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Marco Arment, a developer best known for co-founding Tumblr and creating apps Instapaper and Overcast, believes the 2012 to 2015 era 15-inch MacBook Pro is "the best laptop that has ever existed."

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2015 15-inch MacBook Pro

"Introduced in 2012, less than a year after Steve Jobs died, I see it as the peak of Jobs' vision for the Mac," said Arment in a blog post this week.

The 2012 model was the first MacBook Pro with a Retina display, and had a much slimmer design compared to previous models after Apple removed the built-in Ethernet port and optical disc drive for CDs/DVDs.

Apple refreshed the 2012 model in each of the following three years, but kept the external design largely the same.

Arment sees value in the 2012 to 2015 model's array of connectivity options, including a pair of Thunderbolt and USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a SD card slot, and a MagSafe power adapter that breaks away safely if it's tripped over.

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2015 15-inch MacBook Pro

By comparison, the 2016 and later MacBook Pro has two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports that handle power, USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA, resulting in Apple removing dedicated USB-A, HDMI, SD card, and MagSafe connectivity from the notebook.

He added that the 2012-2015 keyboard has a "crowd-pleasing design" and that the trackpad strikes a "great balance between size and usability."

2016 and later MacBook Pro models have a slimmer keyboard with a second-generation butterfly mechanism that has less key travel than 2012-2015 models, and a larger trackpad that is closer to the keyboard.

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Apple packed a smaller 76 watt-hour battery pack into the latest MacBook Pro models, and while the notebooks are rated for up to 10 hours of battery life between charges, there were several early complaints in real-world usage.

All of these changes generated some controversy within the Apple community, particularly among professionals, so Arment's opinion is sure to resonate with some users, including among customers who refuse to upgrade.

Despite some early complaints, however, the MacBook Pro appears to be selling very well for Apple. In fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Mac set a new all-time revenue record of $25.8 billion in the 2017 fiscal year, with sales fueled primarily by "great demand" for the MacBook Pro in particular.
We sold 5.4 million Macs during the September quarter, up 10 percent over last year, and gained significant market share as the global market contracted by one percent, according to IDC's latest estimate. This performance was fueled primarily by great demand for MacBook Pro, and Mac revenue grew 25 percent to a new September quarter record.
For now, Apple continues to sell the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics for $1,999 in the United States.

Full Article: "The best laptop ever made" by Marco Arment

Article Link: Marco Arment Argues the 2012--2015 MacBook Pro is 'Best Laptop That Has Ever Existed'
 
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rti92391

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He’s an idiot...I’ve listened to their ATP podcast and it’s just non-stop complaining.

Sure, some people don’t like the new MacBook Pro models for various reasons and that’s fine. My advise would be, move on. Either buy a $1700-2000 computer or not. Feel lucky you have the ability to do so. We’re living in the greatest era in humankind and he’s complaining about a keyboard, ports and minutiae.
 
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I've had my 2017 15' MBP for a couple of weeks now and I'm absolutely loving it. Don't care to know what the 2015 model was like to be honest!

It handles everything well, the speed is amazing, the battery lasts a really long time, and I got used to the keyboard in a few days!

Whenever I use an another Macbook now it feels really old.
 
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rhoydotp

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I love mine but to I wouldn't say it's the best "that has ever existed"
 
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joshwenke

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I definitely agree with him, the lack of ports, the excessively high price, and the gimmick-y touch bar make the newer MBP models less appealing.

Crossing my fingers that Apple will release something like the good 'ol 2015 15" again, but I can only hope.

(I recommend the refurbished 2015 15" to pretty much everyone that asks me which Mac to buy).
 
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YegorH

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Have had 17" MacBook Pro, Now have both 15" 2012 and 15" Latest with TB: I like the Touch Bar the best. The guy simply doesn't know what he is talking about. The only thing stood out in the article is him complaining of lack of ports and connectivity. People like him still rent Blue Ray DVDs.
 
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My Late 2012 rMBP still runs flawless like on its first day. Probably not gonna update for a while.

Since graduating Uni i dont really have the need for a laptop anymore besides the occasional jdownloader session
 
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He’s an idiot...I’ve listened to their ATP podcast and it’s just non-stop complaining.

Sure, some people don’t like the new MacBook Pro models for various reasons and that’s fine. My advise would be, move on. Either buy a $1700-2000 computer or not. Feel lucky you have the ability to do so. We’re living in the greatest era in humankind and he’s complaining about a keyboard, ports and minutiae.
Not sure why this guy gets such mad respect. Irrespective of Tumblr, I don't consider him the rock star the other Apple pundits do. Overcast and and that other read it later app are average.

Bottom line: he's a deuche
 
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Stella

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Yes Apple does continues to sell the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro, at the same price in 2017 as they did in 2015. Its not surprising Apple are cashing in on the profits selling vintage hardware at premium prices! The GPU / CPU will be coming up to 3 year old in 2018.
 
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BrettApple

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I think I'll have to agree. Used the PowerBook G4, pre-unibody MBP, Unibody MB/MBP, and my current Late 2013 13" rMBP. I've seen zero need to move from my Late 2013 model, the Haswell chips have held up well and it still gets great battery life and the display is just as beautiful as the day I unboxed it.

That and I've used the new models a number of times and the keyboard still bothers me as does the lack of ports for me personally. But that's just one mans opinion.

I may upgrade but likely not until 2020 at the absolute earliest. My Late 2008 MacBook went till 2014 when I bought my rMBP and is still running just fine for that matter. Just wanted a lighter laptop with a better battery and display.
 
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itguy06

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Not sure why this guy gets such mad respect. Irrespective of Tumblr, I don't consider him the rock star the other Apple pundits do. Overcast and and that other read it later app are average.

Bottom line: he's a deuche

Same here. He's just a guy that hooked up with a founder of an obscure website. They sold out and that's about it. I've tried his apps and they are meh at best and junk at worst.

He's not this rockstar that people think he is. The Dauché comment is spot on.
 
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I'll take my current MBP any day.

USB-C means a single port to connect every device. No need for a different cable for networking, different for monitor, different for power, different for external hard drive, different for RAID.......
You may have a single port, but you need an adapter for the iPhone, an adapter for the networking, an adapter for the monitor, a power port that will send your mac flying if you trip over it, an adapter for your external hard drive, an adapter for RAID, etc.

I'm glad that I'm using the "best laptop that has ever existed," lol.
 
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