A closer look at the improved keyboard on the new MacBook Pro reveals it's nearly identical to Apple's popular Magic Keyboard
The revamped keyboard in Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro is nearly identical to the company's Magic Keyboard, a teardown from iFixit found. The new keyboard uses a scissor switch mechanism that's very similar to the one found in the Magic Keyboard. Apple overhauled the MacBook Pro's keyboard after customers had complained about the butterfly mechanism keyboard found on its other recent laptops for years. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
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The problem: You want a Mac that doesn’t have a crappy keyboard, but you can’t afford (or don’t need) the brand-new 16-inch MacBook Pro. You can either go scrounging for a 2015 MacBook Pro—a Mac I grew quite fond of—or deal with a cheaper, less-powerful alternative: the 2017 MacBook Air,.
The MacBook Air’s specs won’t blow your mind: a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 Broadwell processor, 8GB of memory, and a 128GB SSD. It weighs all of three pounds, though, and its 13.3-inch screen is great if you just need something small to work on while you’re travelling. (I wouldn’t use this as my primary PC, but that’s just me.) It also has 2x2 wireless-ac, which at least gets you some decent wifi speeds if your router is similarly equipped.
So This Is The Future Of Apple Innovation?
The big iFixit teardown is done, and the results are in. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is a heck of a lot like the old 15-inch MacBook Pro, save for a few meaningful throwback features. Yes, I mean throwback as in retro—as in Apple actually took retired features from old MacBooks and reintroduced them as new features. It would seem that the future of innovation at the Cupertino-based computer company is what I’ll call rewind design. I’m not complaining. The 16-inch MacBook Pro looks like a hell of a laptop, as it should for a starting price of $3799. The new machine comes with a bigger display, a bigger battery, better speakers, and a brand new AMD graphics card.
Most importantly, its (temporary) $US699 ($1,032) price puts the MacBook Air cheaper than a brand-new—really, an iPad Pro plus a keyboard, because that’s what you’d probably want to have if you’re really looking to use a tablet as your portable PC of choice.
I can’t tell you which system is going to be faster for your needs, but the MacBook Air, even an older MacBook Air, is a compelling alternative when it costs so little. Sure, you can get an even more inexpensive portable laptop if you go for a great budget Chromebook (like the Asus Chromebook C425TA) or a super-cheap Windows laptop, but if you’re fully invested in the Apple ecosystem, this MacBook Air deal isn’t bad.
I love Google's new Pixelbook Go, but it's a baffling $850 device that no one should buy .
Google'sPixelbook Go is a perfect secondary, portable, use-anywhere internet-browsing Chromebook that complements a larger, more powerful computer. All it really does is run the Chrome web browser, which is all I want from a little laptop that complements my big, powerful computer. Except it has one critical flaw: An $US850 price tag. For that money, you can get a great Windows 10 13-inch laptop that's similarly portable, runs full apps, and is much more versatile. For $US150 more, you can pick up an AppleMacBook Air. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.