The 13-inch MacBook Pro is as powerful as ever in 2019, MacOS is fantastic, and I love the giant touchpad that comes on all models of MacBook Pro.
But iFixit gave it a low score of two out of ten for repairability, and Apple’s repairs for even small things can become costly if you don’t have the AppleCare+ warranty. To boot, there are still questions about the butterfly keyboard’s reliability, even the latest version.
It’s anticipated that Apple will use a different keyboard design — not the unreliable butterfly design — for its upcoming Mac laptops. That alone could make the wait for the next generation worthwhile.
As for repairability in the future, there’s no telling how or if Apple will ever make future Mac laptops easier or cheaper to repair.
As for other controversies, there’s the USB-C-only nature of Apple’s MacBook Pros, which don’t let you plug regular USB devices without an adapter. Some have adapted and use adapters, others are less tolerant.