<p>I’m starting a new habit today. Whenever Apple releases something new, I want to ask the question, “Who needs this thing, anyway?” Seeing as most web chatter surrounding a new product is filled with speed comparison charts and tech spec lists, I think my clients would benefit more by a small word on whether or not this product is relevant to their needs. First up in this new habit is Apple's next generation of the flagship Mac, the MacBook Pro.</p>
First of all, let's just admit that 90% of consumers don’t need the power of a MacBook Pro. These things are the Ferrari of laptops. Apple designs the MacBook Pro for the HD videographer, professional photographer, and trust-fund sponsored gamer. It is a mobile monster, especially when in the hands of one who knows how to rev it.
The casual, non-nerd spends their time in Safari, Mail, and iPhoto. These apps don’t need the might and furry of a MacBook Pro. If you don’t consider yourself a power-user and are in need of a laptop, I suggest either going to the benefits of a MacBook Air, or saving some cash at the white MacBook.
That being said, I know many “normal” folks feel the need for a 15” screen. Either poor eyesight or constant text-based research necessitates the additional real-estate. And the sad truth is that as of right now, Apple’s only option for a large screen is with the MacBook Pro. (My hope is that in the future, Apple will release a larger MacBook Air.)
Do you think this is a fair opinion? Let me know in the comments if you know of a justification for the non-nerd to purchase a Pro. Thanks for reading!
I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister; Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.