Back to Mac — Why I Choose the 2019 MacBook Pro

Ken Wang
Ken Wang
May 24, 2019 · 9 min read
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Source: Apple

The Incident

A group of professional thieves smashed my car while I was hiking at Devil’s Slide in Pacifica along California Highway 1. I lost my recently purchased Surface Pro 6, Bose Headphones, AirPods, and various essential items.

Devil’s Slide in Pacifica along California Highway 1

Replacing Surface Pro 6 is Hard

I could always buy the same Surface Pro 6 i5/8GB/256GB configuration with my favorite cobalt signature keyboard and excellent surface pen. After all, I did my research before purchasing the Surface Pro and had been happy with it ever since.

  1. The tablet mode is just useless.
  2. There is no official YouTube support in the tablet mode, and the Netflix tablet app was not good.
  3. The kickstand has to be extended to cover a relatively large area on the table to support a comfortable viewing angle and is bad in smaller coffee shops.
  4. Windows platform does not have my favorite iOS / OS X apps such as Garage Band, Pixelmator, Final Cut Pro, etc.
  5. There is a way to access iCloud photos and documents using the iCloud tools or website, but the process is cumbersome.
  6. Windows UI is pretty optimized at this point, but there are still some lags here and there. Sometimes, touch screen support is bad.
  7. Bash on Windows was tremendous, and it would become even better with the full Linux kernel support and the new Terminal. However, any GUI based Linux app still requires custom X Window setup and native GPU hardware acceleration is not there.

The $329 iPad is the best iPad

Surface Pro is a good compromise between laptop and tablet. However, I still prefer a decent laptop in traditional form. At the same time, I often used my iPad Air 2 for video consumption and reading before trading it in. Besides, I have been using the iPad Air 2 and laptop combo for many years since college, so I am happy to try it out again.

Austin Evans recommends iPad 9.7 6th Generation for most people

Brief Experience with OnePlus 7 Pro

As a side note, I ordered the OnePlus 7 Pro before the incident happened. I developed Android OS framework professionally in the past and have used Motorola Moto X, Nexus 6P, and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but Android has improved since then, and I wanted to experience them. My plan was to avoid the next upgrade to the new iPhone when it comes out if the OnePlus 7 Pro gets the job done.

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Windows Laptop Alternative

The Surface Laptop is a decent alternative, but I would prefer to have a USB Type C port this time.

Back To Mac

I have been thinking about getting an additional Mac as soon as I switched to Windows. Practically, I have lots of project files for applications on OS X, and there is just no replacement for iMovie, Garage Band, and many Mac applications. Not to mention the OS X UI, iMessage support, iCloud Photos, Apple Watch unlock, and encryptions always make me want to switch back.

2019 15-inch MacBook Pro

The last MacBook Pro I truly enjoyed was the 2012 15-inch MacBook Pro. It got me through college and was able to handle any workload ranging from Final Cut Pro to training SVM models. It was one of the last Apple computers with Nvidia and CUDA support and offered great port selections and a decent keyboard.

  1. Nvidia graphics card support
  2. Port selection
  3. Reasonable thermal management for high-end CPUs to allow consistent TurboBoosting.
One of the first 2019 MacBook Pro 8 Core reviews indicated reasonable thermal performance.
  1. 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
  2. Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4G of HBM2 memory
  3. 512GB SSD storage
  1. It will further help offload some of the CPU tasks to mitigate the CPU thermal issue.
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Source: Apple Insider

Be inspired again

I would never go into video editing without a Mac and met many other inspirational people along the way. Professionally, Apple also enabled me to become a Software Developer who appreciates humanity, arts, design, and human-machine interaction. The iLife and iWork suite was part of my high school and should continue to be part of my life. Leaving Aperture was sad but long live Final Cut Pro.

Update 5/4/2019 4:55 PM

I ordered the 15-inch 8-Core MacBook Pro at 2:36 PM today and selected Same Day Two-hour delivery offered by Apple with a $9 delivery fee. I was surprised to see this option because the last major Apple purchased I made required me to stand in line early in the morning at the Stanford Shopping Center.

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