I just happily returned my spec’d out Late 2016 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for a refund because the machine just didn’t work. It started glitching after two days of use (see video above) and Apple could not fix it (they told me this after the computer was in repair for 2 weeks). To add fuel to the fire, this machine retails for nearly $5,000 (with Apple Care), which is already an absurd amount of money to pay for any laptop, especially one that lacks in many ways. The graphics issue has been widely reported by various users, and it’s obvious that Apple does not know what is causing it. The person at the genius bar told me it was the graphics card while another Apple employee based in Austin told me it was due to a faulty logic board. So which is it, Apple?
I had really high hopes for this machine, and waited a long time for it. I was even willing to overlook all the complaints: poor battery life (yes, it’s poor), lack of legacy ports, overpriced, under spec’d for pro/power users, etc. Admittedly, I even started to grow attached to the retina screen and better speakers and really wanted to make it work. At the end of the day, this is a terrible, faulty product. It’s no surprise that Apple’s revenue is on the decline and it will only continue to decline unless they start making better products and stop ignoring their pro user base. This is actually the first time in 11 years that I have chosen not to purchase Apple (ever since I had my classic iPod), and don’t plan on purchasing another Apple product again soon, if ever.
Long story short, do not buy the late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, or return it if it’s not too late. Buy an older 2015 MacBook Pro or even a PC, anything is better than the latest MacBook Pro (I really should have listened to Snazzy Labs, but ended up learning the hard way). It is you and I, the consumers, that hold the power as we have a choice to vote with our wallets every single day. Let’s raise hell, together, and hope for something better in the future.