Jumping out the Window(s) into the Apple Tree

After months of consideration and thought, I finally left my windows machine behind and make the leap into #AppleLife. Right off the deep end I went with the 15" MBP with touch bar.

One small step out of the store, one big hit to my wallet

But how does that make you feel?

I have heard many different viewpoints around the touch bar edition. This has really added to my hesitation. Here are some main areas I had concerns and how I feel after my first few days of use.

For reference as I elaborate below.

Keyboard

The new keyboard really takes some getting use to. One thing many warned me was the minimal feedback and sensitive, while this is quite different it becomes second hat quickly. On the other hand, the “clicky-ness” of keyboard can be quite frustrating. Final nit would be the size of the up and down arrows compared to all other keys.

Trackpad

This is one thing I actually heard very little about. The trackpad is HUGE! For comparison it is the close to double the size of my Nexus 5X. This has only been a minimal issue though, as the palm detection has been superb. My issue with it really is paired with the sensitive keyboard, I have no place to rest my hands.

Touch bar

Unpopular opinion time: I LOVE the touch bar! Well, I don’t use it all that much, but the sliders are so fun. Its ability to adapt to context and customizations is solid. The only grief I have with it is the dreaded escape key. It has been properly available and I have continue to premature touch it when attempting to hover over it.

Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)

I was actually slightly excited about since I have a Nexus 5X, however it didn’t live up to expectations (no rapid charge). This also meant the deprecation of MagSafe, which I am still looking to find a compromise.

Formfactor

Much slimmer and lighter overall compared to my work 2015 15" MBP. So much so that when backpacking it, I thought I left it at home.

Conclusion

After my initial heart attack ended and my unboxing began, I have continued to feel better and better about this purchase. It is still really early, but I expect a long friendship beginning.

I tend to be very minimal, but would love some recommendations for applications, tools, adapters, dongles, or tips/trick, please reach out to me in the comments or on twitter (@kylewelch).


Kyle Welch is a senior developer with 10+ years of experience building, leading, and consulting on a wide variety of projects. His background includes work in the finance, product, marketing, and government industries. Currently, Kyle leads the front end team at the National Federation of Independent Business where he creates web applications with ReactJS. Outside of work he helps organize a local ReactJS meetup. Find him on twitter, @kylewelch, where he talks about JavaScript, ReactJS, and other programming adventures.

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