Marco Arment named the 2012-2015 MacBook Pro as the best in history and the pinnacle of Steve Jobs’ vision for the Mac:
Everything else about this machine was an upgrade: thinner, lighter, faster, better battery life, quieter fans, better speakers, better microphones, a second Thunderbolt port, and a convenient new HDMI port.
It feels as delightful as when I first got one in 2012. It’s fast, capable, and reliable. It gracefully does what I need it to do. It’s barely heavier or thicker, and I got to remove so many accessories from my travel bag that I think I’m actually coming out ahead.
This is my laptop from mid-2014, and I love it. It has never let me down and I have no desire to upgrade; this is a rare feeling for someone who already is excited about 2018’s iPhone.
Marco is right, in 2012 the new MacBook Pro was an all round upgrade. It pushed technology just the right amount to feel like the future and yet not too much to alienate customers. The removable of ethernet ports and the disc drive were well timed, much unlike the premature removal of the headphone jack in the iPhone.
It is not to say that modern Macs are not technically better and more exciting. They are. But they come with tradeoffs. You get the future but one that is sullied by a high price and an awkward port situation. For someone willing to go ‘all-in,’ and has the money to do so, the 2017 MacBook Pro is wonderful. Unfortunately few people are.
Apple’s MacBook Pro from 2012 to 2015 was a well timed, well crafted machine that wasn’t too forward thinking, but wasn’t boring. I hope there comes a day where that feeling returns.