"On the 27th October Apple unveiled their new line of MacBook Pros. Since then half of what I read online seems to be “Professionals” (those guys), telling me it’s not Pro at all, not Pro enough or not the right kind of Pro. How many of these people have even touched the new devices?"
(As a side note, I think the Microsoft Studio looks pretty awesome, but it isn't a laptop, so comparisons to anything used on the MBP is kind of ridiculous, even if you have actually used both computers.)
The guy that has actually used it has a different opinion
"For years we’ve had single mouse inputs on a graphical user interface. Over time we’ve added more buttons and scroll wheels, trackpads with gestures. The Touch Bar takes this step further by allowing multiple inputs at the same time and combines well with the trackpad. The more I’ve used it the more I’ve replaced certain keyboard shortcuts. Why would I use dual-hand/multi-finger shortcuts if the button was there in front of me? And it’s contextual. It changes depending on what I’m doing. I’m editing picture; it shows me relevant trimming shortcuts. I’m editing titles; it shows me font, formatting and colour options. All without the need to open other menus. It works, it’s faster and it’s more productive. I believe it’s only a starting point, as developers learn how we all use this thing, it’s going to get better and better. But even the short time that I’ve been using it with Final Cut Pro 10.3, I can already feel it becoming part of my everyday editing process."
No one, other than this one guy has written about real world use of the MBP (with Touch Bar), so I am not saying that his comments will be the norm. However, it does show that in a very short amount of time, one pro already finds this feature useful.
It is the Power, Stupid!
Here is another video showing how the thing actually compares to a popular Windows laptop.
So is it powerful enough for a "Pro"
"First off, It’s really fast. I’ve been using the MacBook Pro with the new version of FCP X and cutting 5k ProRes material all week, it’s buttery smooth. No matter what you think the specs say, the fact is the software and hardware are so well integrated it tears strips off “superior spec’d” Windows counterparts in the real world. This has always been true of Macs. If you’re running software with old code which doesn’t utilise the hardware well, you’re not going to get great performance (as pointed out here). I understand people need to use programs from other developers, but at some point they need to play catch up. Otherwise it’s akin to asking for a more powerful engine because you like to buy tire-less wheels for your car. For all the kinds of work I do it’s been excellent"
Does this mean it will work for every pro?
"A ‘Professional’ should be defined by the work they deliver and the value they bring, not their gear. Use the new MacBook Pro, don’t use the new MacBook Pro. Your audience don’t care. You just have to keep making great work however you can. For me, I love it and I think most people will do too... once they actually touch it."
Doesn't that pretty much put this stupid argument to bed? Ha, Ha, Ha! Never! There will always be complainers about any new tech. It goes with the territory and if Apple doesn't fit your needs, then maybe it is time for you to move to something else. By the looks of it, Apple hasn't been hurt by the sudden flock of "pros" to other platforms (if these complainers are to be believed).
According to MacRumors "Slice Intelligence says the new MacBook Pro accumulated more revenue from online orders during its first five days of availability than the Microsoft Surface Book, ASUS Chromebook Flip, Dell Inspiron 2-in-1, and Lenovo Yoga 900, based on e-receipt data from 12,979 online shoppers in the United States." Look at the chart below, it is mind blowing: