Apple’s opinion of it’s OS is increasingly priced in to the hardware itself. For the same price as any MBP you could buy Windows / Linux hardware that dwarfs it in terms of hardware specs. The only thing you would buy a MBP at this point for has to be the OS.
In addition to getting better specs for often a lower price, shopping Windows-based PCs would allow you a much much much much wider array of options from touch-enabled 2-in-1s, top-end gaming devices, larger display sizes, etc.
As a professional, it seems to me Apple is clearly thinking its marketing can fool people to whom a computer is not a status but a tool to accomplish work efficiently and effectively.
FYI for comparison:
15" MBP — $2,800!!!
2.7 GHz i7,
Radeon 455 (2GB RAM)
OR save $700!
MSI — $2,099!!!!
17" (larger display, 4k),
2.6 GHz i7,
16GB RAM (same),
512GB SSDb (same),
NVIDIA 1060 (6GB RAM!!!)
Buy MSI 17.3" 4K/UHD GS73VR Stealth Pro 4K-016 Intel Core i7 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060…www.newegg.com
for that same $2,800 price you could get a laptop with the top-end NVIDIA 1080 graphics card, or a GIANT SSD, or pick your poison.
Point is, at the prices they are currently asking for old hardware specs, you could do a lot better.
If you’re a pro user, Apple is basically telling you they don’t care anymore, they’ve moved on to the clueless buyer with more money than sense.