16 Nov

New MacBook Pro Criticized for Non-Gaming features

2016 MacBook ProI’m a huge fan of Apple products – always have been. Sure, Samsung‘s Android powered devices may have their perks, but there’s nothing that compares to what’s under the hood of all Apple products, like the new MacBook Pro, (as is evident in most price comparison charts).

I noticed recently that critics are attacking the capabilities of Apple’s latest MacBook Pro release. It’s a beautifully built machine with more ingenuity beneath the keys than most competitors could dream of building, or successfully marketing. But these critics say that the 2016 MacBook Pro neglects the growing population of video gamers.

Is it true? Well, yes, but does it really matter? Apple engineers its laptops for more industrial purposes, and they’ve admitted such on numerous occasions. The fact is, the MacBook Pro has so much built in that there’s not really any room to accommodate a suped-up GPU.

As seasoned gamer Glyn Williams so eloquently put it, “To turn the Mac into a viable games platform would need a titanic shift,” from Apple’s current mindset, which is to provide top-shelf machinery that accomplishes real, meaningful goals.

“The Mac dominates notebooks and the all-in-one form factors. Neither of which can accommodate a big hot GPU,” said Williams in a response to those who wonder why Apple doesn’t capitalize on the video gaming industry. “So even if there were game software available, the Mac would not be a great platform for games. There is currently no Mac capable of driving a VR rig.”

MacBook Pro 2016That doesn’t bother me, though. The only form of gaming I do on my MacBook is online gambling, and believe me, there’s more than enough power to run those games flawlessly and seamlessly. Even the live dealer casinos with real-time video streaming run smoother than melted butter on hot cakes.

If I wanted a video gaming experience, I’d purchase a PlayStation 4 for a fraction of the cost. In fact, that’s exactly what I did.

Yes, I am a gamer. I play everything from RPGs like Final Fantasy and Suikoden, to MMOs like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto. I even enjoy those cute caricature games like Skylanders and Mario Kart (had to snag a Wii U for that last one).

But I don’t expect Sony to produce a professional business-grade laptop, just as I don’t expect Nintendo to go into the online casino games business. Each company has it’s own products designed for niche markets. And quite frankly, Apple doesn’t need to build gaming computers. That’s what their iPhones and iPads are for.

Apple pulls in more money off apps on the iTunes Store than any other mobile operating system. There are literally hundreds of thousands of gaming apps available for iOS devices.

Sure, Nintendo made a killing off the release of Pokemon Go. It’s stocks rose to astronomical heights within days of the game’s release. But how much do you think Apple raked in on its 30% revenue sharing deal from all the users who made in-app purchases on their iPhones while playing that game? A heck of a lot more, I’d wager.