At home and at work I have a MacBook Pro (2015) which is the last one before the following hardware changes :
- Butterfly keyboard.
- Overly large trackpad that causes palm-clicks.
Each of those alone is a significant issue for me:
- The existing MacBook is already not a good keyboard for me: I do need the tactile aspect of keys with 'travel'. My typos on a MBPro keyboard are already much higher than on an external keyboard
- I do work on the move so an external keyboard only is an option a fraction of the time.
- I rest my palms on the laptop so the large trackpad will induce yet more typos
- My fingers look for the specific function keys: the Touchbar does not work
- I do not use smart phones more than just for typing (precariously) because of the lack of physical keyboard . This is after years of trying; it is not working for me. That carries over to the mac and its Touchbar.
If I could buy a non-Apple / non-Mac there would be no issue. But I must use a Mac: all teams that I have worked on for five years only use Macs: and we must use IT supported configurations. Pure linux would work fine (for home) but in the (larger) companies it is not supported (security apps, wifi, productivity apps etc)
I am also constantly in trouble with memory usage due to running heavy and large application codebases along with VMs, browsers, and productivity apps. The maximum 16GB on the older Macs will eventually simply not be sufficient.
The IT folks do not use new Macs and use the old ones. All co-workers that have been around long enough use the old Macs and also refuse to upgrade. So I have not run into anyone with solutions for this yet.
Does anyone have a plan for how to handle this?