In between are the rest of us who depend on Apple to provide us with affordable luxuries. iPhone 11 Pro Max with a mere 64GB storage is not exactly professional, but the camera is. How about that new Mac?
Break It Down
With the Mac Pro Apple checked off every item on every Mac professionals list– except maybe the price tag– and made the high-end Mac lust-worthy. What about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro?
Let’s call it an Interim Pro. Powerful? Yes. Affordable? Yes. Lust-Worthy? Yeah, sure. What’s missing? As much as I am ready for a new Mac notebook I’m not quite ready for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
First, no Face ID. Hey, Apple Face ID debuted in 2017. 2020 is days away. iPad Pro– emphasis on professional— has Face ID. Why not the MacBook Pro?
Second, as powerful as this new Mac notebook appears to be– it’ll drive dual 6K displays or four 4K displays– and can be doubled in price with extra RAM and storage, it cannot be opened and fixed.
As much as I never ever intend to repair my Macs of the future, I fully support the Right to Repair movement and that means a few things Apple needs to do to make us happy. Why bother with repairability if I never intend to repair it?
Why not back the MacBook Pro backwards a few years, back to when customers could swap out batteries, swap out storage, swap out RAM. Hey, Apple went all pragmatic and designed an iPhone 11 that was thicker and heavier than previous models but comes with more battery life.
How hard can it be to make a Mac notebook with a few parts that customers can swap out? Or, since most customers don’t want to bother repairing their own Macs, make it easier for smart geeks or repair shops to do the deed with relative ease.
Also, Apple, since the new MacBook Pro’s keyboard is the old Magic Keyboard, make that swappable, too. Seems fair, no?
Do you want to get your fingers into this?
So far as I’m concerned, iFixIt does a good job inhibiting my desire to play Mr. Fix It on a new Mac.
1 out of 10 on repairability? That seems about right.
As much as I like the new MacBook Pro I still have some issues Apple needs to address. The Right To Repair is one. Component swap-outs are another, but not a deal-breaker anymore. Face ID is important. But I’ll wait for the 13-inch MacBook Pro upgrade. I’m just no longer interested in repairing my own Mac.