If you're going to college soon and need a new MacBook, choose carefully between the Pro and the Air. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is a great choice if your student workload will involve some intensive operations like video-editing, gaming, rendering, etc. But for the majority of majors, the new 2020 MacBook Air will get the job done at a more affordable price. Plus, on the recent models, the keyboards have been fixed!
Tanner is looking for a computer for college. He's thinking about buying the new MacBook Air. Leo says the Mac Air has a redesigned keyboard and it's fixing that nagging problem of the old butterfly keyboard design. But the processor is underpowered. if you're planning on doing video editing or other labor-intensive work, Leo says the MacBook Pro is a better option. But for a student, the Air is awesome.
Jason bought a new 16" Macbook Pro. But it doesn't come with a DVD drive. Leo says that he can buy an external DVD writer with USB-C for as low as $20. And a third party reader/writer is just fine. He can buy Apple's Superdrive for $80, and Pioneer also makes one which plays blu-ray. But he will need a USB-A to USB-C adapter.
Apple recently announced a new 16" MacBook Pro, which marks the return of the 2015 mechanical keyboard, an escape key, faster processors, and a better cooling system. Leo says that it's also a little heavier and thicker with a better battery. Has Apple been chastened by consumers and are now starting to listen? Leo thinks that may be the case.
Bill has to buy a new Macbook Pro and wants to know if he should wait for the rumored 16" model, or buy the 15" now. Rich says he's in the same boat and he wants a 16" model as well. Check out the MacRumors Buyer's Guide. It's been about 123 days since the last model was released, and the average is 301 days. So it's likely he'll be waiting a while.
Mike wants to know if he should buy a MacBook Pro instead of his old MacBook Air. Or should he go to a Dell XPS laptop? Leo says it depends on what Mike is going to use his laptop for. Leo says that a MacBook Air is a great choice for doing Mike's business. But so is the MacBook Pro. Leo would recommend the 13" model for better battery life. Leo also says that the new HP Spectre 360 will be coming out in a few weeks and it'll offer all-day battery life. Thin and light. It also has the 10th-generation Intel processor.
John has a 2011 MacBook Pro that runs excellent. But he's concerned that he won't be able to update it soon. Leo says that if you can run macOS Mojave, you'll probably be OK for Catalina. One thing that could help is to put a new SSD hard drive: that'll help your Mac out. The only other thing you can do is update your battery if you can get one. Leo says there's no real reason to spend the money if you're happy with how it works, and you'll be getting security updates for at least 5 more years. So keep using it!
Amy has a MacBook Pro and she needs a new power cord. She was looking at the Apple website and it's very expensive. And unfortunately, the magnetic safe connector is proprietary, so there's not likely a third party version for cheaper. So she's thinking of trading in her MacBook for $775 and get a new one or wait and let it just die. Leo says that a lot of Pro users like Leo have kept their 2015 Macbooks because they are the last design with a decent keyboard. But 2015 models are also being recalled for a swelling battery. So Amy may want to check to see if there is a recall.
Tom wants to know if Leo is going to buy any new Apple products soon. Leo says he has learned to wait, and he's been told that Apple will be announcing new iPhones next month. He's also heard rumors of two new iPads, based on registration in the EU for new iPads. They will likely be low-cost iPads. But Leo's favorite rumor is a new MacBook Pro without the butterfly keyboard, which Apple is believed to of abandoned in favor of older scissor-style keys. If it happens, it'll be in October and he'll be buying it. So Leo advises waiting until at least next month.
Myron has the iPad Pro and he's recently bought a 13" MacBook Pro. But with Apple's new iPadOS coming, does he really need it? Leo says it depends. Leo says that it won't be equivalent to a MacBook Pro, but it will be much improved and will give you a lot more options, including connecting an external hard drive or thumb drive. But if you're just doing everyday things, the iPad is really all you need.