The shock and horror that I and many other users who rely on connectivity in a laptop face in Apple’s new MacBook Pro line is somewhat alleviated after today’s EFI firmware upgrade. Prior to it, users of Apple’s top of the line portable laptops faced an arbitrary interface downgrade which capped throughput to 1,5 Gigabits per seconds – a number that could easily be saturated by a speedy solid state drive (SSD). For people who purchased these disks, the downgrade was nearly the last straw in a troubled line of laptops.
In an effort to stem the high prices of its laptop line, Apple announced overhauled MacBool Pro models. The series received the most immediately noticeable upgrade in a return to a smaller form factor which has long been overdue. The 12 inch PowerBook replacement received these updates over its prior incarnation as a mere MacBook: a MacBook Pro quality screen, the reintroduction of a FireWire port and an SD card port. However, the 15-inch model was made redundant. Unless you need the speakers and the larger screen, there is no reason to opt for the more expensive middling model.