As Rohan pointed out last week, Apple recently discontinued the production and sale of the white MacBook (not “MacBook Pro”, just “MacBook”) notebook computer amidst the official release of OS X Lion and the unveiling of the company’s new hardware offerings. While some people are critical of this move on Apple’s part, I must say that it really was about time for the MacBook to fade away. That said, Apple has done quite a bit in terms of hardware in the last few years and the need for the baseline laptop really was small. With the more mobile-friendly iPad starting at half of the price of the MacBook white and the MacBook Air sitting pretty at the same price point as the now defunct white MacBook prospective buyers have enough options for Apple to no longer need to offer the MacBook.
While that’s fine and dandy, the removal of the MacBook from Apple’s product line leaves one loose string. The MacBook Pro. You see, when Apple was still selling the plastic unibody MacBook, the MacBook Pro was a very logical name choice for higher end product. But with the plastic unibody computers now off the market it really does seem pointless for Apple to have a “Pro” version of a product line that doesn’t have a baseline product.
Two weeks ago today, something new made its way into my life. The world seems a bit brighter, and I suddenly have a new reason to get up in the morning. No, I’m not dating anyone. No, I didn’t find religion. And no, it’s not daylight savings time. I did, however, receive a new MacBook Pro – the first Macintosh computer that I have ever owned. Now, after two weeks of working with this device, I’ve decided to go ahead and write a review of this recently released device.
Now, if you’re following my work here on BestTechie, you may know that I recently shared my opinion on Mac OS X having come from a Windows and Linux background. While that review does go hand-in-hand with this one to a certain extent, I do feel the need to point out that this particular article is in review of the device itself and not the actual operating system. That is, the likes and dislikes that I am going to express in this article are entirely independent of OS X itself and would be exactly the same in the event that I opted to install Windows or Linux on the MacBook Pro. And don’t let my clever introduction fool you; I’ve definitely found a few flaws.