Life with a 2016 MacBook Pro: Part 2

December 2 2016

Part 1 is available here. It’s got the dongles you’re looking for.

It took me a week and a half to figure out how to log in to my MacBook without using Touch ID.

Let’s say you plug in your MacBook Pro to an external monitor and use it in Clamshell Mode. (I do this all the time to work on my external monitor.) Things are going well. You’re getting work done on your giant screen, feeling like a boss.

And then it happens.

You step away for lunch, and come back to discover the laptop is now asleep.

“No problem,” you think, tapping on a key to wake up the screen.

At this point, you’re greeted with your avatar and user name. You don’t know it, because there aren’t any indicators on the screen, but your MacBook is encouraging you to use Touch ID on the new Touch Bar.

(Touch ID is wonderful on the new laptops, by the way.)

There’s one problem: you can’t use Touch ID with the laptop closed. So you open the laptop, put your finger on the sensor, and then close the laptop once you’re logged back in. Your windows re-arrange themselves again.

Another annoyance.

It turns out: you don’t have to do this! If you click on your name on the log in screen, you get the option to type in your password instead of using Touch ID.

There’s no indicator you can do this. I only know because I furiously clicked everywhere on the screen in desperation.

There’s no reason for this in 2016. Your laptop should know when it’s closed and driving an external display, and it should compensate accordingly. This is bad design.

The weird thing is, you and I both know there are probably dozens of people in Apple using their new MacBook Pros in Clamshell Mode with those fancy new 5k displays. The fact this isn’t fixed from the get-go is pure laziness.

It’s a first-world problem, but this is the only major pain point I’ve experienced with the new MacBook Pro since I got it. This is the only major workflow ruiner. It’s astonishing that this is a problem.

But here we are.

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