If you’ve bought an Apple laptop in the last few years and you try out the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, you will be furious. It’s so good. It works precisely as a laptop should—the issues that have plagued Apple’s laptops in recent years seem absent. Everything about the device seems to follow an age-old Apple edict the company forgot: It just works. So while I’m delighted by the existence of the new MacBook Pro, I’ll admit there’s some frustration, too. It very much feels like Apple should have been making this device or something like it for the last decade. Instead, we’ve been saddled with year after year of underpowered laptops that prioritise minimalism over functionality. Apple isn’t a company that talks about its internal process often, so we can’t know for sure why Apple clung so persistently to the old design despite ample criticism of it. (If you have information on the subject you can reach me anonymously via Secure Drop, at [email protected], or DM me on Twitter for Signal number.) One likely reason was Jony Ive’s stewardship of Apple design. Ive, who left Apple to launch his own design form in 2020, is notoriously minimalism-obsessed. He once designed a car so minimalis...