Apple Just Killed My Favorite MacBook Pro

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RIP, MacBook Pro classic. That’s right, Apple just pulled the plug on the 2015 MacBook Pro, which happened to be my favorite system in Apple’s lineup.

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I can see why Apple discontinued this model, given the introduction of the powerful new 2018 MacBook Pros, but I’m not happy about it. Here’s why.

As I’ve outlined before, the 2015 MacBook Pro offered a great keyboard with lots of cushy travel. The latest 15-inch MacBook Pro that Apple just announced has a quieter keyboard but with the same flat feel. The difference in travel between the old and new models is 1.3mm and 0.7mm, which is pretty significant.

The latest MacBook Pros also continue to pack 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, which gives you awesome throughput and the ability to run multiple devices off of a single connector. However, you don’t get a full size USB port or SD Card slot that the 2015 MacBook Pro had; you’ll need to carry around dongles for certain peripherals. The classic MacBook Pro also had an HDMI port.

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It’s not a huge deal, but I’m also going to miss seeing MacBooks with a MagSafe power adapter, which helped prevent the older 15-inch model from being tugged off of a desk by accident. With the new MacBook Pros, it’s all about charging over standard USB-C.

Now, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the new MacBook Pros. They are a lot faster with 8th-generation Core processors, and the 15-inch model supports up to 32GB of RAM and up to a 4TB SSD.

For power users, the 4th-generation, quad-core Core i7 chip is just not going to cut it anymore. The Iris graphics on the 13-inch Pro with Touch Bar and the AMD GPU on the 15-inch Pro are also a huge step up.

But if you’re nostalgic like I am, it’s not going to be easy saying goodbye to one of the best MacBooks ever. So long, old friend.

 

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Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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3 comments
  • Aland Says:

    Wow, so the 2015 MBP keyboard is now considered "great". That's really sad. Apple has been leading the industry towards ever-crappier keyboards since at least 2008. About the only ones left that are even usable are Thinkpads and Latitudes, and even with those you have to get something weighing over 5 pounds if you want more than the absolute minimum number of keys .

  • Hayk Avetisyan Says:

    Reading on A 2017 MacBook Air, which was my main birthday present

  • whaletail Says:

    The difference in key travel between the 2015 and 2018 MBP is .6mm, not 1.3 and .7mm. The latter values are the actual travel for each laptop, not the difference.

    Not trying to be pedantic, but shouldn't someone proofread an editorial written by the Editor in Chief?

    That said, I too wish Apple would re-introduce their older keyboard switches, but at least they're finally offering power users 32Gb RAM and incredibly powerful mobile processors.

    I just bought a comparably priced Surface Book 2, and although its Nvidia GTX 1060 dGPU outperforms the MBP's AMD equivalent, its quad core i7 chip can't compare, and the HD 620 integrated graphics - which get a lot of use, aren't anywhere near as powerful as the MBP's Iris Pro equivalent.

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