I love my MacBook Pro trackpad. I use the sophisticated gesture control that it provides all day long; four fingers to switch “spaces” into my virtual Windows 7 environment, a 3-fingered swipe to go back and forth on my Web browser, and the “pinch-to-zoom” motion that’s the same as the iPhone.
While most modern laptops do their best to emphasise this multi-touch functionality, none I have used come close in reliability – which is why I am a little worried by recent events.
Randomly, my Macbook Pro trackpad has decided to occasionally refuse to recognize my three-fingered swipes. This seems random, although it is within Gmail via Google Chrome that I seem to notice it most.
Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon? Is your MacBook Pro trackpad losing reliability? If so, please let me know in the comments.
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Oh dear. It’s been quite some time since I posted here at Windows to Mac. I’m about to take some time off, so I thought I’d better find time for a little post before I neglect the blog again for a while!
So here are a few small updates about my recent life with my Mac:
1. I Dented my MacBook Pro
I love my Mac. I love it’s metal unibody frame. Sadly, it now has a dent in it. There’s an amusing irony to how this happened: I dented it by dropping my iPhone on it. It turns out the solid nature of Apple products can be a disadvantage when they decide to attack each other.
2. I haven’t Installed Mountain Lion
I was an “early adopter” of OS X Lion and it didn’t work out well. I have still, however, been tempted to install Mountain Lion, especially as online reports seem to suggest it is a fast stable OS release.
Unfortunately I have found out that Parallels, my favourite way of running Windows on my Mac, needs to be upgraded to version 7 to work with Mountain Lion. I am still using version 6 (and completely happy with version 6). My Mountain Lion upgrade will have to wait until I get round to it.
3. I haven’t Purchased a Retina Macbook Pro
I was rabidly excited about the release of the Retina Macbook Pro, and thought I’d be jumping at the chance of buying it. As it turned out, I was a little disappointed with what Apple gave us. I want the ability to upgrade my own SSD and RAM, and, quite honestly, I don’t WANT a 15” MacBook Pro.
I went to an Apple store, ready to be persuaded to hand over my credit card, but just didn’t feel suitably inspired. I’m prepared to wait to see if, as rumored, Apple bring us a 13” model in the coming months.
Anyone with even a passing interest in Apple’s laptop range is likely to know that an announcement about the new 2012 MacBook Pro range is (supposedly) imminent.
Mac forums are brimming with rumours, predictions and heated debates – a lot of which are due to the potential removal of the optical drive, something that I am personally rather indifferent about.
Rather than joining in the debates, I thought I would lay down here what I personally want to see in the 2012 MacBook Pro – if Apple ticks the majority of these boxes I may take my fanboyism to a new level and go and queue outside the Apple store.
1. RETINA DISPLAY. I’ll be honest – there ARE some days when the limited resolution on my 13″ MacBook Pro is restrictive. On the bright side, the low resolution has trained me to make effective use of Spaces, but before this I had a laptop with a 1680×1050 display. I want my pixels back.
2. USB 3. Make my backups quicker and I’ll be inclined to get round to doing them more often. Shameful but true.
3. CONTINUED SEPARATION FROM THE MACBOOK AIR RANGE. I don’t want a MacBook Air. My MBP is portable enough for me, thank you very much. Give us more “Pro” features instead, such as….
4. DEDICATED GRAPHICS. The 2012 MacBook Pro range needs dedicated graphics across the board. Integrated just ain’t “pro.” Although the integrated graphics in my current MBP hasn’t been a problem, it is getting frustrating seeing more and more games I can’t play, so the time has come….and if not, what’s going to drive all those lovely pixels on my new Retina display?!
5. HYBRID SSD/HDD DRIVES. A 256GB SSD just isn’t big enough for me I’m afraid, and I suspect a bigger one is out of the question for standard issue due to cost. So, let’s comprimise and have a hybrid drive so my OS and apps still have a speed boost and I still have enough storage space for a “Pro” laptop.
6. SOME FORM OF OPTICAL DRIVE INCLUDED. As I said above, I am indifferent as to whether Apple remove the optical drive from the 2012 MacBook Pro…..BUT…..if they take it away, I would like an external one IN THE BOX – take it away by all means, but give us a way to watch DVDs and import CDs if we need to without scamming us for an expensive part.
7. SOMETHING NEW AND UNEXPECTED. Surprise us please Apple. Let’s have a “one other thing” that makes buying the 2012 MacBook Pro ESSENTIAL.
What do you want to see in the 2012 MacBook Pro range? Share your ideas in the comments section!