In a rather surprising move, Apple updated the MacBook Pro 13’’ and 15’’ inch models with a Touch Bar two weeks before WWDC. There are a few things that come to my mind with regards to this revelation.
First of all, it’s great to see a spec bump again. The last one happened a year ago during WWDC, and before that – back in 2017. I hope it’s an old-new tradition and we will get an updated version of the current hardware every year.
Secondly, it’s a pity that once again, Apple didn’t bother to update the no-Touch-Bar MBPs.
According to some, it’s a sign these models are already dead. MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar but with Touch ID would be a great compromise for those who are in need of power, but are not convinced by or don’t like the Touch Bar.
Finally, although the CPU update is great news, I would love to see a 16 GB RAM option in the base model rather than just the 8 GB one. For the same price, of course!
Alongside the CPU updates, Apple did something with the keyboard (more on that below). Again, it’s good they are doing something, but the way they communicate that is terrible. Butterfly keyboard improvements didn’t appear in an official press release and a handful of bloggers had the opportunity to get that information from the Apple itself. For me, it’s simply poor consumer experience. Many people are wondering if it makes sense to buy a new MacBook because of the many stories related to keyboard issues. In my opinion, any information regarding improvements to that component, or the fact that now every MacBook with a butterfly keyboard is included into the keyboard service program, should go through the official channels.
Take a look at Matthew’s Panzarino tweet to get an update about keyboard changes. Time will tell how it’s going to work. In the meantime, here’s iFixit editor-in-chief’s analysis of the cursed keyboard.
Note: If you’re a MacBook Pro 2016 model owner experiencing a Flexgate issue, take a look at this MacRumors article for some details about the servicing program.