Apple’s new MacBook Pro has some important features


Updated 10 August below, the post was originally published on 8 August.

It’s only natural that geekerati are excited around Apple’s move to ARM-based processors. The first MacBooks with new technology are expected to arrive later this year. While there will be a marketing push (I’m expecting something along the lines of “lighter machines, more power and longer battery life”), normal consumers will likely compare MacOS laptops with Windows 10 laptops.

August 9 update: An area where Apple has already shown signs of improvement in the Mac platform. Last week saw an update for Intel-powered iMac. With a general bump in specs for memory, storage, and processor, FaceTime Camera – Apple’s magical name for a webcam – became the first song to grow from 720p to 1080p. With the rise of conference call and online chat due to Kovid-19 fuel lockdown, Having the best webcam possible is important.

It seems that the next MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models will ship with the same advanced webcam, According to noted Apple commentator @Lomiya_kj on Twitter. Apple’s offer of 720p laptop webcams was already weak before the coronovirus epidemic, but the direction of working from home has brought it into focus. An update is clearly required.

But the Windows ecosystem has a distinct advantage. Perhaps Tim Cook’s team needs to focus on Panos Panay’s surface team and the technology they’ve built over the years? Touch Screen.

August 10 update: One of Apple’s advantages is that rightly or wrongly, it is seen as pushing the envelope in terms of design and features. This is why the touchscreen seems to be lacking on the MacBook range. Not everyone agrees. Building on the public beta release of MacOS 11 Big Sur, Bill Thomas for TechRadar The touchscreen argues against the Mac:

“This extends even further with MacOS 11 Big Sur, with Apple claiming that every iOS app will be compatible with your Mac, which is certainly huge. Add a shift to Apple Silicon later this year, and a larger The shift is .The way the Macs operate, even though functionally they would serve the same purpose.

“But it’s more than just app compatibility here. The UI of MacOS Big Sur brings a ton of inspiration from iOS’s design philosophy. It’s something of concern for anyone with a flashback to the Windows 8 desktop and mobile design wedding. Can cause, but there is one. Keep in mind: there still won’t be touchscreen Macs. “

Personally I think the iOS philosophy argues for touchscreens.

It is popular in the Windows 10 powered laptop market. Although Windows 10 runs silently happily without it, the addition of a touchscreen adds functionality to Windows 10, though it is never demanded. Microsoft has already traveled down the road to a desk-bound OS built around touch as a primary interface (hello Windows 8), and thankfully Windows 10 balances the needs of both camps.

Looking at the options Microsoft has chosen for its Surface hardware, and you can see the direction that company manufacturers should consider. The all-in move for Windows 8 on a touchscreen tablet in the original Surface (nee Surface with Windows RT) was both ambitious in vision, but lacked the foundation for a smooth transition.

Most of the problems are used in Windows RT, a type of Windows 8 designed for 32-bit ARM devices. This requires applications to be minimally recompiled through the Windows Store and for consideration for a new platform and new touch interface. A handful of devices were released, but Microsoft’s vision of the ARM ecosystem was little more than the vision it suddenly saw.

Roll the clock forward, and you have Windows 10, which brings back most of the classic Windows interfaces, enough to run old apps as well as new apps taking advantage of Windows 10’s new UI elements and touchscreen support. is.

Touchscreens are now widely accepted as part of the Windows ecosystem. Manufacturers can offer options with and without an interface, but this is an accepted part of a high-end laptop. And this is a part of the laptop experience that MacBook fans have long wanted.

This is not to say that Apple will not decide to bring touchscreens for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. So far, MacOS has been built around a keyboard and mouse – it is possible to have a touchscreen that mimics mouse clicks, but this means a lot of UIs will need to be re-engineered for larger surface area Finger required

MacOS 11 is moving towards an interface that is more iOS and iPad-like, along with a confluence of code that Tim Cook and his team hope for more developers for the Mac platform to switch to ARM and Will bring the application. If so, there is a very strong argument for adding a touchscreen to the next generation MacBook that will start with Apple’s new processor.

Adding the touch screen to the new MacBook will bolster the idea that the new Macs are capable and capable laptops, at least outside of Apple’s Geekarti.

At which point the key will be how Apple deals with legacy applications.

Just as Microsoft’s Windows 10 on the ARM project has built a better foundation for legacy applications (especially when you look at RT), Apple will be working behind the scenes to make it easier. Still, anyone wishing to move to an ARM-powered Mac will keep a careful eye on their critical applications and if they jump the same as Apple’s processors.

Now read why Apple’s new MacBooks are a threat to Google’s Chromebooks …

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