There’s a lot to like about the new MacBook Pro lineup. While I haven’t gotten my hands on one yet, I do have some thoughts as to whether or not you might want to upgrade from a previous MacBook.
The most attention-grabbing new feature on the new MacBook Pros (well on two of the three models, not counting the low-end option) is the Touch Bar. The Touch Bar is basically a thin strip of a touchscreen that takes the place of the function keys. Depending on the app you are running, the Touch Bar will change what it displays to be contextually relevant.
Here’s what I think about the Touch Bar. It’s really cool. It’s one of those things that (now that it exists) seems like an obvious addition in retrospect because it seems useful and makes a lot of sense. At the same time, if Acer, HP or another PC maker had included something similar in one of their laptops I really think it would’ve felt (and been, in reality) a gimmick. But Apple seems to have done it right having gone all in.
As a person who does a lot of video editing I see real value in what the Touch Bar offers. I think other types of professionals will likely feel the same way about apps they use often. It looks like a good way to breathe new life into staple (ahem, stale) apps we’ve all grown accustomed to.
And the addition of the Touch ID sensor on an Apple laptop is very welcome. This is the kind of small convenience that people will wonder how they lived without once they’ve gotten used to it. Could you go back to an iPhone without a fingerprint sensor? Me neither.
So, as I said, the Touch Bar is a cool feature — but I don’t think it’s a must have (still, I think people are really going to want it). As of right now (and this may change once I’ve played around with it) I’d say the Touch Bar isn’t worth upgrading for in and of itself because, let’s face it, you could get by without it if you needed to (I’m doing so right now and the world isn’t ending).
What is worth upgrading for all on it’s own is the upgrade in power and performance — especially in such a slim form factor. The fact that these ...