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Marvin said:rune66 said:This news doesn't make any sense to me. What do they mean by replacing? Apple already sells a 14" MacBook Pro. So to me this is just a discontinuation of the MacBook Pro 13". I have waited years for a MacBook 14" but this new model is a complete disappointment. It's ugly, I'll never buy a 2k+ laptop with screen that has a lego brick size dent right in front of your eyes, it's ugly as hell and it's the most ridiculous design decision Apple ever made, it's heavy and clumsy. If the upcoming air is with a 13" screen and dent I'll be perfectly happy with the latest Intel 16" MBP for the next 10 years.
The 14" starts at $1999 with 16GB/512GB:
Take that 14", subtract 8GB RAM ($200), 256GB SSD ($200) and M1 Pro chip ($300) = $1299. It may start a bit higher though.
The notch can be hidden pretty easily:
Topnotch is another bad solution for a terrible design decision. I'm a Mac user for 30+ years. I like to keep the menu bar in it's original color. To be forced to change the menu bar color to black to avoid seeing an eyesore is beyond what I can accept on a +2k machine. And BTW that fat menu bar with extra height is a disgrace to Mac OS :-)
If I could live with something it would be SwitchResX where you can disable that top 72 pixels al together and get what I would consider a standard, beautiful Mac OS screen
I'm amazed by how many people just accept that the most expensive laptop lineup in the world now has a big, ugly, rectangular dent in the screen. An ALL screens. Only Apple can get away with such a crippled design, it's really an inverse emperor's new clothes:
"I can't see a big black square, can you see a big black square?"
"Square, what square. I don't see any square".
Apple is skipping decent size screen devices because people don't spend so much time using content on these and so we are not as valuable as users. It's all about money for Apple it seems. They offer a ridiculous amount of different devices but none to satisfy the huge amount of users that don't want a brick in their pocket.
It's such a pity.
I have been a loyal Mac buyer for 20 years but more and more is being taken away. Why is that I can get a fantastic Lenovo Thinkpad with OLED display, a proper keyboard, all the memory I need, a semi matte display that doesn't work like a mirror, for the same price as a MacBook Pro with yesterdays technology and a stupid gimmick touchbar. Apples other hardware offerings are running upgrades in slow motion not even knowing when there'll be another. And Mac OS? For last several iterations nothing has happened only loads of irrelevant features. To me Apple is without direction on the Mac hardware and OS-side.
I saw a lot of redundancy with the touch bar. One example was to bold your text in mail. But using af touch bar for this where you have to remove your gaze from the screen to locate the bold-icon in the touch bar is inferior to using cmd-b on the keyboard. A lot of the touch bar functions seemed like this. But I guess this is the way it goes. Computers for the masses not for power users. I really hope I'll be proved wrong, I just don't see this as a step forward.