For four years now, the Apple laptop lineup has not had a really cool computer that I would like to buy.
The old MacBook Air eye-popping and MacBook typewriters are no longer for sale. The new Air is too weak, and all MacBook Pros have a number of significant flaws.
Here are five reasons not to buy the current generation “firmware” and wait for the global update of the line.
1. Keyboard problem still exists
Every Macbook Pro customer hopes in his heart that a keyboard problem will get around him. Actually, the question is not whether the keys will stick or not, but when they will start to do it.
The first version of the “butterfly” keyboard wore out on average for a year or a year and a half before it started to stick and fail. The second generation did not lose this drawback, but learned to serve without breakdowns for about six months longer.
The third generation with additional protection against small particles will also break sooner or later. This is confirmed by the fact that the Cupertinians immediately after the release included new MacBook models in the keyboard replacement program.
Everyone understands that even such a design will break sooner or later. At risk are those who write code or work a lot with text.
2. Touch Bar is uncomfortable and useless
The touch panel is now installed in all models of the MacBook Pro, the youngest version of the 13-inch computer also acquired this element.
With such a panel, it’s worth forgetting about blind typing, you’ll have to move your eyes from the screen to the keys. It’s almost impossible to get used to and remember all the touch buttons; they change from application to application.
The chip itself pleases the first week, and then you want the usual keys with a tangible move and tactile feedback. Lags and slowdowns of the touch panel begin, strange behavior and glitches, which should not be in the professional tool at all.
In addition, false clicks are annoying when using keyboard shortcuts with a digital row of buttons.
Perhaps in the future, developers will offer several models with the usual button keyboard and will not force all “pros” to use touch input.
3. You have to manually control the cooling
For 20 years of working with computers, I have never used manual control of the fan speed. I did not do this on a stationary PC, I did not do it on older Mac models, I did not do it on a laptop with a hackintosh either .
However, for a week of work on a Macbook Pro in the summer, I had to use the Macs Fan Control utility .
The developers in pursuit of a thin body deprived the professional laptop of the proper cooling system. In addition to this, software algorithms are aimed primarily at not once again annoying the user with noise, even if the computer overheats better and reduces performance.
Cooling starts only with serious heating and accelerates to almost full, turning the MacBook into a large, noisy turbine.
You have to either manually increase the speed of rotation of the coolers before the start of laborious work, or set your own thresholds in the utility. Otherwise, you will have to burn your legs and endure the overheated surface of the laptop, and at one point to catch the eyes of everyone around because of the sharp noise of the cooling system.
4. It is difficult to work with external monitors
Three problems lie in wait for MacBook users who want to display a picture on a large screen.
First , you need to look for monitors with Type-C or use an adapter. The latest generation USB connector slowly enters the monitor market, not many models are equipped with such an input.
In most cases, you have to be content with the usual HDMI and at the same time use a bunch of Type-C cable – adapter – HDMI cable.
Secondly , there is the problem of scaling the macOS interface. The developers from Cupertino initially deduced a certain proportion so that the system interface on all computers looked the same.
So the user can quickly switch from a 12-inch MacBook to a 27-inch 5K iMac and comfortably continue to work. All elements, icons, menus and fonts will be the same size.
The size of the interface elements is not tied to resolution, but to PPI (the number of pixels per inch), the value of which is calculated from the diagonal and resolution. So in Retina screens of all Mac models PPI is 220, and in other models – 110. This approach greatly simplifies the scaling problems.
Most external monitors will have a different PPI, which means the interface will be larger or smaller than on a MacBook. A situation is possible in which the picture will be blurry. This will happen with a fractional ratio of PPI to standard on Apple computers.
The system simply cannot paint half a pixel in one color, and half in another. Halftones appear, which ultimately leads to blurry and blurry pictures.
Thirdly , the system behaves rather strangely when working with an external screen. MacOS can either switch to a large monitor when closing the lid or not.
In some usage scenarios, it is convenient to transfer the picture to an external screen by closing the lid, and in others – put the computer into sleep mode. You have to often change the settings or manually turn off the laptop.
5. Type-C ports wear out quickly
Type-C is currently the only universal connector in all current models of Apple laptops and the problem is not only the need to buy a bunch of adapters. We are already used to and carry with us a hub for flash drives or memory cards, an adapter for displaying images on an external screen or external network cards.
The real problem is the quick wear of this port .
With active use, after 6-8 months, the port, to which charging is most often connected, hardly holds the cable. On the one hand, this is a feature of the universal connector, which does not have holding fasteners, but on the other hand, the case materials also.
So on almost any MacBook in a couple of years, the connectors themselves will slip out of the connectors at the slightest load.
When Apple Fixes It
All the problems described above appeared long ago; the public has known about them for several years. At Apple, they pretend that some shoals are being fixed (at least they decided something with a frayed loop ), while the rest simply ignore it.
So it turns out that the current MacBook Pro models bring the user a number of problems and inconveniences that have to be put up with. There are jambs and no one will correct them.
The situation can be improved only by a newly designed MacBook Pro in a new case and with a new design. The first sign may be the new 16-inch MacBook Pro , which is supposedly shown this fall.
If the model is successful, already next year we are waiting for a radical update of the entire line with a high-quality keyboard, good cooling and the possibility of buying a model without Touch Bar.