When Apple first released the new MacBook in 2015, it was all compromises, with underpowered Intel processors, terrible keyboard and trackpad, and only a single USB-C port. Today, Apple updated that MacBook. And it ships with underpowered Intel processors, terrible keyboard and trackpad, and only a single USB-C port.
Ouch. Interestingly, or not, I’ve been thinking about purchasing one of the new MacBooks. For me, the single USB-C port would be my only concern. Regarding the “underpowered Intel processors”, according to some of these redditors, they’re not underpowered at all.
I have the 1.3 GHz model, and I run various games, ffmpeg, building in Xcode (actually writing a 3D rendering engine in Swift/Metal), handles it all just fine. Gets hot to the touch but not as hot as my old MacBook Air. This thing’s a little beast, don’t underestimate it.
I use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign on a regular basis, no problem at all even with a pretty layered file. Multiple safari tabs constantly open. I got the 1.3 Ghz with 256 SSD. As someone said, don’t underestimate it, it’s an incredible piece of kit.
If I were to purchase one, I’d mainly be using it for web development work, so I think it would be powerful enough. That said, I will need it to run the odd Linux VM, so maybe I should do some more research.