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WWDC June 2016 - Macbook Refresh

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by silvagti, 9 Apr 2016.

  1. MacRS4

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    I have a Macbook, and my opinion as to whether it's any good really comes down to what you intend to use it for.

    My main laptop is a 15" rMBP, but lugging that everywhere for meetings is a pain. Also, I travel a fair bit, and I really don't need the 15" for that.

    So, the Macbook I tend to use as a more capable iPad that's not really much heavier than one. As that, it's a great device.

    As a laptop, it's a bit of a compromise. Can just about run Windows 10 in Parallels for a bit, but that's about it.
     
  2. Somnambulist

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    It took the MacBook Air several years to really bed in - I think it had 3 soft updates before it got the redesign that really made it what it is today - I don't think this will be any different.

    Some performance indicators here:
    http://www.macrumors.com/2016/04/19/new-12-inch-macbook-benchmarks-tidbits/

    The comments about Thunderbolt 3 are ill-informed - there's no room inside for the controller currently (I'm sure I saw someone say it's bigger than the logic board of the MB lawl), although I think it's integrated into Kaby Lake so it's on the cards in a future update. Think the Core-M they use doesn't support DD4 either. It's really only the webcam that's blatantly being held back.
     
  3. MacRS4

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    As luck* would have it I picked up a 2016 unit today. The 2015 unit for me has been great, but could do with just a *bit* more compute power. Like I say, it's been a super-iPad for me, rather than a laptop.

    The specs on the new unit however made me think again - and I'm kinda pleased I did. This unit is just powerful enough to make it usable as a reasonable laptop...So far. That perception may change.

    Anyways, if anybody is even vaguely interested:

    https://youtu.be/5onC6FugUhE
     
  4. 2StepSteve

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    I'd say that the pricing is all wrong on the new Macbook.
     
  5. MacRS4

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    Meh, possibly.
     
  6. breeza

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    Really useful video thanks.
     
  7. Swagger187

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    Just returned my MacBook Pro 13" Retina after catching wind of a possible refresh of the Pro's.

    Really do hope they come along, I only used it for 2 days and thought it was a great bit of kit. But if there is a chance of getting the newer one, I will take the chance and wait a month.
     
  8. JackRegan

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    Great video. I was thinking exactly the same. How much was the cost to upgrade out of interest?

    Jack
     
  9. Somnambulist

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    Apparently Thunderbolt Display stock has dwindled right down to nothing ahead of WWDC. 5 years since they last updated it... Retina Thunderbolt Display incoming?
     
  10. ajf

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    The latest news on Macrumours suggests a replacement may not be seen until late in the year:
    http://www.macrumors.com/2016/05/23/macbook-pro-2016-oled-display-touch-bar/

    Apparently a reliable source.
    I want to replace my 13" with a 15" this year so looking forward to any major spec jumps and also anything that reduces bulk/weight - not that it is the heaviest laptop anyway.
     
  11. silvagti

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    I've just bought a new 2016 Macbook. Whilst we're waiting for the new Macbook Pro announcements can anyone recommend me a wireless mouse that will work smootly with the Macbook without the need for a dongle :confused:

    I'm not keen on the Apple mouse as it felt far too shallow and uncomfrtable. I was thinking about something like a Logitech MX Anywhere 2 which connects via bluetooth as I have a Logitech MX revolution on my desktop and it's one of my all time favourite mice.

    It's my first Mac so is there anything else to pay attention to when ordering a mouse for OSX ? Will any bluetooth mouse work OK?
     
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  12. Fallen god

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    Logitech MX Anywhere 2 or Master 2 are good shouts although a tad prices. Personally I found the logitech range awesome.

    I use the M705 but it needs a small dongle too work.
     
  13. rotor

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    Mate, the MX Master is an AMAZING mouse. I've bought 2, one for home and one for work.
     
  14. Dazzy

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    Logitech forums are full of people complaining about issues with the Mx Master Bluetooth connectivity on Mac. Seems to be an ongoing issue for a lot of people with Logitech doing nothing about it other than recommending to use the dongle rather than Bluetooth.

    Also, I found the Mac mouse / scroll wheel acceleration horrible compared to windows. Smoothmouse can fix this.
     
  15. shine

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    I use mine via Bluetooth and haven't had any of the issues reported in the Logitech forums.
     
  16. ic1male

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  17. fez

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    And thats why we have three monitors isn't it :)

    Now if only we had 3 ears
     
  18. McBain

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    No Macbook Pro then, sigh.
     
  19. Rooky007

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    Wouldn't have expected it as it a Software conference rather than Hardware
     
  20. McBain

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    It's not exactly unheard of for them to release new hardware at the WWDC.