New MacBook Pros are here! Which means that, unfortunately, it’s time to say goodbye to some older models − 2015 version of the MacBook Pro, we’re thinking of you.
While normally we wouldn’t lament the passing of an old model (who cares about outdated laptops right?), the specific design decisions that were taken with the 2016 MacBook Pro mean that there’ll be some people outraged at the disappearance of the old models.
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For one thing, the 2015 model was the last to feature a full complement of ports, including a pair of Thunderbolt 2 connectors, two USB 3s, a headphone jack(!), SDXC card slot and an HDMI port.
Every MacBook since has had between two and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Sure it’s a more efficient way of providing everything above, but it does mean relying on dongles if you want to quickly plug in a pair of headphones to listen to some sweet jams.
And that’s before we even start to talk about the keyboards of the recent models.
I’m not even concerned about the fact that the new ‘Butterfly’ keyboards are prone to breaking to the extent that Apple is offering a free repair service, I just don’t think they feel as good as the old ones.
This obviously won’t be the end of the old models. Apple’s laptops have historically been built like tanks and will happily run for years if they’re treated well.
No doubt we’ll see 2015 MacBook Pros continue to be sold as second hand models, hopefully not at inflated prices by people demanding the extra ports and old-fashioned keyboard of the older model.
Which do you prefer, the old or new design? Let us know @TrustedReviews.