I am a 70’s baby that grew up with the Apple ][ in the 80’s and the mac ever since. Typing this on a 2007 17-inch MBP (santa rosa). I really wanted to upgrade to a new MBP since as you might guess my LunchTrayDeluxe is getting fairly long in the tooth. The touch bar might be an amazing path forward, especially if Apple puts some of those AI dollars to make the bar predictive (anything clicked brings up the most appropriate options on the bar and it learns what you want on an application-specific basis). I don’t want a touchscreen mac, i don’t think my shoulders can take 600 lifts per day to touch the screen. I am concerned that the huge premium Apple is charging is going to lose customers. I paid $2399 for my 2007 17-inch MBP, it has been upgraded many times, 6 GB RAM, multiple HD/SSHD, and that is why it has lasted so long. Without the ability to do upgrades in the newer machines, the long term value is lost. For what I do (science), the machine I have does the job, but it is a bit slow and I’d like to upgrade. I just can’t pull the trigger on this because I can’t guarentee that going forward I can keep the machine up to date like I have with previous MBP’s. I suppose I will be keeping this one until it dies, then make the big decision: MBP or iPP? With this latest crop of MBPs, it seems Apple wants everyone to move to the iPad. But iOS doesn’t support inter-application controls like i need (EndNote inside MS Word) so i am screwed.
I think this is one of those situations where marketing realized that if it *really* cost an extra $500 to put a touchbar on these machines, perhaps they should have subsidized the cost with some of those quarter billion dollas.
Going forward though, maybe a touchbar on the bezel of an iPad would make for a good menubar for pull-down menus?