MacBook Pro opinions?

Microsoft 12890hf
Aug 24 35 Comments

I have owned a MB (air) for few years and never really used it extensively outside of school as I did lot of dev on my main desktop PC.

Recently got into some photo editing (PS Lightroom) and app development (XCode/iOS/Swift) along with light ML.

My MacBook air is from 2013 (i7/8GB/256GB), but definitely noticing it throttle to 100% in day to day performance. (Esp with 10 + chrome tabs) so doing dev work on this is far fetched. (I was broke in school so got this on a budget)

Fast forward, thinking to get a MacBook Pro (i9/32GB/1TB) and currently with education pricing, it's few 100s off along with free pair of Beats Studio 3, it's a tempting offer, but noticed that the current MBP hasn't been redesigned in 5 years (ish) and during the September Apple Launch event, I hear that they might be releasing a newly designed 16 inch MBP (with similar or same hardware config) just that the screen will be a bit bigger and better and maybe a keyboard fix.

The only thing is that with the new MBP, I'd have to wait another 1-2 months before I can get it, there will not be the discount that's currently being offered and no free Beats either.

Is it worth the wait? Will the extra 0.6 inch make a difference (as I know with coding on a laptop, the screen size can go a long way) - feel free to critique, share your opinions and why one may be better than the other.

Edit: For those suggesting a dell/or some PC, I have a Windows workstation which is really powerful (and I can always remote into), but getting a MBP is important as it allows me to use Xcode to develop apps for Mac and iOS. The native experience of developing apps on Mac is irreplaceable for me personally.

YOE: 2.5 Yr FT, 1.33 Yr Internships
Level: L62
TC: 170 (going to change to 280 from next month) so I guess extra few 100s might not really matter...

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TOP 35 Comments
  • Amazon xhbxhs
    Get a real laptop, like Dell or thinkpad.
    Aug 24 2
    • Dematic / Eng Larry Cook
      Please. Mac is an amazing laptop. Does everything very efficiently except gaming
      Aug 24
    • New / Consultant
      sugnation

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      Larry, I have two words for you: Louis Rossmann
      Aug 24
  • Walmart / Eng QTFP86
    You can wait on 16 inch but based on trend so far, donโ€™t expect much changes and as if like extra features at proportionate cost. Are you sure you want to carry 16 inch screen machine?
    Aug 24 2
    • Microsoft 12890hf
      OP
      Speaking to a friend who worked on the Mac team at apple, the physical size of the laptop will still be the same as the 15.4 inch, but the extra 0.6 inch will come from replacing the current bezel space with screen space. (my friend refused to disclose more info due to obvious reasons hence the post)
      Aug 24
    • Walmart / Eng QTFP86
      That is good to know ๐Ÿ‘
      Aug 24
  • Amazon ohjangbeum
    use a macbook pro for work.
    fans loud AF
    crashes randomly
    power management sux, sleep will shutdown

    get Lenovo w/ linux
    Aug 24 8
    • Amazon ohjangbeum
      not when u got linux
      Aug 24
    • Microsoft
      Tier 1

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      Tier 1more
      boycott the company though
      Aug 24
    • Amazon ohjangbeum
      I mean IBM worked with Nazis... I just buy best hardware. Even with windows, u can uninstall stuff.
      Aug 24
    • Amazon 3u37unw
      I had this problem too. Are you using the dock at work? The Macbooks they give us suck ass with power management and if the computer sleeps with the dock plugged in, it crashes. Just unplug the dock and it should stop.

      But I agree. Get a real pc and throw some Linux on there. Macbooks were good until Jobs kicked it.
      Aug 24
    • Amazon ohjangbeum
      Yup using the HP dock but it goes lawn mower mode on battery too w/o even doing anything strenuous.

      Having to unplug the dock if going away for a fee min is pretty inconvenient though! I think I have turned off sleep for now. Bad HP/Apple for wasting more power than necessary
      Aug 24
  • Google poorrich
    Go for the i7 model. I have both core i9 and i7 models. The core i9 with 32 GB RAM gives maximum of 1.5 hours backup with normal usage. Stay away from it. If you really need power, get a desktop. Laptops must have 4 hour plus battery life.

    Donโ€™t believe anyone saying MacBook pros are not good!
    Aug 24 4
    • Microsoft starlight1
      Are yours the 2018 or the 2019 models for i9?
      Aug 24
    • Google poorrich
      2018 - but without the battery recall issue. Had checked my serial number hoping for a recall :(
      Aug 24
    • Microsoft starlight1
      So I believe this has been resolved for 2019. In fact the i9 battery lasts longer than the i7! There are a lot of comparisons on YouTube!
      Aug 24
    • Google poorrich
      Oh cool! Upgrade time for me then !
      Aug 24
  • ๐Ÿ˜ 'Will an extra .6 inches make a difference?'
    Aug 24 1
    • Microsoft / IT ThreeDots
      Size does matter
      Aug 24
  • Intel GWGA84
    (I was broke in school so got this on a budget)

    LOL. I'm not broke right now and I still think macbooks are overpriced for what they offer.
    Aug 24 3
    • Google poorrich
      Itโ€™s really hard to put a price on peace of mind! All my windows laptops suffer from the update problems and needs frequent disk cleanups. Windows is a virus in itself.

      Linux laptops still donโ€™t have same level of compatibility and manufacturer support. These are great when things work but a b***h when they donโ€™t.

      MacBook just works for 99% use cases.
      Aug 24
    • Intel GWGA84
      I've had only windows laptops and I've never had a single problem. 100% happy, and for a fraction of the price.

      My latest one is a HP Envy 17" touch screen with i7, 16GB ram, 500GB disk space, nvidia graphics card.
      Aug 24
    • Google poorrich
      Magical! How did you survive with 500GB disk?
      Aug 24
  • F5 Networks / Eng !false
    Congrats on the 280 move! Where you headed to?
    Aug 24 3
    • Microsoft 12890hf
      OP
      Stealth startup run by a guy who's worth $ 4 bil. That's as much of an info I can share. Sorry! So the 280 k comprises of paper money which can be traded for cash at certain intervals.
      Aug 24
    • Google PCBro
      Does the start-up rhyme with kitchen?
      Aug 24
    • Microsoft 12890hf
      OP
      LOL :') Does that answer your question?
      Aug 24
  • Chase
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    I came here just to tell you I hate that you put โ€œ?!โ€ In your title. Stop.
    Aug 24 1
    • Microsoft 12890hf
      OP
      I'll change it just for you <3
      Aug 24
  • Dematic / Eng Larry Cook
    Wait for 16 inches and then buy this i9 when prices go down if the new ones are disappointing
    Aug 24 1
    • Google poorrich
      I have Corei9 and the battery sucks! Never buy again.
      Aug 24
  • Microsoft / IT ThreeDots
    If u are into multimedia editing ... It's worth to have that extra bit if screen
    Aug 24 0