Yes, friends, neighbors, cohorts, and passersby, Apple has a new MacBook Pro model, and guess what? It also has a new keyboard design. Apple has decided to double down on the keyboard problem that has inflamed Mac customers for the past couple of years.
Keyboards for recent MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models come with the so-called butterfly keyboard; a new design that is thin and light and has a different feel than previous models.
It also has a problem. A speck of dust or dirt in the wrong space can render a key useless. The repair is costly. Through the years Apple has insisted that the butterfly keyboard design is better but problems continued to mount and that mean a growing chorus of Mac notebook users with problematic keyboards that threatened to place irreparable harm to the might Mac brand.
Sure, the butterfly design keyboard might not have as many actual problems as previous keyboards, but it seems like it. Apple agreed with the noise and issued a Mac Keyboard Fix program going back to the original butterfly design from three years ago.
Faster repairs, no cost to the customer.
As usual, Apple introduced a new product that is better than the one I just bought. In this case it’s the high end, 15-inch MacBook Pro with 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 Inside.
With a new butterfly keyboard design.
This new model comes with 8-cores standard, a Radeon Pro 560X GPU with 4GB RAM, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD storage, Touch Bar and Touch ID, and four Thunderbolt 3-USB-C ports for a measly $2,800.
OK, let’s have some fun at Apple’s expensive and price out this new power beast to the max.
First, we can jump the 8-core 9th-generation Core i9 CPU to a full on Turbo Boost of 5GHz for $200. Doubling the 16GB RAM to 32GB is a mere $400. Want the best Radeon Pro Vega available for the Mac? That’s another $350.
Get ready to use a couple of credit cards to pay for this beast.
SSD storage starts at 512GB but scales quickly to a massive 4TB. Uh huh. Eight times as much storage as the base model. 4TB. Ter-a-bytes.
What’s the grand total?
I was afraid to click Add To Bag as an errant click later might charge my credit card. As of now, this is the best of Apple’s best notebooks, complete with the fastest Intel Inside, a True Tone Retina display, and a new keyboard.
To close out, here’s a good question to ponder.
Why didn’t Apple just wait a couple of weeks for WWDC, the developer’s conference? Could Apple be working on a new Mac Pro to be announced alongside macOS Santa Monica?