With the launch of Apple’s new MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 later this month, hearts are flying and credit cards are on the way. Just because Apple has a shiny new laptop doesn’t mean you should automatically assume it’s the best macOS laptop for you.
Maybe you should forget about that new MacBook Pro and look at something more appropriate in Apple’s portfolio?
There will be a clear line between these MacBook Pros and everything that came before them. The biggest visual difference from the upcoming MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 laptops will be the new design. Dimensions should be more angular, think more of the iPad Pro than an aluminum shim. The screen area will be increased through the use of smaller frames for a more global experience; and of course, using miniLEDs to deliver deeper blacks and vivid colors cannot be ruled out in any deliberation.
But the biggest question – and one that geekerati will always struggle to answer – is simple. Do you need it? Do you really need it? It might be new and shiny, and just a bit bigger than the previous model, but are you buying for practicality or just because it’s the new shiny?
Let’s start with the performance. The first Apple Silicon to run on macOS, the M1 chip, posted relatively high benchmarks compared to the competition from Intel; whether it’s the previous generation of macOS laptops or the competition on Windows.
There will be a small subset of users who will need all the power Apple will offer with the alleged M1X chip. The performance of Apple’s ARM chips reduces the need to “get the most numbers for a future test.” Even prosumer creators of multimedia have found that the gains in the production chain have been enormous. How much would you pay to take measurable processing time that wouldn’t change the world?
Thinking of this in terms of the payoff over the cost, many people will go for the relatively cheaper MacBook Air. The shift from current m1 laptops to M1X laptops may be measurable, but how will it impact your daily life, especially if a lot of your time is spent consuming media, working online in the web browser? and the use of office applications
With an entry-level price tag of $ 999, compared to a potential of $ 1,799 for the entry-level “top-of-the-line” MacBook Pro, the price has jumped dramatically. Assuming the table stakes have been decided and a MacBook is going to be bought, the bar for getting up in the wallet is high.
Finally, everything indicates that the stock of new laptops will be lower than expected. While the launch is expected to take place by the end of the month, there is no guarantee that Tim Cook will keep pace with the iPhone with a launch on Tuesday, pre-orders on Friday and delivery on Friday. There were production issues with the new miniLED display earlier this year, the global silicon chip shortage is impacting all consumer electronics companies, and even with the power of Apple, it cannot. escape the fact that global supply chains are under pressure.
The new MacBook Pro will hit whatever targets Apple wants to hit. The launch event will undoubtedly have all of the bingo buzzwords that Cook and his team will love. My money is on “the best MacBook we’ve ever made” and “… in a way that only Apple can” make an early appearance in presentations. I would also expect many performance numbers to be relative to a large but ill-defined group of “competing laptops” rather than cold, precise numbers.
Apple isn’t the only one bringing the hype, but if you’re considering a new MacBook, look beyond it and think critically. For some, these new MacBook Pro laptops are going to meet their needs perfectly. For others, the need to get as many as possible, just in case, may just blind them to a better value product Apple already has on sale.
At the very least, until we see what Apple has in store for an M1X-powered MacBook Pro ea
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