Every writer at Mac360 enjoys slicing and dicing members of the technorati elite politburo and their anti-Apple screeds and misdeeds. Seldom do I poke at the good guys in the Applesphere but today is such a day.
What constitutes a Mac professional device? Price? Size? Power? Number of ports? Storage? Graphics? All of the above? Listen, I get it– beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and so is whatever it is that constitutes a professional. But it ain’t ports.
Apple’s Mac line might be the best it has ever been; everything has been upgraded in the past year (except maybe the cylinder can Mac Pro, but that’s end-of-life anyway) and the notebook line– about 80-percent of all Macs sold– is the best ever and about to get better.
So, among the Mac notebooks, how are they ranked? Entry-level MacBook Air at $1,099, entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro at $1,299. What do you get that gets you to the first tier of professional? Faster quad-core CPU and a Touch Bar. Is that worth $200 more? That seems reasonable to me.
Apple puts four USB-C Ports on a MacBook Pro to make us believe that it’s a “pro” machine.
Apple also makes a 15-inch display available on the MacBook Pro. Does that make it a ‘pro‘ machine? I think so.
Martellaro’s screed is about the number of USB-C ports; entry-level MacBook Air (2) vs. higher end MacBook Pro (4)– not the entry-level MacBook Pro (also 2).
The trouble is, we all do the same things with ports on a MacBook Air which only has two ports.
Yes, kinda, sorta, mostly, but do we not do exactly the same things on a 13-inch display that we do on a 15-inch display? ‘Hey, Apple. Why charge us more?‘
What’s the problem?
Apparently someone wants more USB-C ports on the least expensive Mac notebook; a feature available only on the more expensive MacBook Pro (the entry-level MacBook Pro also comes with two USB-C ports).
This crippling is all very callous and manipulative by Apple.
Boo hoo. Cry me a river, John. I want a 15-inch display on the MacBook Air, too, but that would raise the price tag, too.
Here’s the real deal with USB-C ports. Most people who use a MacBook Air do not need as many as those who are so-called professional users. John is trying to shoehorn himself into the entry-level group with a need for a feature aimed at and used more by professionals.
A company sells a horse saddle with one stirrup—allegedly for average riders. To get two stirrups, one has to buy the pro version of the saddle. But most any rider has two legs and rides in the same fashion and does the same basic things. It’s just that the pro rider is more skilled. Two stirrups are really the minimum.
Good example. Except it’s wrong.
What if I need five USB-C ports? See how Apple is callous and manipulative? They’re forcing me to pay extra money for a hub that comes with all kinds of extra ports– just like the MacBook Air customer (who doesn’t want to pay the professional level price for pro features) who absolutely positively needs more ports.
This is a non-issue. A much ado about not much. John’s idea of a mobile MacBook user is one who has an external display, an external keyboard, an external Time Machine drive, a USB printer, and wired Ethernet connection.
Does that sound like an average MacBook Air user to you?
Nobody carries those items around with a MacBook Pro with four ports, and with a single hub a MacBook Air user could get by with a single port.
Much ado about not much, indeed. It was Screed Week and a slow news day at TMO.