I have worked for Apple for fourteen years. In my time I have seen the release of more products than I can count. My experience has taken me to not only share and present these new products to the public but also learn and experience them for myself. By every legal definition, I am an expert witnesss when it comes to Apple, training, and our products.
Over these many years, I also have come to understand not only what and how Apple functions but why we do what we do. And to be totally transparent, I can not share almost any of my deep knowledge. Most of what I can share may sound like a Apple-rumor-junkie's five course meal but there is and infinite amount of information I can not share.
But to be perfectly clear, I'm not writing on behalf of Apple. I am not reviewing either positively or negatively Apple products. And I not being paid to write this. This is not an official press release from Apple, Inc. This is an article about accuracy, history, research, and Apple's MacBook Pro is just a fine example for the purposes of my writing.
Anyone who knows me will testify that I am a rational and logical person; some might argue excessively logical. I also care very much for justice, science, history, and the context surrounding events for this give one that rational when it comes to why thing are the way they are. And part of why these thing are so valuable and virtuous become apparently when discussing and formulating one's opinions or arguement for said discussions. Further, those who know me also know I don't for opinions thing I know little or nothing about but ask questions in such a conversation.
When the 2016 model of the MacBook Pro was released, Apple received a lot of heat because it had no "legacy" ports but only new USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) ports. As a colleague of mine has mentioned to many people, "it is the first port to do everything." It serves power, video output, I/O, high speeds, reversible port, small, and overall highly functions. What used to be five, six, seven ports, is not a single port with many functions. So a couple of dongles while we wait for all other devices to follow suit is not a big deal. Incidentally, people have needed adapters over the years for all sorts of things: DVI to VGA, Thunderbolt to FireWire, etc.
On the other hand, another one of the biggest criticisms of the 2016 MacBookPro was the use of the Skylake processor (Intel's 6th generation Core processor.) "This isn't a pro machine," they said. "Why did they put such old technology in these laptops," they cried.
At WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference), a new generation MacBook Pro was announced using the 7th generation Intel Core processor known as Kaby Lake. A colleague a few days later asked, "Why didn't they just do that from the beginning?"
While I'm not about to spew the "fake news!" one-liner vitriol of current politics, I do heavily criticize tech blogs and rumor sites of the internet because they are full of mistakes, bias, lack of cited sources, and in some cases, just amateur tech-nobodies with little knowledge or understanding.
But here is my one-liner: When the MacBook Pro 2016 was designed, produced, and shipped, there was no mobile, quad-core configuration of the Kaby Lake processor.
That's it. But you didn't hear that from the tech blogs. You didn't hear that from the "Apple is failing" or the "No innovation at Apple" crowd. You hear it here, from Adrian Galli, who took three minutes to ask, "Yeah, why did Apple not use Kaby Lake? Let's find out," and visited Intel's website to find out more.