James Montemagno
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Is the MacBook Pro 16-inch the Ultimate Developer Laptop?

It seems as though Apple has finally fixed the keyboard on the latest MacBook 16-inch and as a bonus, brought back the escape key! This seems to be what everyone is talking about, but what is really important is the return to PRO for the MacBook Pro. What I mean by this is that finally we can fully spec out a MacBook Pro with as much RAM and SSD space that we could ever want and at a decent price. If you head over to the configuration page you will be able to spec out your MacBook Pro with up to 64GB of RAM and 8TB of SSD! That is right 8TB!!!!!!!!

This is a big deal for developers that need a super powerful laptop on the go, especially if you are doing mobile development for iOS and Android. More importantly, is that for the first time I think we have a MacBook Pro that can actually handle running macOS and Windows (in Parallels) without compromise! Yes, you will be sharing the GPU, but there are 8-cores built into this puppy! I actually don't think you need to fully spec out the machine either. Here is the build I would go for:

That is the upgraded 8-core i9, 64GB RAM, and 2TB SSD, all for just around $4,000! That does seem expensive, but it is basically 3 laptops in 1! I am very impressed with this offering and could feel very confident dedicating 32GB of RAM to Parallels, for that super butter smooth development experience between macOS and Windows!

Yes, $4,000 is very expensive and obviously you do not need to spend this much on a machine. However, if you are looking for a machine to last the next 6-8 years and do all of your heavy lifting on macOS and Windows 10 then it is a pretty solid option.

What do you think? Leave a comment below if you think this is genius or if I am crazy.

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