File photo: A guest points to a new MacBook Pro during an Apple media event in Cupertino, California, USA October 27, 2016. (REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach)
Apple is no stranger to controversy, but the misses on the latest MacBook Pro-design that go beyond the standard dishes.
WWDC is just around the corner, and although we don’t expect Apple to refresh the MacBook Pro than a CPU bump, it would be a great chance to level with her fans about the failures of the laptops. At the very least, I don’t want to hear a word about how innovative these two functions were without any admission of guilt.
The malfunction of the keyboard
For the first time introduced in the 12-inch MacBook, the low-travel keyboard of the MacBook Pro is a division. It makes use of a “butterfly” switch mechanism is to create a greater sense of movement in the keys, without providing a lot of key travel. While some people prefer and some people in spite of this, is the durability of problems can not be overlooked.
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Reports about the failing, sticky keys started in 2016, and the negative consensus has since only gotten worse. According to irritated Apple fans, even the smallest amount of dust could make a key useless. The pressure of the public opinion hit a fever pitch in the past few months, when charges were filed, and petitions were signed.
Normally, Apple would just replace the defective units, and quietly moving, but there is no escaping the problem. While we probably won’t see a recall or a replacement program at the level of the iPhone battery situation, Apple must solve the problem ahead. It can not continue to sell defective keyboards into new products.
The good news is that Apple already has is the pursuit of technology that could solve the problem. In March we reported that Apple had patented a “crumb-less” keyboard that uses a number of different approaches to keep small particles away from the keys. We doubt Apple can place on the technology fast enough for the WWDC in June, but Apple need to do something to solve the problem.
The failure of the Touch Bar
Perhaps We get a kind of recognition of the problem with the keyboard at WWDC, but the following is almost hopeless. The Touch Bar was first introduced in 2016, MacBook Pro, and it looked like an interesting alternative for touch screen laptops. The company has the famous avoided them, and the Touch Bar seemed to be a way to get some of those touch capabilities for MacOS. Unfortunately, it was more of a hassle than anything else.
Because of its location on the keyboard deck, actually removes useful buttons. On top of that, often freezes, which requires a reboot to resolve. I have not yet spoken with a person who makes use of the Touch Bar and appreciates the functionality on physical function row of keys. Even in the Apple forums, you will be hard pressed to find someone who like the Touch Bar. From the perspective of the people who use MacBooks, it’s a total failure.
But Apple can’t go back. It spent too much time and energy deposit of the resources for development in the. There is really only one way Apple could (and would actually) problem to solve: Double-down. I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple replaced the keyboard and the trackpad at all, with a large touch-screen in the next redesign. It will be a hard sell, but there is no question, it is the direction the company is headed.
The best we can hope for is that ten years from now we will look back on the 2016 MacBook Pro as an awkward teenager going through puberty.
What can it do in the meantime?
Well, to begin with, Apple would release a 15-inch model without Touch Bar. Further, make it a premium option for those who are willing to pay for it. That would at least keep Pro users who need the extra power without the unnecessary costs of the Touch Bar.
A ‘sorry’ would be nice, too.