Got Mac? Of course, you do. Got a Mac notebook? Apple says more than 80-percent of Macs sold these days are notebooks. Unless Apple introduces an entry-level MacBook running an Apple-designed A-series Bionic CPU inside, my next Mac likely will be a MacBook Pro.
What’s not to like? Portability, power, macOS. What’s not to like? How about this list of must-have items I think the next generation Mac needs?
Macs get better every year, and while they may be the most expensive major notebook line, Apple still basks in record Mac sales, almost year after year. What does my next Mac need that a Mac today does not have?
Face ID – Yes, Touch ID is good, but Apple needs to segregate the entry-level models from the pro models, and the easiest way to do that is the way iPad Pro does it vs. general vanilla iPad. Face ID. More power. Better display. You see where this is going, right? Face ID is a must. What is taking so long, Apple?
Removable RAM – My rule of thumb these days is to recommend than Mac customers buy the most RAM and storage they can afford. RAM still isn’t cheap, so if Apple is cheap and doesn’t want to load up a Mac with a proper amount of RAM, the company should at least give us the option of adding more RAM if we want. I want.
Removable SSD Storage – Like RAM, SSD storage should be user-replaceable. If a Mac notebook comes with 500GB SSD storage and you find you need more, then that shouldn’t cost you a new Mac. Pop open the case, pop out the old SSD, add the new SSD, close the case. Case closed.
Removable Battery – Have you seen a Mac notebook battery in recent years? They come in pieces that are connected like some sort of digital lasagna or Pop-Tarts left under a sofa for a few years. Worse, you need an engineering degree to open the Mac, figure out where all the electrical parts disconnect, and then walk through a video of instructions to do the deed. Make it easy, Apple.
Removable Keyboard – Apple cut off Jonny Ive’s nose to spite his face with the butterfly keyboard designed. You remember that one, right? Thinner and lighter and prettier but it couldn’t stand a microscopic speck of dirt and a
repair replacement was half the price of a new notebook. The next-generation Mac notebook needs a keyboard that can be swapped out if it goes bad.
Touchscreen – No, macOS Catalina is not touchscreen-friendly, but it could be. A whole generation of humans are growing up with Chromebooks and Windows PC notebooks with touchscreens, so Apple needs to get on the touchscreen bandwagon with macOS. No, that won’t make it an iPad, but it will make it more user-friendly for people with keyboard phobias.
I could ask Apple to get rid of the Touch Bar but after using it awhile I understand why it’s there. It’s still Function keys that are customized for each app. Switch to a different app and get more functions tailored for that app.
Yes, we all want thinner, lighter, faster, blah blah blad, but with iPhone 11 Pro Apple showed us we could get thicker and heavier and longer battery life and be happy about it.