AussieMacGamer, on 23 December 2016 - 07:17 AM, said:
They are extremely similar to the last Macbook Pro and are serviceable for the vast majority of Professional users. None of these points, whilst they add up to it being a lesser product in my opinion, make it less of a product for Pro users. They are essentially Macbook Pro's with less ports, more power, less weight, more I/O potential, and a higher price tag.
My point though is what does the MacBook Pro do now that the MacBook doesn't at this point? You just add an extra Thunderbolt/USB-C port and have more horsepower. That's it. It's got nothing else to offer. If I "upgraded" right now, I would need either a small pile of USB-C dongles to make up for the total lack of connectivity and an external hard drive to make up for the lack of storage capability, or just bite the bullet and buy a $500 all-in-one Sonnet dock to go with it in order to continue using my MacBook Pro as a desktop replacement. Which would add $500 to the overall cost of the machine. I would also need to tote that dock around with me to do offsite work, adding significant needless weight and bulk to my kit in order to shave off a third of an inch and a pound and a half from the machine itself. That, to me, is the most utterly pointless tradeoff conceivable. You've literally swapped functionality for cosmetics.
The MacBook Pro is not a pro machine anymore except for that subset of professionals who need nothing but a USB port. If you fit in that, great. I'm sure lots of other people do too, and Apple is banking on that. For everyone else though it's just a MacBook Plus. It's not very serviceable, it's totally unupgradeable, and its basic connectivity has been reduced with each successive revision until it has gradually gone from stellar bordering on excessive four years ago to almost non-existent today. I'm sure that's the reason the 13" cMBP just kept on selling to a big enough degree they never finally killed it till two months ago. You wanted a MacBook Pro
, you buy the older model and hook it up to an external monitor when 13" isn't enough.
Basically, at this point, If I were to buy to have a more powerful Mac with a prettier screen just for work that is 99% software (does not describe me at all) or for home use, I'd absolutely get one. If I were buying to continue using as a computer I do work with, is completely portable at the drop of a hat, and can use as a desktop replacement for the vast majority of tasks, I would not touch it in its current state and don't really consider it to be a machine suitable to using on the job any longer. And yes, that applies to early revisions too. It's just reached its absolute extreme with this new model.
It's like buying a NUC with only two USB ports and no room for a GPU for use as a gaming PC. Sure, you can
add all that back via a daisy chain of external docks and adapters to re-add your networking, graphics, extra ports, electricity, and storage. At which point you have a heavier, bulkier, messier setup with potential I/O bottlenecks. The point is why would you want to?
I feel like we're eventually going to reach a point where Jony Ive sells us a SoC with a Thunderbolt port, singing its praises for being utterly microscopic. And then you have to buy an entire machine of peripherals to build up around it anyway so what was the point.