The new MacBook Pro is, undoubtedly, Apple’s most advanced and refined notebook to date. It boasts one of the best displays on the market and an incredibly light aluminium unibody construction, not to mention the snazzy OLED Touch Bar. But weighing in at a pricey £1,749.00 and with limited backwards compatibility it’s not for everyone. So it is worth upgrading?
The lightweight and versatile MacBook Air has traditionally been the most popular choice. However, after a few years of neglect, the lack of a retina display and it’s new (ironic) position as Apple’s heaviest laptop really showcases how it’s aged.
The new MacBook Pro packs more power than it ever has done in the past, the lack of which has been a common complaint of the relaunched MacBook line. Even if money’s no object, the new MacBook Pro’s slender profile comes at a cost. Namely, the lack of ports.
In typical Apple fashion, our much loved USB and Magsafe ports have all been discontinued in favour of the new, high speed, multipurpose USB-C. Will this is certainly a pain, it’s good to cast our minds back to the success of the new Lightning port in 2012, despite the odds. Adapter dongles are available from Apple at a reduced price.
Lastly, the price. The new MacBook Pro starts at £1,449 but if you wish to add the much prized Touch Bar, it will set you back another £300.
Decision time: if you’re in need of a new laptop, it’s in your price range and you’re willing to live with the short-term hassle of adapters, it’s definitely worth an upgrade to the Pro which includes 256 gb SSD as standard. If you’ve recently bought a new Apple laptop, it would probably be best to wait until the price comes down. The Touch Bar may be a bit out of reach for most customers but the seemingly gimmicky feature can be wonderfully useful for video and photo editing.