The first MacBook Pro was revealed to the world in 2006 by the face of Apple, Steve Jobs himself. A decade later, Jobs’ successor unveiled a next-generation MacBook pro which was designed to meet the innovational standards that Apple strived to maintain. However, many things have changed regarding performance and design, ever since the passing of Steve Jobs. First and second generation models were released with the input and contribution of Steve Jobs whereas the third and fourth generation models were introduced under the leadership of Tim Cook.
The first generation models began with the 15-inch MacBook Pro which had superior features compared to the PowerBook it was aiming to replace. It featured a built-in webcam, iSight, and there was even the addition of MagSafe. Jobs’ gave the green signal when it came to reducing the size of the optical drive so that it could fit in the much slimmer chassis. The next models in the first generation lineup included a 17-inch and 15-inch revision that included FireWire 400 ports.
The second generation ‘Unibody’ MacBook Pro had a unique aluminum body with certain features similar to the MacBook Air, which was also released the same year. Steve Jobs experimented with new developments and as a result, the second generation MacBook Pro had two different video cards, Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT and GeForce 9400M. He decided to retain the FireWire 800 port and let go of the FireWire 400 port. So far, so good.
The second generation model came with a battery that could be removed by the user and would last for five hours. Steve Jobs stayed true to his word, and many users reported that when put to the test, it would cross the 4.5-hour mark. The battery also showed superior ability to hold a charge of 80% even after 300 charges. At the time, the only complaints were the number of USB ports and that there was no HDMI port. Simplicity was the motto that Jobs lived by, and it could be observed in the performance of the initial MacBook Pros.
The third generation MacBook Pro, although introduced by Tim Cook, still contained traces of Jobs’ innovation and minimalist design. He aimed to keep users out of the machine, and he implemented this thought process in the design of the new ‘Retina’ MacBook Pro, which was impossible to upgrade or perform repairs on by the average technician. Memory was fixed onto the logic board while the battery was apparently ‘glued’ in. Any attempts to remove or upgrade them were already impossible, but if someone tried, they would risk damaging the entire computer. Although the performance of this edition was praised due to power and the ‘retina’ display, there were still complaints from users regarding the lack of an optical drive and Ethernet port.
After that, it took years of complaints from devoted users for Tim Cook to release the fourth generation MacBook Pro. The highlight was a digital strip that was touch-sensitive and it replaced the conventional F keys on the keyboard. Designed to be futuristic, the strip would change itself based on what was on the screen. However, the end result was just a confusing and complex gimmick that very few tech reviewers actually appreciated. Overall, it can’t be denied that the post-Jobs Apple isn’t as focused towards the aim of providing simple technology because of their attempts at meeting different consumer demands.