It’s been a whole month since I picked up my MacBook Pro from the local Apple Store, so perhaps it’s time to take a step back and evaluate where I am and how I got here.
As expected, the hardware is fantastic – Apple certainly do know industrial design and that’s just indisputable! The laptop is a good weight, it’s got multiple USB ports which makes it easier to work with, and the screen is good too. I did notice, for the first time this week, the difference the 3:2 ratio of the Surface Pro’s screen when working in Lightroom – the extra height made navigating folders and presets that little bit easier than on the 16:9 MacBook Pro where the screen feels just a little more constricted than before. I’m also gradually learning the different gestures you can make on the Magic Mouse, and also gradually getting used to the keyboard shortcuts – although ‘Home’ and ‘End’ keep eluding me when deep in concentration on the task at hand, rather than thinking about the different OS. After some initial concerns over the battery life it seems to have settled down and I’m now getting braver with the number of times I venture out without a power adapter 😉
For the most part I’m still using the software I had before, just the macOS flavour. To be honest, having Adobe and Microsoft support both OSes as well as they do has made the entire move really quite simple, and certainly far less painful than may have been the case a few years ago. Lightroom, Photoshop, Office and OneDrive are all working exactly as expected, and I’m happy with the way Mail and Safari work too (that Safari on the laptop co-operates so well with Safari on the iPhone and iPad is, of course, the satisfaction you get once you go ‘all in’ on an ecosystem). I’ve been able to successfully import my music into iTunes and, for the first time ever, actually transferred music on to my iPhone for listening in the car (there’ll be a more detailed post about this later on).
So far things are going really quite well. I feel like I’ve settled into the new machine and, as mentioned before, I’m pleasantly surprised how quickly macOS has gotten out the way so I can just get on with the work at hand. I’m nearing the end of a major video project so hopefully I’ll have more time to experiment with other aspects of the system in the near future – let me know any hints, tips or suggestions in the comments below!