10 changes Apple should make to put the Pro back in MacBook Pro

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As an IT professional, you’re constantly bombarded with questions regarding the latest smartphones, computers, and devices. Your opinion, largely based on your experiences, is highly sought after—and it should be. After all, your work exposes you to equipment that the average user has no need for, such as high-end workstations and cutting-edge servers.

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But there’s also a lot of, shall we say, obsolete equipment you come across that is likely 10 to 15 years old and really should not be used by anyone ever. This experience combined with playing with the latest toys rounds out what we recommend, based on the user’s needs, of course.

What does this all have to do with Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptops? Well, despite the fact that their selling quite well, many diehard Apple fans—many of whom are professionals in their own respective fields—think the Pro line has lost much of its professional appeal, making it a hard device to recommend.

As an admin, I have to work with many of the major OSes, so I support them equally and see their pros and cons. But as a personal computer user, I tend to prefer Macs for their lack of quirks. For me, “It just works.” And while I’ve come to enjoy my new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I don’t love it necessarily and find that it could’ve (and should’ve) been better.

So indulge me the opportunity to cover 10 points I believe Apple could certainly use to work on the next iteration in the MacBook Pro line to better align its Pro philosophy with its hardware and possibly regain some of that “Pro cred” many feel Apple lost last time around.

Before I jump in, however, I want to address the use of “professional” in this article. It is my belief that professionals exist at every level of industry and that the inherent needs of one type of professional will not necessary mesh with those of a professional in other fields. For example, a video editor will certainly have different computing needs from those of a server administrator. The idea is to create a device that is capable of being upgraded, dependent on needs, to adapt to the user—not requiring the user to adapt their needs to the device’s limited capacities.

SEE: Is it time for high-end pros to dump the Mac?

1. Support for 32GB (or more) of RAM

There aren’t many laptops that support 32GB+ of RAM. They do exist; it’s just not as common. But the need for more RAM in computers is akin to water for human beings. It’s never going to end, and depending on how strenuous the activity, that need will increase.

Since 8GB is the bare minimum recommended for end users today, 16GB is a good alternative upgrade for some. But for those with heavier workloads, more RAM will address a real-world requirement for professionals who need it to…

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