Sorry, but Apple’s updated MacBook is a huge disappointment – Mashable

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Before the trolls slide into the comment section, know this: I’ve owned and currently own a lot of Apple products. 

The scratches and dents on my iPhone 6 are scars of love. My aging iPad 3 remains my favorite sofa companion. I paid a boatload to spec out my 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with a 3.0GHz Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage so I wouldn’t need to replace it for years to come. I bought an Apple Watch, despite third-party apps being next to useless on it.

Nobody can accuse me of being anti-Apple. But I am disappointed with the refresh made to the 12-inch MacBook

It still sucks in my opinion.

When my colleague and resident Apple geek Christina Warren reviewed the 12-inch MacBook last year, I agreed with her assessment that it, while lacking power and sufficient ports, would be what all laptops would eventually look like.

The 2016 update to the MacBook remains a beautifully machined aluminum laptop. The Retina display is stunning, the profile is thin, the machine ultra-light, and the trackpad top-notch. The keyboard is too shallow, but something I could adjust to.

But there are some key missing and inferior features Apple failed to correct. The company squandered an entire year with a minor hardware component update and the addition of a new rose gold color (which is hideous in my opinion, and something I’d expect from HP, not Apple).

The most upsetting news is the new MacBook still has a single USB-C port. For the love of Steve Jobs, why isn’t there another port? The original MacBook Air was beautifully constructed, but only had one USB port. Apple remedied that two years later with by adding a second USB port and an SD card slot.

USB-C, as it’s spread to more devices (like the LG G5), is right on track to becoming the one port to rule them all, but Apple’s still making it dongle hell for users. A year later and this disgusting rat’s-nest of adapters and dongles is still the only way to connect to many existing accessories:

Worse, the single USB-C port isn’t even Thunderbolt 3. If we’re going to have to make do with only one USB-C port, at least make the fastest one available. WTF?

What’s going on with the low-res FaceTime camera? It’s still 480p resolution. Apple, wake up! It’s 2016 — there’s absolutely no reason why a premium laptop doesn’t have at least an HD web camera for sharp, clear video chats.

Even my busted iPhone 5 from four years ago has a FaceTime HD camera

Even my busted iPhone 5 from four years ago has a FaceTime HD camera. It’s ridiculous.

I intended to slam Apple for going with a low-powered Intel Core M processor, but I decided against it. While a Core i3 or i5 chip would have been great, they’re not fanless like the Core M and would require overcoming some real engineering challenges to balance heat, performance and battery life. 

Though I would have liked to see a bigger boost in performance than just a 20% faster processing, 25% faster graphics and extra hour of battery life, I also would have liked it if the laptop was capable of editing 4K video. Why is it the iPad Pro can edit multiple streams of 4K footage, but the MacBook can’t? It’s embarrassing.

I also don’t understand why the 12-inch MacBook is still so damn expensive. $1,300 is far too much for the base model that’s slower and less capable than both the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. The high-end (non-custom) MacBook Airs are both cheaper than the entry-level MacBook at $1,100 and $1,200, respectively.

If the MacBook is what the future of laptops looks like, it needs to be affordable as well. And for the vast majority of potential buyers, it’s not.

Those who know me know that I’m all about streamlining. I want the smallest, most powerful device possible. My old MacBook Air was highly portable, but not powerful enough. My MacBook Pro is powerful, but not light enough. I want the power of a MacBook Pro in size of the MacBook at the price of a MacBook Air, with enough ports to get sh*t done. And I want an HD webcam dammit! Because selfies, amiright?

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Sorry, but Apple’s updated MacBook is a huge disappointment – Mashable