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Apple has fixed the backlog of MacBook Pro problems – returning the normal keyboard, removing the Touch Bar and diversifying the ports

At yesterday’s event, Apple unveiled two new MacBook Pro laptops – options with 14- and 16-inch displays. In the new products, the company finally took into account the wishes of users and got rid of some unclaimed functions and features that were present in the Pro-series since 2016, and also changed the charging configuration of the older model.

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MacBook Pros have had butterfly keyboards for generations, ultra-universal USB Type-C ports, and Touch Bar replacement function keys. Many did not like these features, and Apple got rid of some of them in new laptops. This was probably due to the fact that between 2017 and 2020, there was most of the time zero or negative growth in sales of the MacBook Pro series.

In the latest generations of Apple professional laptops, which had only USB Type-C, special adapters were required to connect peripherals, that is, displays, memory cards and even banal flash drives, which cost a lot. The new models also feature the industry standard USB Type-C interface, but they also offer HDMI ports for connecting external displays and an SD card slot. Apple also brought back the beloved MagSafe magnetic power connector, only in a new, third version.

Another important fix is ​​the keyboard. For many years, Apple has promoted butterfly keyboards that are thinner but unreliable and break easily even with simple dust. It is noteworthy that Apple still repairs keyboards of this type for free and the company even had to answer in court in a class action lawsuit related to their performance. But the newer MacBook Pros use a more traditional Magic Keyboard, similar to the one that comes with Apple desktops.

Many users will also appreciate the return of a row of function keys instead of the Touch Bar above the keyboard. Nevertheless, when working with many applications, it is convenient to use keyboard shortcuts or shortcuts hardwired into the F1-F12 keys. The touchpad, while offering a new experience, made it impossible to press keys in the blind, to which many are accustomed.

Intel processors in older MacBook Pros regularly overheated. Now, instead of Intel chips, Apple’s own M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets are used. They are more energy efficient and run cooler, and Apple claims they perform better than Intel products.

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Particular attention should be paid to the new type of charging. Older versions of the MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display received 140W charging, which allows you to replenish the battery from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes. The charging itself allows you to use both USB Type-C and MagSafe 3. The adapter is available on sale and separately – without the cable included, it costs $ 99.

It is likely that more budget and mainstream Apple laptops will also change. The MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro are now equipped with Apple M1 chips, but neither has MagSafe 3, HDMI, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a Touch Bar.

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