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I’m going to say no to the new MacBook Pro

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | Nov. 2, 2016
Many of the design choices are likely to add up to user frustration

The prime example of this is that Apple is actually proud of its Touch Bar, which is touted as an “evolutionary new way to use your Mac.” Oh please. People want to use their computers, especially those of us who touch type, without relearning such fundamentals as how to use the “keyboard.”

The Touch Bar, a 60-pixel-high OLED touch screen, which replaces the traditional function key row with an ever-changing series of buttons and sliders, is a failure. Yes, yes, people are saying it’s beautiful

But think about it. There you are, working away, and instead of using your familiar old keys, you must look away from your work to ensure that your fingers are hitting the right spot on an ever-changing response screen. This is just stupid!

That’s not just my opinion. It may be a new idea for Macs, but it’s an old one for PCs. There have been many touch bar designs. You haven’t heard of them because they’ve universally failed.

Here’s what I’m going to do when I buy a new Mac. I’m going to buy a 13-inch MacBook Air. There are many good reasons to get this older laptop. Here are my top two: It only costs $999, and it offers 14 hours of battery life, compared to Apple’s claims for the MacBook Pro of 10 hours.

And, of course, my dog and I won’t have to worry about flinging it to the floor whenever we trip over the cord.

 

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