MacBook Air Retina turned the MacBooks lineup into a terrible mess, and choosing a laptop from the Cupertino company is now a real quest. For example, MacBook Air Retina and no-Touch Bar MacBook Pro are in fact identical!
MacBook Pro 4th generation is already two years old, and it hasn’t seen many upgrades since. Besides, Pro users didn’t like the innovative Touch Bar much; the sensor strip with just a few usage scenarios turned out to be all bell and whistles.
It’s time for Apple’s engineers and marketers to break through and roll out really great improvements for the MacBook Pro lineup; unless they can turn the laptop into a real powerhouse, the legend will die.
In 2020, the touchscreen is a must-have for artistic laptops. Apple allegedly patented touchscreens in MacBooks and iMacs back in 2010, but never introduced this feature, much to fans’ disappointment. Instead, the company boosted the iPad up to the iPad Pro, packing it with state-of-the-art hardware and features. However great this tablet may be, it can’t compete with a laptop in many ways, partly because of its overheating and throttling.
Many artists in search of better working experience are switching to the Windows Surface Books (with Windows 10) instead. Although Windows 10 is another sad story, users are willing to sacrifice the comfort of macOS or iOS to enjoy the latest technologies. It’s time to turn the tide, Apple!
2-in-1 Laptop with 360-Degree Rotation
Nowadays, the touchscreen comes hand in hand with rotated displays. The 2-in-1 hybrid laptops can operate as tablets as well. Their displays can rotate, turn around, and close with the screen up. But once this feature is implemented, it could ruin Apple’s green-conscious policy, because recycled aluminum wouldn’t do for the hinge mechanism; hinges should be made of harder metal for longer life.
Remember, Apple is now investing heavily in the iPad Pro and accessories to axe this business with the 2-in-1 MacBook Pro.
17-inch MacBook Pro
Following the arrival of Retina display, Apple pulled the plug on large screen MacBooks. Marketers probably concluded that users would prefer to use external displays instead.
The issue is that an external display is not always available. (Looking at the monitor while typing on a laptop is a hell of a trick, and it takes some time to master the skill.) A larger MacBook Pro would solve the problem. I don’t know a photographer who would edit the snaps while literally balancing the laptop on their lap; they’d rather find a steady flat surface. Besides, not every MacBook Pro buyer is a traveling photographer; designers usually work at offices. They would certainly appreciate the lack of wires.
We need an absolutely new keyboard! No butterfly mechanism, please! It’s a bliss to type on, but a nightmare to clean. A dust speckle can ruin an ultra-thin key in no time. Apple came up with merely a short manual, along with advice to always have a pressurized air can at hand. Then the company brought the notorious keyboard to the MacBook Air Retina with a little improvement. Why not bring the Smart Keyboard Folio to the next MacBook Pro? The keyboard is a continuous sheet of fabric with no openings, that’s laser-cut to form the shape of each key. The haptic mechanism inside lets a user know if a key is pressed. Spilled liquids, crumbs, and dust would never ruin it. It’s an ideal solution for a MacBook Pro.
More Robust Body
Aluminum (and in this case recycled aluminum) is too soft a material to house the precious hardware. According to many reviews and feedback, one can easily scratch or dent an expensive laptop, even in a protective sleeve or cover. Although it’s not a big deal unless you ’re going to sell your used MacBook Pro, many users love the impeccable look of their laptops.
Apple will have to choose between staying green and staying loyal to its millions of users. Obviously, something should be done about the MacBook casing, or sales will continue shrinking.