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    Default Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    Hello all. I preordered a 15" MB Pro on launch day. Within the first week of using it, I found the the trackpad didn't respond correctly, the graphics card scrambled the screen and locked the computer periodically, and the toucher controls would randomly appear on the laptop screen.

    After taking it to the Apple Store and dealing with a VERY horrid experience of exchanging, I just sat down to use the new one. Immediately, as I typed, it was apparent that the keys of the keyboard were not attached correctly. As I type, it sounds like I'm popping corn - certain keys making very loud popping noises and sometimes not coming up from being depressed.

    Sad to say, but I think that Apple doesn't have their manufacturing process down for these new MacBooks yet. I'm going to return mine and struggle through with my 2009 as much as I can.

    Anyone else hear of these issues or experience them for themselves?
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    The graphics issues seem to be a regular problem…
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    That's a huge bummer you had so many problems with yours. Mine hasn't made it to me yet, but I knew about the graphics issue. Hopefully they'll get it all worked out soon.
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    Wow that blow. I should be expecting mine sometime next week. (High end 13" model)
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    So sorry! That totally sucks. I'm sure they are rushing to get them out for the holidays.
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    I never buy first gen products from apple.

    I am always behind, but have had little problems with my machines.

    .touch wood.
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    That sounds terrible! I'm so sorry that's happening to you. My mac may be old, but I've never had a single issue with it I guess now I'm not as envious of people with shiny new laptops!
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    Yeah, I saw today.

    I'm not going to buy a MacBook in the coming few months (lack of funds), but I'm sort of glad I don't have the money to buy it now. When you think about it, I don't really see the point of having a giant trackpad. The ones that we have right now are of a decent size. Some people are saying that it's working really good, so I'm going to assume all these problems are because they're rushing the manufacturing to meet holiday demand. At least, I hope so.
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    Quote Originally Posted by macboer View Post
    I never buy first gen products from apple.

    I am always behind, but have had little problems with my machines.

    .touch wood.
    Agree. Waiting for gen 2 is always the wise move in many cases with tech.
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    Quote Originally Posted by niharikasarma View Post
    Yeah, I saw today.

    I'm not going to buy a MacBook in the coming few months (lack of funds), but I'm sort of glad I don't have the money to buy it now. When you think about it, I don't really see the point of having a giant trackpad. The ones that we have right now are of a decent size. Some people are saying that it's working really good, so I'm going to assume all these problems are because they're rushing the manufacturing to meet holiday demand. At least, I hope so.
    After seeing this. I think I'll call up apple and cancel my order now.
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    Thanks for that video. Kinda makes me sick to my stomach that these things are happening. I'm staring to wonder if I should go with last year's model, though I'm not sure where I could get it. My old Mac is just getting too slow and it's really bugging out. .

    I will say, after using this replacement, second version, it is acting better. The trackpad is now less buggy, and the popping keys have settled down. Though, I did have to press all of them hundreds of times and use canned air to fix the issue. WTF?

    Sigh. I feel trapped. Is there any hope this machine will improve over time with software updates?
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    Software updates cannot give back lost battery capacity nor will they cure the thermal issues. Well come to think of it, they can. Just throttle or reduce clock speeds of the parts accordingly. This sounds so familiar...


    My top of the line 2015 is doing fine. I really wish they went to a 4K or better display. I have a (Dell) 9550 and the near bezel-less UHD display is fantastic.
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    Really saddened to read the OP here. I haven't heard of such issues from anyone I know that has the new MBP, but these things must be an issue for many. Hopefully Apple is able to help folks out with their problems and provide new units to those with the defective units.
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    Thank you sir. As a die-hard fanboy, it's been really rough to see a product-line that I love have so many manufacturing and hardware issues. The most frustrating thing is that I need a Mac to do my work and have no great options. All of this stress, and it was compounded by having to argue with an Apple Store manager that an exchange of this type should be direct swap-out. Instead, the store charged me extra tax, because this "new" Mac wasn't purchased at my home. Luckily, I have a direct line into the business services portion of the store, and they are formulating a plan to try and help me.

    For the first time in 15 years, I'm contemplating moving to Windows. Gasp!
    Perhaps I'll have to struggle though until Apple creates a better revision to this version of the MB Pro. The hard thing with that is, when on Earth could that be?

    Quote Originally Posted by James Falconer View Post
    Really saddened to read the OP here. I haven't heard of such issues from anyone I know that has the new MBP, but these things must be an issue for many. Hopefully Apple is able to help folks out with their problems and provide new units to those with the defective units.
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    If you're pretty deep in the Mac OS ecosystem, and considering you've been using a MBP since 2009, not sure if it's the right move to go to Windows now. Not to say that it's impossible, but it's certainly not going to be fun to switch full time. Wish you luck with business services, and hope they can find a solution for you.

    Reading about all this makes me either pull the trigger on a 2015 MBP (upgrading from a 2011), or waiting another year for a 2nd gen of the Touch Bar MacBook Pros.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsarino View Post
    If you're pretty deep in the Mac OS ecosystem, and considering you've been using a MBP since 2009, not sure if it's the right move to go to Windows now. Not to say that it's impossible, but it's certainly not going to be fun to switch full time. Wish you luck with business services, and hope they can find a solution for you.

    Reading about all this makes me either pull the trigger on a 2015 MBP (upgrading from a 2011), or waiting another year for a 2nd gen of the Touch Bar MacBook Pros.
    I probably would've waited if I could, but my late 2011 MBP has a failing hard drive. I looked into Windows myself, but just couldn't pull the trigger. I've been using Macs since the iMac DV Special Edition since 98 or 99, can't remember. I did have a Toshiba Windows machine around 05, but hated it. It only lasted 2 yrs before crapping out too.

    My 13 in w/ Touch Bar is supposed to be delivered between the 20th and 26th. Just hoping I don't have any hardware problems with mine.
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    My 13" touch bar should be delivered some time this week. I'm hoping that I won't have any of those issues either. From what I read from other blogs forums. There are only a certain amount of people that are having an issue with the new mac books.
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    Wow, I've had my new MBP 15in for about two weeks now and have not seen any of the issues dicussed. However, I cannot for the life of me get the screensaver to work
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    that sounds horrible... I hope you get it sorted out though. Apple seems to have great rapport for fixing manufacturing problems for their customers.
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    Do you notice any sound difference in the keys? In particular, the Tab and Delete keys? All of my other keys have settled down, but these two are randomly quite loud and poppy. When I checked some of these new models at the local Best Buy, I felt as though al the keys were uniformly quiet.

    Quote Originally Posted by nappalonia View Post
    Wow, I've had my new MBP 15in for about two weeks now and have not seen any of the issues dicussed. However, I cannot for the life of me get the screensaver to work
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    No issues with the keys.
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    How long till these start showing up in the refurbished store?
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    Default Re: Buyer Beware - MacBook Pro with Touchbar

    Mine is out for delivery today! Will report back if I have any issues with mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msm0511 View Post
    Mine is out for delivery today! Will report back if I have any issues with mine.
    Awesome. Mine will be delivered tomorrow.
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    I'd be interested to hear how it works for you guys.
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