A few Apple executives told Joanna Stern from the Wall Street Journal about the most important ones and talked about missing features of the new MacBook Pro – Face ID and a touchscreen display. Here’s what they had to say.
Since the introduction of Face ID with the iPhone X, Apple fans have always wondered when the feature will be coming to Macs. Earlier this year reports suggested Apple might follow suit, but when the new MacBook Pros didn’t support FaceID, the discussion returned to the mainstream.
Tom Boger, Apple’s VP of iPad and Mac Product Marketing, addressed this issue. The Touch ID sensor is located in the upper right corner and allows users to authenticate login with just a tap.
Another controversial topic was the addition of touchscreen displays in Macs. The popular belief is that if Macs were given touch capabilities, they would cannibalize iPad sales. John Ternus, Apple’s Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, said: “We make the best touch computer in the world on an iPad. It is completely optimized for this. And the Mac is completely optimized for indirect input. We didn’t really feel any reason to change that. “
Related to other questions about the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, Ternus and Boger said that both models have RAM that cannot be upgraded by the user in the future. They also said that Apple Silicon’s Unified Memory Architecture (UMA) unlocks better performance on Macs with Apple chips and that those levels of performance would be unattainable without UMA.
The design changes on the new MacBook Pros include, in particular, the reintroduction of connectivity ports like HDMI and MagSafe, which have been sorely missed since the redesign in 2016. On the new models, Apple also removed the touch bar to bring back a traditional set of function keys.
Boger said Apple reversed its 2016 design decisions because it always “listened to its customers.”
“We’re always listening to our customers, and with this new line of MacBook Pros, we’ve decided to make some changes as we do a lot on the Mac,” he said.
Apple clearly believed that having a huge bathtub notch on the MacBook Pro’s display didn’t justify including Face ID, although that was a feature in high demand and consumers were hopeful. It looks like our hands are on the Mac keyboard, but our faces are not in front of the screen when we are using them. According to this logic, even the iPads should only have one Touch ID, since we hold the device to use it.
Sarcasm aside, Apple’s strategy of ditching touch input on the $ 4,000 MacBook Pro is deliberate and a classic Apple move. We’re hardly surprised Apple admitted this. There are no surprises with the non-upgradeable memory either. It’s probably soldered to the motherboard.
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