I have been an apple fan for 12 years, wbich is about half my life. I have fond memories of fiddling around with the 1 core Toshiba laptop I had at the time, installing 10.5 Leopard on it so I could use apps like iMovie and iPhoto. I got an iPod Touch a few months after it came out, and remember showing it to people and how it just blew their minds how well the touchscreen worked. I remember installing the iPhone OS 2.0 betas, all the way upto the Golden Master. I even remember waking up at 4AM to check if the App Store was live yet on the day it went live and witnessing the app going from “can not connect” to showing the App Store. I remember working 3 jobs during the summer of 2009 so I could buy a MacBook Pro. And I did. That MacBook Pro lasted me until 2015 with few issues (I went through about 4 hard drives because I have a habit of walking around with my computer but once I switched to an SSD it was great). I even was able to upgrade the RAM from 2GB to 6GB. Then in the fall of 2015, the screen died and I decided to let it die for good. So then I picked up a mid-2014 model which worked great. Sold that and got a mid-2015 model shortly after because 256GB was too small for me. I used that 2015 until a few weeks ago. I picked up a refurb 2.6Ghz 15” 2018 MBP. My point is that I am very much an Apple fanboy. Or, I was. In many ways, the new models post 2015 are depressing. Depressing because they are a clear departure from what has made Apple laptop so great for so many years. For example: There is no start up chime anymore The Apple logo is just a solid metal thing, it doesn't light up. The touch bar USB-c The butterfly keyboard No magsafe 2 so no magnetic charging Some of these things are symbolic in that they are not big things themselves but they represent a departure from what’s made MacBook Pros so great for all these years. It’s like they are trying to kill their fanbase by 1000 paper cuts. Things I like: The display is better than the 2015 model. I’m not sure if it’s the True Tone or what, but looking at the 2 side by side looking at the same things, the 2018 looks much better. I actually thought it was a higher resolution at first. Was surprised to see that it wasn’t. It’s fast. Faster than my 2015 even in real-world usage. It’s pretty The big trackpad. Things I’m meh about: The keyboard. I’m being nice here. It isn’t as awful as previous generations, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The keyboards from 2008 -2015 were so good that it changed the entire laptop industry. Before the unibody MBP its’ keyboard, laptop keyboards were 1 single piece with the buttons mashed together. Remember how keys fell off, you had to replace the whole thing? After the unibody MBP came out, laptop makers started copying it. The butterfly keyboards are reinventing the wheel. Why? Marketing people. USB-c. Not as bad as I thought but still a PITA Things I hate: The Touch Bar. I really tried to give this a fair shot. But it’s pointless, the Touch Bar is just annoying. Going back to the 2015 model, I realized that my typing style had changed to compensate for the touchbar. I kept accidentally tapping the escape key so I had to change my hand placement. Why is this stupid thing FORCED on anyone? Surely it just increases costs for Apple and decreases margins. I think we know why. Because if they made it optional, very few people would get it, and that would bruise the egos of people over in marketing. Thermal throttling. It hasn’t been that bad but there seems to be no rhyme or reason to throttling. I’ve had it throttle as low as 80C. And it throttles down to 800Mhz, making it basically unusable. For a $2400 machine, that is not okay. No card reader. Okay fine, USB-c it is. But why the heck did they have to remove the card reader? The price. Despite these issues., I still like the new MBP. But I can't justify the price. $2400 refurbished is a ripoff for a machine with this many flaws. Time will tell how reliable the 2018 models are, but given the issues with the 2016 and 2017 models, I am not optimistic. And that's just unacceptable for the price point. So what would I suggest for Apple? Take the iPhone SE approach. Release a “MacBook Pro CE” (Classic Edition). Take the shell of the 2015 MBP and re-release it with updated internals. The extra bulk will help with heat dissipation, it allows Apple to save face, and the margins will still be good. Sell it for $1999 and it will become a best seller overnight. Please, Apple. Please. ------------------------------------------------- 3/2 Update: I returned it. No regrets. Really, the only reason why I wanted the 2018 was the True tone display. When I realized I could emulate it manually with Night Shift, that was the final nail in the coffin. After going back to the 2015, I'm realizing what I've missed: The keyboard. The 2008 - 2015 keyboards are widely regarded as the best EVER on a laptop, and it's very clear why. No Touchbar. Hooray for escape keys and not having to worry about accidentally hitting the top keys! SD card slot. USB-A slots. A reasonably sized trackpad HDMI port! I'm bolding this because of how important it is. I didn't realize how much I used the HDMI port until it wasn't there. I refused to buy an adapter just in principle. So I expected the Magsafe to USB-c change to be a bigger one. Honestly, it's not that big of a deal. Because USB-c is such a thin connector, it effectively amounts to the same thing as a magnetic connector. I can't help but think about this video from Steve Jobs It's very clearly what's going on with Apple now. They are making $3000 fashion accessories not laptops. The late model MacBook Pros are powerful, but impractical in so many ways. Sure many of the issues can be fixed by buying a plugin dongle, but we shouldn't have to. And the touchbar needs to be an option, not forced on every user. Please, Apple, just release a MacBook Pro Classic. Because you know what's crazy about all this? Lots of people, myself included, would be willing to pay EXTRA for a 2015-style MBP with updated internals. But you're just too dang proud to do that because it would be an admission that people don't like the new MacBook Pros.