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13 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye to 2015 MacBook Pro”

  1. As you know, I’ve been on the mid-2015 MBP, and I too upgraded at the same time as you did. 🙂

    The reason why I replaced mine was due to a screen damage that my device had suffered (I tend to be a rough user, you know 🙁 ), but it’s totally sturdy even now. That being said, I’m totally in love with the 2017 MBP!

    And I agree with you – MacBook Pro’s are THE best portable laptops in the market now. IMHO, no other laptop can ever beat them on the performance side (especially for work purpose). I’m not sure if I’d have the same level of productivity or comfort, on a Windows laptop – because the Mac is just… awesome by all means!

    Needless to say, loved reading your post. Keep writing, buddy!

    1. I agree. Hardcore Windows fans may have something to say here… but you know we love Macs anyway! Macs don’t always come with the highest specifications, but the optimization of the software to take the best advantage of every bit of the hardware is just amazing.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. I’m also on a mid-2015 MBP 15″; I love that extra screen size! I’m nervous about the switch when it’ll be my turn to upgrade, though, in a few months. I’m now sure about the larger trackpad size (will it be helpful or a hindrance? Will I rub against it accidentally all the time?), and I worry about the port changes. I think I’ll miss the magsafe a lot, too. Can you speak to these concerns, and whether you feel they’re warranted or not, now that you have the new one?

    1. I’ll be publishing a non-technical review of my new Mac sometime this month, so you should definitely check that out. For now, I’ll answer about your concerns.

      The trackpad definitely is large. It looks and feels huge, but to this day (from the GM), it hasn’t hindered my work at all. You will certainly touch the trackpad while typing, but the palm rejection when typing is good enough to avoid accidental click or cursor movement. I type at about 90wpm and never had an issue with the trackpad.

      The keyboard, however, takes some time getting used to. You’ll miss a lot of keys in the beginning. The good news is, once you do get used to it, it feels faster because of the less travel. It still has the clicky tactile feedback. The key presses are a bit noisy, though.

      Port change is certainly an inconvenience, but it’s not as bad as the media and people on social media suggest. You do need a couple of dongles, and I suggest getting a couple of Aukey USB 3.0 A to C Adapter in addition to the Apple dongle (AV). You’ll need to carry them with you, but that’s about it. I’ve seamlessly transferred files from SD card to an external HDD using adapters, and it didn’t look that bad. Just make sure to keep the dongles with your Mac at all times and you’ll be good.

      The magsafe will be missed. Unfortunately, there’s no getting around that.

      I’m not sure if Macs will get anything new (in a major way) in a few months except for a spec bump, so I think you’ll grow to love it too when you get it!

      Let me know if you have any further questions. It’ll be great to add them to my upcoming review of the laptop. 😀

  3. You’ll miss a lot of keys in the beginning.

    Do you mean, the top row? I use the volume & mute and display brightness keys often; I don’t use any others ever, so if I can adapt the touch barto have those easily accessible, then I’ll be ok.

    Or do you mean other keys elsewhere on the keyboard?

    1. You’ll need to look down to change volume and display brightness which might be a change for you, but I meant about the entire keyboard. The key mechanism is different from the 2015 models, so it feels slightly strange when typing on it for the first few times. Basically, the key travels a lot less than they do on your current Mac. So it feels weird. But it does get better over time.

    2. Aaaand I just realized how “You’ll miss keys” was confusing. Sorry about that. I meant to say you may mistype because of the change in keyboard. 😛

  4. Thanks for the sharing your thoughts, AI.

    Yeah, I too like 15″ screen versus 13″.

    My mid-2015 A8c MBP I bought in May 2016 is still going great. I could upgrade right now if I want. But I would like to use it for as long as possible. I think I should be okay with it for at least another year and half. Touchwood.

    I love to use my gadgets for as long as they can go. And the thought that I can upgrade it anytime now is great, although I don’t like to upgrade.

    I understand the feeling of being able to lay my hands on the newest gadgets. I got over that feeling over the last many years and now “matured” to realize that it is not the gadget itself, but what you do with it makes your cooler 😀

    1. I like to upgrade when there’s a significant difference between what I’m using now and what’s available. This does not apply to everything that I use. For example, I’m still rocking an iPhone 6s and have no immediate plans to upgrade. But I did enjoy a significant increase in performance after the upgrade to the new MBP, more so recently now that I installed everything from scratch after a system reset.

      The purpose of getting and wanting to get my hands on the latest gadgets has less to do with “looking/being cool” and more to do with the fact that I love using what’s latest as a tech enthusiast. Doesn’t mean anybody who doesn’t use the latest gadget is not a tech enthusiast, it just means that’s who I am. I’m more of a gadget lover than most people are, and there are people who beat even me by getting every available upgrade there is.

      I don’t think I’ll ever be “mature” to stop loving/wanting to get my hands on the latest tech whenever it makes sense to me, and I’m okay with it. 🙂

    1. I don’t think you are. 😉 As I wrote in this comment, 2015 MacBook Pros are still very, very capable and I’m sure they will remain so for the next few years as well.

      Welcome to the Mac world, by the way!

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