Unlike every other high-end streaming device, the new generation of AppleTV fails to support 4K.
The newest iOS for the iPhone has way too many popups and messages on the side swipes. Sometimes it's very frustrating to actually get to what you're trying to find. And, starting an app now takes more than twice as long as the previous iOS. The user experience is so poor that t's almost enough to make me think about switching back to Android.
But, the new MacBook Pro is the deal breaker for me.
- Fingerprint reader built into the on button (like the iPhone home button) - this is nice but it's not a high value item for me.
- Emoji Bar - ok, Apple calls it a touch bar, but it's really just an annoyance. Apple has a religious thing against touch screens so they replaced the function keys with a touch pad. I'm not impressed.
- Ever so slightly thiner - the old model was already thin enough.
- Screen ever so slightly brighter and better color - I like this, sometimes I turn the old screen down to 80% brightness, but having the option for brighter is a good change.
- Speakers louder - again, not a problem I needed solving.
- 4x USB(c) Ports - great for accessories in the year 2020.
- 2 Tb SSD - nice.
- Screen resolution - when the MacBookPro retina was first introduced 4 years ago it was special. Today it's 2880x1800 resolution is less than the high end PC laptops with 4K resolution. I expected a 4K screen for video and photo editing. Keeping the same <3K resolution is embarrassing. Same ol' same ol'
- 16 Gb RAM - the high end PCs are all available with up to 32Gb RAM. Apple claims that it kept the RAM at 16GB max to save battery life. The new MacBook Pro should have an option to buy it with 32Gb RAM. (The rumor is that the 2017 refresh might up the RAM to 32Gb.): Same ol' same ol'
- Ports - The new MacBook Pro has four of the new high speed USB(c) ports. Period. No other ports.
- Magsafe (the way cool magnetic power connector that just popped off when accidentally pulled): gone.
- HDMI port to connect to projectors at conferences and HDTV screens in board rooms: gone.
- USB port to connect to remote key clickers, remote hard drive, USB Memory Keys, high-end audio adaptors (such as the great Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface), and much more: gone.
- SD Card Slot to move Gigbytes of files from the camera to the computer. Also SanDisk has demoed a 1 Tb SD Card. I was looking forward to using it for a local, on-board Time Machine backup: gone.
- Thunderbolt displayport - to connect to high end displays such as the Dell 30" Ultra display I use: gone.
- I've read that the SSD is now fused to the motherboard. The previous MacBook Pro retina has an SSD that's replaceable and upgradable. Other World Computing has been selling upgrades for a while. I've burnt out 3 SSDs in previous machines. the SSD must be replaceable.
For now, my current 3 year old MacBookPro retina is still running perfectly, which says a lot for the design and quality of the machine. In the past when I used Dell or Compaq laptops I was always itching for a new machine in 12-18 months. But I'm still completely happy with my current 3 year old MacBook Pro. In fact if you took the new MacBookPro and altered it to include what I need everyday, you'd have the old MacBookPro retina - my current machine. I might swap out the SSD to add some more life to it. But, when it dies, I'm probably going to take a look at the Microsoft Surface.
I'm very disappointed in Apple. User experience is all about identifying the friction between the user and the user's goals. For a company that prides itself on designing a great user experience, I think they've completely lost sight of the user's goals. The Apple user community has been very vocal in the past few weeks about the new MacBook Pro. I hope they listen to all the negative feedback and get back on course.