2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Complaint

The 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is my favorite laptop of all time, but has one major flaw: when using a scaled resolution, the Intel integrated graphics simply can’t keep up. The laptop sticks to the integrated graphics for as long as it can to save battery life which means 99% of the time it’s a stuttery experience, even for simple tasks like browsing the web.

A solution I’ve found is to reduce transparency. This disables the sleek transparency throughout the OS, which is unfortunate because I love how it looks.

Here’s where my complaint about this laptop differs from most: I don’t blame Apple for this. I blame Intel. The lack of competition from AMD had them coasting for the past five years. Here’s to hoping AMD’s Ryzen changes all that and I won’t have to disable features on a $3,500 machine to have a smooth experience. 🙏

2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Complaint

Apple’s Still Apple

There’s been a lot of talk about whether Apple is still Apple (whatever that means). This article proves they are.

What do you do?

There are really only two options at this point. The first would be to suck it up and wait until the next-generation Mac Pros are ready to be announced, and suffer in silence while more and more people point to the current Mac Pro’s stagnation as proof that Apple is abandoning the Mac Pro market.

The second would be to bite the bullet and tell the world what your plans are, even though it’s your decades-long tradition — a fundamental part of the company’s culture — to let actual shipping products, not promises of future products, tell your story.

Apple chose the latter.

I don’t think that because of the new Mac Pro. I think that because they ignored decades of “precedent”, which shows they’re not stuck in their ways and still willing to innovate, even on a fundamental part of company culture.

Apple’s Still Apple