In March, my 15-inch MacBook Pro will be 5 years old. It doesn’t have a Retina display or a Force Touch trackpad, it has an optical drive and a Firewire 800 port, and it weighs about 5.6 pounds. In other words, it’s a clunky, pixelated behemoth, and though it’s served me very well over the years, I can’t wait to say goodbye to it.
Here are my hopes and dreams for the new Skylake MacBook Pros that will supposedly be released early next year, in no particular order:
- Lighter. According to Apple, the average weight of the current 15″ MacBook Pro is about 4.49 pounds. Given the company’s unwavering commitment to shrinking things, I think I can reasonably expect that number to drop a bit for next year’s models.
- Touch ID. Because why not?
- Individually backlit keys. I don’t really want to see any changes to the key travel, but those backlit keys on the new MacBook are rad.
- Wider color gamut, like the new iMacs. I don’t know if this is technically possible because I have zero knowledge about display technology. However, since MacBook Pros are generally geared toward creative professionals, this would be a change that makes sense.
- Different finishes. Gold. Space Gray. Black. White. I don’t really care, as long as it’s not just stupid boring silver. Ugh.
- USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Because if I’m going to be using this laptop for another 5 years, it needs to have the Port of the Future. Or whatever.
Ok, now for some truly weird suggestions. WHAT IF:
- The trackpad was bigger and had built-in Pencil support. Like a mini built-in Wacom tablet. I know: crazy.
- You could change the color of the LEDs behind the keyboard. Psychedelic.
Mostly, I just hope the darn things come out soon. I know we’re waiting on Intel’s Skylake H-series chips with Iris Pro graphics, but I mean, early 2016 could mean anything from January to April, and I don’t know if I can wait that long!