But the latest Mac rumors from Bloomberg have completely changed my plans and I am happy about it. I’m going to keep it simple for myself: I’m buying an Apple Silicon Macbook Pro.
I still love the MacBook Pro. I’ve owned one a 2009 13-inch unibody model, the 2012 15-inch Retina screen model, and this 2017 one, which is the worst. A keyboard that fails, Touch Bar that causes problems, worst battery life experience. These are the three reasons that made me consider buying an iMac or a Mac Mini or even the M1 MacBook Air. But I felt like it was a compromise. I’d like to own an iMac or a Mac Mini at some part of my life, maybe when I’ve got money to burn, but I’m just more of MacBook Pro kind of guy.
Everyone is excited that Apple might be abandoning the current MacBook Pro design and go back the one that is popular amongst its customers.
(Sharing the info from MacRumors because Bloomberg has damn paywall) > The upcoming MacBook Pro models will feature the most significant design overhaul to the MacBook Pro line that we’ve seen since 2016, and the updated machines will also address complaints that users have had with the MacBook Pro for years by bringing back older features that include MagSafe, more ports, and physical function keys. >… > Along with a flat-edged design, the revamped MacBook Pro models could have more ports than prior models, including an SD card slot, and Apple is expected to return to MagSafe connectors rather than opting for charging over USB-C. The new MacBook Pro models will also do away with the Touch Bar that Apple first debuted in 2016, with Apple instead opting for physical function keys.
I’m not excited about design overhauls but this isn’t really an overhaul. Apple is going back to the pre-2016 designs. I’m definitely excited MagSafe will be back. Physical function keys means no more Touch Bar? Yes, please! I thought I was happy with just all USB-C ports but I got tired of bringing cables and dongles. I’d be happy if it would have 2x USB-C, 2x USB-A, and surpisingly, an SD card slot. A friend explained to me that we can use SD card slots as portable storage drives for documents/photos/videos, I was pissed I never thought of that. However, I’d be fine if Apple still kept USB-C only.
(From Bloomberg) > Apple has also developed underlying Mac support for both cellular connectivity — the ability for Macs to connect to the internet via smartphone networks — and Face ID, the company’s facial recognition system. But neither feature appears to be coming soon. To that end, Face ID had originally been planned to arrive in this year’s iMac redesign, but it’s now unlikely to be included in the first iteration of the new design.
And that is the best thing about my situation, I can wait!
I can wait for the 13-inch/14-inch Apple Silicon MacBoook Pro with the great battery life, great perfromance, MagSafe, a variety of ports, no Touch Bar, cellular connectivity, and Face ID to come out in 2022.
I know these are still rumors. But in all my years of following Apple, these rumors are never far off. If not all them come true, I’d still be content.
And it does help that this 2017 MacBook Pro that I’m writing this post on started to run normally the past few weeks. I think this one just wants to help me do what I need it to do, and get me to that point where it can retire.