Apple switched to high end Intel Inside CPUs a decade ago you’d think that argument is dead. Nope.
Today’s personal computers are much like today’s smartphones and tablets. They’re made up of hardware components and software; the operating system and applications. What differentiates the Mac from Windows PCs is how the hardware components are assembled, how Apple adds a few new components, and macOS Sierra. Still, people complain about the Mac for the flimsiest reasons. Here are five.
Insightless vs. Uninsightful
Every so often, but altogether too often, I run into technology writers with arguments that can only be described as the opposite of what they should be. Instead of insightful analysis, we’re all too often treated to the antonym. Insightful, meet Insightless. Or, is it Uninsightful? Whatever it is it’s everywhere these days.
My favorite Mac fluff artist is Adrian Kingsley-Huges writing in ZDnet and grumbling about the new MacBook Pro because it’s just not so much professional as it is, well, whatever; “My editor said I needed to write a controversial piece today, so I did.”
What’s not to like about the new MacBook Pro?
#1: I’m Not Sold On USB-C – The thing that I connect the most often to my MacBook Pro is a flash drive. The next is my Compact Flash card reader. These connect to a regular USB port, so this means either upgrading my hardware, or get a one-way ticket to Dongleville.
And that has never happened before? So, what happens when you buy a Windows PC with standard USB-A ports and the next one after that has only USB-C ports? USB-C is here. It’s not going away. Get over it.
#2: I’m Not Thrilled About The Removal Of The MagSafe Connector – One of the features that drew me to the MacBook Pro in the first place was the MagSafe connector. I always saw the power ports on laptops as a weak point, and combined with my “more bull than ballerina” approach to handling my gear, the idea of a port that would allow the cable to detach before breaking something was compelling.
Yeah, change happens. Funny thing. True story, too. There are USB-C MagSafe connectors available.
#3: The Touch Bar Feels Like A Big Gimmick – I’m not convinced that a small touchscreen display above the keyboard is an improvement over on-screen UI, especially given its placement and size.
Nice try, Apple, but this is no substitute for a true touchscreen MacBook Pro. I would have been happier with a touchscreen trackpad that (sic) the Touch Bar.
It might help to actually see it in action and then maybe make a judgement instead of pronouncing it a gimmick (I think it’s a bit of a gimmick, but more below). One thing to note, touchscreen don’t get use much on Windows PCs. The keyboard, mouse, and trackpad is still where it’s at. I just haven’t used the Function keys for much more than their assignments so having an option for infinitely variable app-based functions seems more like a plus than a real life gimmick.
#4: I’m Bored With Apple’s Pursuit of ‘Thinner and Lighter’ – My existing MacBook Pro is thin enough and light enough already. It’s gone far enough.
I’d much rather Apple focus on better battery life, or kit out the MacBook Pro with more ports than put effort into eliminating a few millimeters here and there.
I understand the sentiment but it’s bogus. Four USB-C cum Thunderbolt 3 ports can be daisy chained all the way to heaven. A thicker MacBook Pro won’t get you 24-hours of battery life. It might get you to 12. Again, actually using a new MacBook Pro would be a plus because I thought thinner and lighter was a bogus claim unit I tried a MacBook.
#5: Price – A $2,400 MacBook Pro with 256 gigabytes of storage jumps to an eye-watering $3,800 once you upgrade that to two terabytes. Even a more modest upgrade to one terabyte kicks the price to $3,000.
Yeah, I hear you on the price tag, Adrian. I want a Tesla for $29,999, too. Nobody at Tesla is listening and the going price keeps their cars sold out, so who am I to argue with market demand.
Have you tried pricing out a similar Windows PC from a major PC manufacturer? I had trouble finding one with the basic 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, or a better display, or thinner, lighter, faster for much less money.
The MacBook Pro without the gimmick but 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based SSD was not that much more than a comparable HP or Dell, but decidedly more than a Lenovo X1 Carbon model. Which runs Windows 10. Whereas a Mac lets you run anything; Windows, Linux, Unix, and macOS Sierra– all at the same time, I hear.
If you’ve actually touched a new MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar and Touch ID and still want to switch to a comparable Windows PC please let us know which one is comparable.