I definitely like the new MacBook Pros and I am seriously considering replacing both the iMac the 12in MacBook with a new top-spec 13in MBP with Touch Bar and Touch ID.
My sole disappointment is the 16GB limit on internal memory. On my current iMac I included 32GB and I’m used to having such a large RAM. While 16GB is probably perfectly adequate, I’d have been tempted to spring for 32GB if it had been available. The supposition is that RAM was restricted to 16GB in order to conserve battery power. One consolation is that the much faster SSD will help compensate for the lower memory. On the iMac I chose the fusion drive in order to save, as I remember, £600. This was a mistake which I soon regretted. Fast SSDs are one of the major ways of speeding up a computer.
The bad news is that Apple’s prices in the UK — even on older models — have jumped by over 20 percent because currency fluctuations. The new Touch Bar models start at £1,749 and top out at £2,759 with the speediest processor and larger memory configuration. And you’ll need to add around £250 for cables and hubs if you are to make best use of the new machine. That’s a £3,000 investment, a lot of dosh for a laptop.
On the other hand, this top-line MacBook Pro is road warrior and desktop champion combined. When looked at in this way — one computer instead of two — cost seems more reasonable.
For more information on the new models I recommend the Complete Overview at Macstories.
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