Last year’s update of the MacBook Pro left satisfied customers, but at least Apple addressed many points of criticism and eliminated them with the current 14 and 16-inch models of the professional laptop. But we’re far from perfectly happy, there are still one or two things that the MacBook Pro still can’t do.
An analysis by Sven Kaulfuss.
For Apple it is current MacBook Pro a complete success, maybe even a little too successful. After all, even months after the product launch, customers still have to long order times accept. Anyone who buys today will only actually be supplied in a few weeks.
MacBook Pro: 5 things Apple should fix
But the current models with 14 and 16 inch displays are not perfect. Fortunately, Apple has given the notebooks some practical connections, installed the best displays and the fastest chips, but there is still room for improvement. Let’s open the wishlist and get started.
Professionals would like a wired connection to their home network, but unfortunately that’s no longer available with the MacBook Pro. Why? There is simply not enough space for an Ethernet connection. But Apple didn’t have a solution like the iMac able to offer? As a reminder: the Ethernet port is integrated into the power supply there – quite clever. Not so with the MacBook Pro, here you have to use an adapter or docking station. Aggravating.
Without a doubt a wonderful notebook, but even a current MacBook Pro is not perfect:
For years, customers have wanted a MacBook with an integrated cellular connection, but Apple just doesn’t listen and still forces tethering with the iPhone. Alternatively, you have to use a mobile LTE router. However, everything would be much easier if we could just pop in a SIM and start surfing at contemporary 5G speeds. It should be possible, with the iPad it’s also possible without any problems.
Better HDMI connection:
Thanks Apple for that HDMI connection in the MacBook Pro, but why do you use the older 2.0 standard? HDMI 2.1 is more current and this would have another advantage. Currently, the MacBook Pro only supports an external refresh rate of a meager 60 Hz for 4K displays – a limitation of the older HDMI standard. However, version 2.1 also enables faster image generation at 120 Hzbut unfortunately it’s only on the internal display, not on the external 4K displays on the MacBook Pro.
Faster SD cards:
Also the return of the slot for SD cards the MacBook Pro was well received. Unfortunately, as with HDMI, Apple did not opt for the fastest standard. So you have to do without support for UHS-III and thus transfer rates of up to 624 MB per second. There’s UHS-II for that, but unfortunately even this card standard is limited in the MacBook Pro – instead of the hoped-for 312 MB per second, the data rushes over at a maximum of 250 MB per second. weak, right?
In recent months, the better Wi-Fi 6E has been supported by more and more manufacturers, such as the Google Pixel 6 and even that Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra called. And numerous routers with this feature have been available since 2021. But Apple ignored the development and has to give up support.
At some point there might even be a MacBook like this:
For the next MacBook Pro…
In summary: For a “MacBook Pro 2023” apart from new chips, there are still a lot of other improvements that Apple could introduce relatively easily. Switching to a more open hardware platform would certainly be much more tedious. Just imagine being able to expand RAM and flash memory just like that as a customer. But we’re afraid there won’t be that much “retro” at Apple in the future either.
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