Have searched and only found a few, outdated threads on this topic. So, I am trying to decide between the macbook and the new macbook pro. Here are the basics: I am a professional writer. I mainly use my laptop for writing, which usually means having final draft, microsoft word, iTunes and safari all running at the same time. I need to be able to store music and photos, but I do not do any heavy editing or programming. Battery life is not really much of a consideration, as I usually leave my laptop plugged in while working. Screen size is also not really an issue between the two options, as I am not interested in a 15" macbook pro. I am currently working off a 2009 13" macbook pro, so would go for another 13". Is there a huge difference between the 13" pro and the 12" macbook? It seems the macbook's keyboard is more cramped and that slightly concerns me (though I have not personally tested it out yet). Portability is somewhat of a consideration, but I've been hauling my old pro around so I don't think it would make a huge difference to me at this point. Storage/memory is important -- I do use some external hard drives/the cloud, but I like having my files on my laptop, ready to go when I need them. A concern I have with the macbook is the lack of ports. I like to charge my phone via my laptop while working, but it has ONE port, which I would be using to charge the laptop itself most of the time. Yes, I realize there are accessories to buy for this, but would find it irritating to haul around adaptors for something so simple. Another concern is having the latest and greatest hardware. My fear is regretting purchasing the macbook to find it feels outdated in a year or two -- since my laptop is such a huge part of my work, I need it to last more than a few years. So, to sum up, I feel like for my basic, daily usage, the macbook makes more sense, but the port problems, possible keyboard/sizing issue and hardware make me lean towards the macbook pro. Any advice? Ideally would like to purchase something at the end of the year. Thanks in advance for your help!