While Apple Watch obviously took the center stage at Apple’s just concluded “Spring Forward” event, the Cupertino-giant made sure, that its new, refreshed MacBook too took a bit of the limelight. And so it did, but probably not for all the right reasons.
The better announcement along with the new MacBook, is the realization of a dream, which Steve Jobs saw years ago, but failed to work upon. When Jobs dreamt of a mice, with just one-click, the world thought otherwise, thus forcing the Cupertino giant and its visionary founder, to add the control+click feature.
But as Apple unveiled the next-gen MacBook, it also re-asserted the fact that Steve Jobs continues to drive Apple’s hardware philosophy. The new Macbook now has just one complete glass surface, called the trackpad, which does all your left click, right clicks and gestures.
The new feature, called the Force Touch, works on the pressure you apply upon clicking. If you press it gently (the usual way), it works as your usual MacBook click. But if you hard-press it, it brings up the functions menu, which used to come up with the right click on earlier MacBooks.
Apart from resistance and pressure sensors, there’s also the tactile feedback feature, adding even more human-computer interaction to the process of clicking on the screen.
While the removal of right-click may go down well with Mac owners, there’s one announcement which may irk uo the same owners, at least a bit.
Apple today announced that it has removed all ports from the new MacBook, thus leaving you with just one, USB-C type connector port. It does all your things. It charges your iPhone, it teleports data between devices. All that sounds good, the disadvantages – you ask ?
Well, for starters, you can not charge the iPhone and your computer at the same time, which comes as a major drawback. It also hinders the capability of multi-tasking, as most Mac owners relished using multiple devices at the same time, without either of them running out of energy. You will have to forego that.
The death of all other ports is a result of Apple’s quest to make MacBook ultra-thin. And this isn’t the first time Apple has done that. It got CD-ROM away from MacBook as soon as it could, and didn’t even care to give a look to Blu-Ray.
But the question that remains is this – Has Apple gone too far ? Should the Cupertino-giant have gone with industry standards, at least once ? You, as consumers can better answer these questions. The comments section is all yours.