I came across the announcement video of the original MacBook Pro from Macworld 2006. This was ten years ago and now that the new 2016 MacBook Pro has been announced I thought it would be interesting to compare these two product launches. Especially since people seem to be convince Apple has lost it's core values. The Macworld keynote didn't look all that different from the Apple we know now though... So in 2006 Apple started the transition to Intel with the iMac G5. But there was One More Thing... While they weren't able to update the PowerBook G4 to a G5, they did announce the MacBook Pro with Intel processors. I wasn't an Apple user back then, so I don't really know how people felt about this switch (although I believe some people still want that PowerBook G5 for some reason). The numbers didn't lie though, performance per watt was 4.5x higher than with a G5 and it made this new MacBook seriously quick. The MacBook Pro had a 15" screen which was Ultra Bright. As bright as a Cinema Display! Of course, while being the fastest, it was also the thinnest and lightest MacBook Pro yet. The highlighted features include: iSight camera for conference calling, IR-receiver for Front Row and the MagSafe port. Initially, these two configuration were available... What struck me were the similarities with the 2016 MacBook Pro announcement. On this moment the machines have not yet shipped, but the forums are filled with hatred and disappointment. The 2016 MacBook Pro is the thinnest and lightest yet. The display is lots brighter than before. Performance has increased, not just processors but also in SSD read/write speeds. It has a new, more stable keyboard and a 2x larger trackpad. The USB-C ports support a very wide range of I/O. Speakers are better. Internal cooling has improved. Touch Bar changes input methods on laptops for the first time in... decades? The announcement from 2006 had Steve Jobs, a brilliant speaker who actually did the whole announcement including demos. Everything carefully coordinated and timed. The new features were presented as really practical, you could immediately see how this could be something you'd want to have. I don't think the two machines differ that much if you look at the amount of new features and improvements. The 2016 keynote itself wasn't anywhere near as good and exciting, that had a lot to do with presentation. The machine did have some really nice improvements, but we've seen similar improvements for years now across all products. Thinner, lighter, faster. I totally think Steve would have presented the exact same machine if he were still alive, he would just make it seem more exciting than it actually is. Yes, the new MacBook Pro doesn't have all ports available out-of-the-box and the prices are much higher than before (don't know how they compare to the 2006 model?). But is it not a "Pro" machine anymore just because they showed the Touch Bar displaying emoticons? I think the 2006 presentation included just as much examples for normal consumers and that they didn't change too much from that. Of course, in 2006 they still offered a tower Mac Pro, but at Macworld they also announced... iPod Remote. iPod accessories must have been the Watch bands from the pre-iPhone-era. Maybe I'm being not critical enough, I'm sure someone will correct me if I missed the point. This was just my opinion, something I noticed while watching the Macworld keynote. Let me know what you think!