Apr. 10th, 2017

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I happened to be near an Apple gear store the other day, and decided to stop in and see what the deal is with those new laptops. I won't upgrade my computer for probably another two years, but I still like to keep my eye on what they're up to, and they went in some odd and controversial directions with last year's new Pros. So I wanted to get some hands-on time and see whether I minded the interface changes.

Well, 15m in a store doesn't hold a candle to a solid workday for shaking out new hardware, but I'm not really worried about the new Macs anymore:

  • I actually love that new keyboard. It's like they made a keyboard specifically for me — I've always preferred laptop keyboards, and this is probably the most laptoppy laptop keyboard ever made. It's got the minimum workable amount of vertical travel, combined with a really pleasing amount of feedback so you don't have to slap down on it. And somehow the keys are a lot wider while still using the same layout distances, and my fingers like that a lot. It's fast and comfortable, and I hope they make an external version of it.
  • I'm really into that trackpad too. Gotta turn the click force up to "firm," but then it's 👌🏼.
  • I don't know about that Touch Bar yet. I'm pretty much on-board with the idea, I've been wanting something like that for ages, but it'll take more time using it before I know whether they stuck the landing, and I expect there'll be some more improvements to it in the next few years. I kind of want it to be a second trackpad, with the clickiness and all.

So yeah, by the time upgrade year rolls around, the successors to these will hopefully be just what I'm looking for.

Also hopefully they'll be cheaper. :|

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