I am new to this forum, but not new when it comes to Apple devices. I have the iPhone xs, Apple watch, iPad pro, and even an Apple tv. I have owned macs before, but am currently in the market for a new one. I just have a few questions, that I am hoping can be answered here.
1. My last macbook was a mid 2012, non retina version. Those machines even today have great resell value and are great even today because of the ease with which they can be upgraded. However, having said that, no matter how specked out the machine may be, support is probably going to run out on them sooner rather than later. So, that one is out of the question. I have spent the last few days on both Ebay and Amazon, pricing different models. To get a decent used model of the macbook pro, you're still talking anywhere between $400 and $800, depending on year, model, and upgraded specs. I also took a look at the discontinued 12 inch macbook, and saw them going for between $500 and $750. At the high end of that spectrum, there's not much of a difference between a used 12 inch macbook and a brand new base model macbook air from this year. Plus this year's macbook air has the better keyboard, touch id, and two usb C ports, compared to just one on those 12 inch models. I've heard a lot of people talk down the base model because it comes with an i3 processor instead of an i5, but they fail to take in to account that this is a 10th gen i3, vs the 8th gen in last year's air, and last year people talked this machine up like crazy. This new 10th gen i3 is at least equal to the i5 from last year, maybe even a little bit better.
However, with that rather large intro out of the way, here are my questions.
1. How is the experience with these new force touch trackpads? With the old ones, we had trackpad commander, but I didn't find myself using it much. Has trackpad commander stayed the same on these new movdels, or have there been any improvements? Any added features for us VoiceOver users?
2. How well does this handle Windows with bootcamp? I guess my question is not specific to just this model, but any using the new t2 chip, as it helps with security and processing. But I thought I heard somewhere that other operating systems were blocked on models with said chip. Hope this is not the case. And, assuming it will still work, will Windows still be able to make decent use of that i3? My windows partition would be small, only for certain programs I use for my online radio station, to broadcast live events, etc. Also, while I know I can install teamviewer, nothing handles quite like the NVDA remote addon for being able to control my station pc from afar. Wish they could make a mac app that could interface directly with that nvda addon. At that point I might not even need a Windows installation on the macbook.
Thanks for your feedback.