Don’t Buy the 13″ MacBook Pro… Yet

by birtanpublished on May 11, 2021

Don't touch your face don't go out in public don't forget to wash your hands don't use sandpaper instead of toilet paper all things I'm sure you're hearing all day and I am sick of it but in today's world of nose I'm gonna add one more don't in the mix which I hope you can understand why but no one right now should buy the 13-inch MacBook Pro let's begin there are lots of variables at play here that are indicating that a refresh for this MacBook is imminent and a fairly substantial one at that to see we just got the refreshed MacBook Air with its new magic keyboard which is basically just Apple saying yeah

Butterfly keys we were wrong about that let's go back to the old way and in my opinion if they're willing to bring the magic keyboard to the MacBook Air that means they're bringing it to everything it's just a matter of time in fact it's kind of bizarre that they didn't want to do it with the MacBook Pro at the same time but if you remember my videos a while back when they first started adopting the magic keyboard on the MacBook Pro again that's when I thought you know Phil said they wanted to keep pursuing butterfly keys as well as the magic keyboard so they can kind of

Figure out the best of both and my initial thought was well maybe because the MacBook Air is so thin in light they'll keep the butterfly keyboard on that but no pull a couple months later boom it's gone now we want more travel now we want more traditional style keyboards on our thin thin MacBook so if they're willing to do it on the MacBook Air they're absolutely more than willing to do it on the thicker heavier MacBook Pro they just haven't got around to it yet probably because there's some CPU and GPU improvements they want to bring along with it in the future the 13-inch

MacBook Pro is so insanely dated now compared to the rest of the lineup it's insane to me that the cheaper MacBook Air that starts at $1,000 that gets 256 gigs by default heck even the $800 Mac Mini gets 256 gigs by default same default storage configuration as the $6,000 Mac Pro to put you in perspective of how stupid this is but on top of all of that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is still I believe the only Mac at this point that comes with a default of 128 gigs and that's the pro model that's not even the air like wow and this is at a higher starting price than both the Mac Mini or

The MacBook Air mind you like what makes it worth all that extra money like is it the touch bar is it the notoriously unreliable butterfly keyboard a refresh is coming absolutely people I know Phil Stiller tried to pretend like oh that's not coming we don't know about that we'll sit you know who knows what's going to have we do know this is happening at some point in the next couple months my best guess is that they want to unveil it at World Wide Developers Conference but they have to be working on it now if they're willing to do all these minor refreshes

With the Mac lineup but not address the 13-inch MacBook Pro they gave the 15-inch MacBook Pro this whole new treatment giving it you know an extra inch of display the new magic keyboard better thermals which in return helped the updated internals as well they gave it the Escape key and all that they improve the speaker's they gave it new microphones thinner bezels overall this has to be coming to the 13-inch MacBook Pro which will inevitably lead to a 14 inch MacBook Pro yes one that starts at 256 gigs of storage and probably the same starting price is the one that

Currently sits there the other prediction I would like to make is that since the MacBook Air has gotten so much more powerful you can now rock a quad-core in that thing I think the refresh for the new cheapest MacBook Pro is going to come with four Thunderbolt three ports by default so they will in the argument of simplicity just have four Thunderbolt three ports on every single MacBook Pro there won't be the two Thunderbolt 3 version and if you just need two Thunderbolt 3 ports and that's okay go ahead and just get a heavily maxed out MacBook Air you know

Update that storage update that CPU and enjoy your laptop that's gonna sound like an airliner every time it takes off but the other reason I heavily recommend people waiting is because I think Apple has some big stuff in store for Worldwide Developers Conference when it comes to the iPad in my opinion iPad pro as soon as you dock it with that magic keyboard it counts as a laptop now touching the screen becomes you know easy and fluid but at the same time not required if you have that cursor in keyboard attached so in my opinion that's a decently priced laptops with

Specs that you know you cannot find on others things like the a12 z chip which are really fast and I think there's a chance at June we may see Apple bring some more Pro apps to the iPad whether it's final cut or Xcode or logic that would be amazing but it may give MacBooks a run for their money if you're able to buy something like an iPad and get 120 Hertz an actual decent front facing camera and rear-facing camera which MacBooks don't have at all of course you have that Apple pencil support you still have great speaker system the only limitation

Is kind of i/o and software not being as good but I think they may have some stuff up their sleeve that's gonna make the iPad feel more so of a laptop replacement than it is right now and for those reasons I heavily recommend anyone in the market for a new macbook pro don't get the 13-inch and if you absolutely have to find it on sale somewhere you know go to Apple's certified refurbished find a discount at least because this thing has to be getting a refresh soon there's no way for the rest of 2020 it's just gonna be rocking the same old butterfly keyboard

And the same 128 gigs that no other Mac is shipping standard with right now they have to update they have to come on it's the MacBook Pro in its current state it's an embarrassment it's a joke to the lineup don't buy it okay just wait a little bit longer until they refresh it but if you guys think I'm missing something or you think there's a really great use case for the 13-inch MacBook Pro feel free to let me know over on Twitter join my discord we can thicker more about it there we love banning people it's a lot of fun and sandpaper works that's a pretty decent alternative

To toilet paper I'll give it a try this is your Apple safe here I'll see you in the next one you

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