Alcides Fonseca

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On Apple's innovation

Regarding the new Macbook Pro with TouchBar™, I would suggest you reading the review of the old retina macbook pro as if it was the new version. It looks so believable that it scares me. But I have some points to add to all the reviews that have been made.

First, despite needing an upgrade on my 4GB-RAM 2011 macbook air, I’m not leaning towards the new touchbar mbp. And I don’t known whether the fn-version can have the same specs maxed-out. My issue is that this is the first implementation of the touchbar. Within two revisions, the touchbar will be larger and it might go around the keyboard. Apple usually improves on the technology for these thingies, like they did with the iPhone and iWatch. Which will result in developer nightmare, just like when they introduced different iPhone sizes and resolutions. Secondly, this hardware will not be compatible with Linux, so you are effectively locking yourself to a macOS system, because no one in their right mind would use Linux without the function keys.

The other issue is the lack of headphone port on the iPhone. I have the 2011 mac and a 2014 iphone 5, both which have headphone jack issues. I connect headphones to my mac almost daily and two to four times a day I connect my car AUX cable to the iPhone. This has ruined the jack, and I need to twist the end of the cable to get stereo and microphone. And not all apple phones will get me microfone, it’s a gamble. So while I appreciate having the port for some unexpected usage (such real audio recording), I understand apple’s forced recomendation to stop using cables, specially if they cannot guarantee that they will work for 6 years (what I expect from them).

Finally, I am gonna miss mag-safe. Together with the touchpad it’s the two best things that came out of Apple. And I understand they want to go to the standard solution, but is it really a standard?

The core issue with USB-C is confusion: Not every USB-C cable, port, device, and power supply will be compatible, and there are many different combinations to consider. The newest, most full-featured devices (such as Apple’s brand-new Touch Bar MacBook Pro) will support most of the different uses for the USB-C port, but typical older devices only support basic USB 3.0 speed and (if you’re lucky) Alternate Mode DisplayPort.