Apple has finally announced the much-awaited upgrades to its Pro line of MacBooks. As expected, Apple made some unorthodox decisions and they are getting beaten up for it.\n\n\nI use a mix of technologies. I have a MacBook, Chromebook, Google Pixel C, Windows 10 PC and I primarily use openSUSE on my main desktop. As a result, I consider myself well educated on the advantages and disadvantages of each platform, without any bias.\n\n\nAlthough my 2013 MacBook with 8GB of RAM is in great shape and is my go-to device when I am not on my desktop, I am looking at upgrading it to the new MacBook.\n\n\nShould I?\n\n\nIn this post I am addressing some of the unfair criticism of the new MacBook Pro and also talking about the facts that make them great devices.\n\nFirst things first: Hardware specs\n\nThe new MacBooks are running on Intel\u2019s 6th generation Sky Lake processors and not the newly released Kaby Lake. Does that matter? It would have been better if Apple used the latest chips, but for a MacBook user Kaby Lake doesn\u2019t really make a big difference. Both processors are 14nm and are literally identical. The only slight difference you may notice is in the battery life if you watch 4K video. Period.\n\n\nDon\u2019t forget, MacBooks have a long shelf life (Apple claims four years, but they go beyond four years depending on your usecase). Since Intel is moving away from tick-tock model they will probably be releasing a new processor every year. No matter which processor Apple pack into their MacBooks, it\u2019s going to be old by the following year. So don\u2019t keep falling for the newer hardware madness telling you that you should always have the latest and greatest hardware.\n\nIs 16GB RAM enough?\n\nThe short answer is yes. I have the 2013 MacBook Pro that came with 8GB of RAM. Initially I fretted \u00a0whether this device is future proof or not. We are approaching 2017 and I am heavily using Adobe Premier, Photoshop, Lightroom and 3d modeling software, and MacBook is serving me very well. In fact it outperformed a high end 2016 laptop with 16GB of RAM. Yes, it would be great to have a 32GB model, but I won\u2019t go over 16GB of RAM for an ultrabook. Why? Because RAM is not a magic potion, you need an equally powerful processor to process the data.\n\nUSB Type C\n\nThank you Apple for removing all legacy USB ports from the device. USB has been nothing more than a mess. There are at least 7 legacy USB ports. I have to carry around at least 5 types of USB cables \u00a0to be able to connect to my devices. My Western Digital external hard drive uses USB B, whereas Nikon d750 uses UC-E17 USB Cable, headphone charger uses Micro USB and Xoom Dictaphone Mini USB, plus USB Type C for my Nexus phone. Yes. That\u2019s legacy USB mess. And don\u2019t forget all those HDMI cables.\u00a0Please kill the legacy USB!.\n\n\nGet rid of all that mess and everyone, please move to USB Type C. One type to rule them all: from audio video output to charging to data transfers.Needless to say, I am very happy there are no legacy USB ports in MacBooks. Initially I will have to carry 2 adapters, but as soon as the rest of the world moves to USB Type C the better. I am already carrying 5 different cables to survive the legacy USB world.\n\nLack of SD card reader\n\nThe new MacBooks don\u2019t have a SD card reader. How many people actually use the SD Card reader? The only use case that I can think of is photographers who may prefer SD Card. But it\u2019s not a deal breaker for a professional photographer. Have you seen the bag of a photographer? All you will see is cables, connectors, filters, lenses, SD Cards\u2026one more USB Type C SD Card reader is not going to break their back and chances are they already own one.\n\nMissing Magsafe\n\nCome on folks. MacBooks are the only devices that offered Magsafe. Do you have MagSafe in your Dell, HP, Lenovo, ASUS laptops? Are you tripping and falling all the time? What do you do with your iPad, iPhone, Android phones? Yes, MagSafe was a good approach but that\u2019s not the end of the world and I am much happier to use the same USB Type C port for charging than MagSafe.\n\nTouch bar is a gimmick\n\nFinally someone is doing something for those useless function keys. If you are a Chromebook user, you already know how \u2018valuable\u2019 those are. All I care about is \u2018Esc\u2019 key as I use it heavily in the text editor, and that\u2019s going to stay with the \u2018Touch Bar\u2019. Touch Bar is going to expand the functionality of the keyboard and applications and give me more control over features. In fact it creates new ways to interact with apps, without having to lift your fingers from the keyboard area. I love the new Touch Bar.\n\nThe hidden secrets of MacBook Pro Trackpad\n\n Let me say this straight out: Apple is the only company that got the touch pad right. I have yet to come across a non-Apple laptop where trackpad is nothing more than an extension of the mouse. With the new MacBook, the trackpad is doubled in size. In addition, there is a secret that most people don\u2019t know: with the new force field touch pads, you can convert it into a tablet by using a stylus. Apps like Inklet allow you to enjoy pressure sensitivity so all those aspiring graphic artists don\u2019t need to buy expensive tablets. I can\u2019t tell you how excited I am about it.\n\nThey don't have touchscreen\n\nAs a Chromebook Flip and Dell XPS 13 user, I can tell you touchscreens on laptops are pure waste. No one uses them. Touch screens do make sense for those devices that lack keyboard and mouse, but not on laptops. Also these touchscreens work more or less like input devices, like a mouse, so unlike iPad or Surface Pro like devices, you really can\u2019t use them for drawing due to lack of palm rejection, it\u2019s counterproductive. So, no, I don\u2019t need touchscreen on my laptop.\n\nMacBooks are expensive\n\nI often hear people say Apple products are overpriced. May I ask what wasthe price of Chromebook Pixel? You get 32GB of storage for $1600. Check out laptops from Dell, HP, Lenovo \u2026 look at any vendor out there \u00a0matching the MacBook specs and you are talking about over $2000. You still get the crappy touchpad and Windows 10 that doesn\u2019t scale apps very well for HiDPI monitors\u2026.and I won\u2019t get into the 45 minute long downtime every time there is a system update. Yes, you can get a laptop under $300 but don\u2019t complain about creaky hinges, unresponsive touchpad, 3Kg of weight and 4GB of RAM. The bottom line is good hardware is expensive. Just check the price of Pixel XL phone. It\u2019s the same price of MacBook Air.\n\nResistance to change\n\nApple is finally pushing \u00a0laptops into new territories. Unlike Ubuntu Linux or Gnome, it\u2019s not creating new interfaces that require users to relearn everything. It\u2019s sticking to the WIMP paradigm and yet making game-changing improvements to hardware. That\u2019s what we need. In all these years, the only innovation that we saw in the non-Apple market was more RAM and new CPUs. Period. Apple is pushing the envelope.\n\n\nI think the latest MacBook Pro is the rightful successor and I will be buying one. If you have any doubts, don\u2019t listen to critics and get one. You won\u2019t regret it. Trust me.