What would your take be on a computer that had not been updated or upgrade in 1100 days? Would it be one of sadness, knowing that the writing is on the wall, knowing that sometime soon the machine would be lost to the ages? Or would it be a “wait and see”-approach for a machine that just hasn’t been out of the dark for almost 3 years?
As usual, it was followed by a Q&A session during which Cook addressed questions from attendees who were interested in Apple’s plans for the future. One talking point was Apple’s apparent neglect of creative and professional users, who are worried the company is giving up on them.
Cook reassured investors this wasn’t the case. “You will see us do more in the pro area,” he said. “The pro area is very important to us. The creative area is very important to us in particular. You can expect to see us do more and more that people will view iPad as a laptop replacement, but not a Mac replacement. The Mac does so much more.”
Certainly this can’t be because of recent reports of new viruses for Mac coming on strong, right? And the problem here with using the word “pro” is certainly that now, unfortunately, there is a iPad Pro, which while neat and sporting a monster screen, is not exactly a computer for designers, now is it?
But, the likelihood that the product line is dead is fairly unlikely: Macworld’s latest issue’s article on battery life for the MacBook Pro suggests that the platform is still living, and still looking pretty good in terms of longevity.
But, that’s not to say that the MacBook Pro hasn’t had its fair share of issues. The 2016 model, as an example, appears to have a keyboard problem:
One of the most significant issues appears to be keys that make different higher-pitched sounds than other keys in some cases, a problem that was caught on video by MacRumors user monstermac77. As is demonstrated, when the caps lock key is pressed, it makes a sound that’s much different than the other keys on the keyboard…
It’s not clear what’s causing the issue with the keys that suddenly become non-functional, but the butterfly mechanism is sensitive and can be interrupted by something as simple as a bit of dust. In our case, with the machine we had that was experiencing issues with a specific key, the problem cleared up on its own, but other MacBook owners have not been so lucky.
One other minor keyboard complaint is an inconsistent feel across keys, with some keys that feel spongier than others or that don’t press down consistently. This seems to be related to a problem with the butterfly mechanism which some users report having fixed with a needle or other thin tool, but most people should not try that sort of repair at home.
Now certainly these are not issues that affect everyone. And certainly, it’s not as if we’re dealing with specific hard drive issues that cause people to lose data, which would certainly be far more catastrophic to say the least. We also are not dealing with a Samsung-like scenario where these machines are actually burning up, which is good.
The Way Forward
Fortunately, it appears that there are at least rumors that MacBook Pro will release some new models in 2017. Now, the likelihood is that there is simply no way that these computers are complete redesigns, but at least the guts should be solid. And as long as you don’t find yourself with data problems like these, well then it’s about time.
But if the new versions don’t come, what then? iPad Air Pro with add-on keyboard? We hope not.