Looks like pro users love the new MacBook Pro

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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  1. Paul Robinson says:

    I really like the idea of the Touch Bar, especially it’s customizability,

    But its utility is a direct comment on the convoluted, hidden, compromised, inconsistent interfaces in most programs and in the Mac OS.

    They used to promulgate the Human Interface Guidelnes– controls were obvious, transparent, and available. They were consistent across programs.

    Alas, in both the Mac OS and the iOS, controls, menu options, choices, etc. have gone underground! The full screen mode does the usability (and the user) in. The pull down of the display to see Search or other hidden controls in, say, Safari and Mail, typify the problem. One never knows what one is going to find where!

    So, Touch Bar succeeds, in part, because it solves a problem that should never have been there in the first place–hidden, obscure, or hard to use controls and options!

    • Jonny Evans says:

      Sort of yes and no; Yes, controls in some apps are harder to find than others, but no — I don’t see the future of apps as being utter simplicity, or else every app would be so limited. I think the way the OS works is pretty solid — you can be productive with just a passing knowledge of the interface of most apps, but dig a little deeper and you can find all these additional commands and controls that let you achieve even more. That knowledge funnel is quite a powerful model, though I would insist that you should be able to get some use out of any app just by using obvious controls. What Touch Bar does is enable this knowledge funnel to go even deeper from the get-go, which is great.

  2. Lloyd Schuh says:

    Let’s hope the MacBook Pro doesn’t go the same was as my expensive Mac Pro Trash Can. I wanted for years for a new model, and finally had decided to upgrade my old Mac Pro with a new processor and memory when they finally came out with the new one. I got one, fully loaded, because it, unlike the old models had no options to upgrade once you ordered it. Now I’m stuck with a three year old very expensive non upgradeable machine and God knows when Apple will upgrade again. They seem to have deserted all of the professional that stuck with them all these years. I don’t need a semi-heavy duty laptop. My Mac Air is fine for travel, but for work I need a fast, tough desktop that can keep pace with all the multitude of Adobe upgrades In a year or two I will have to get a new computer with a faster processor and probably (gasp) more than 32 GB of memoir and 1 TB or flash storage, just to keep up with the new software. After 20 years a Mac user, I’ll not plunk down another $6,000 for a Mac (that’s not even counting the hundreds of dollars for new cables, adaptors and accessories that I couldn’t use with the new Mac Pro.) Apple, under new management seems to focus on the consumer products and forgotten about the serious users who had been their mainstay through the lean years. I just pray that my next machine doesn’t have to run Windows.

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