Actually - I get a twitter page on that link.... I was slightly confused.
Hahahahahahahahahaha! Sorry, that's a link I shared with my wife earlier in the day. THIS is the laptop.
As for heat and battery life, I dunno, both my 2011 17" and my 2014 15" retina run hot and don't last long; the 2011 claims 81% battery capacity still and it does seem to last about as long as the 2014. My wife's 2013 13" does the same, but it also has a bad RAM slot (common on that model) and a slew of other issues, so I attribute all of its problems to the faulty design and manufacturing. Ask anyone (other than Apple) who fixes these things for a living and they'll tell you the 2013 13" model is shite. Oh well, she inherited it from her dad when he upgraded 6mo after buying it, so no skin off either of our backs I guess.
I take a lot of heat here for being an Apple hater, but I just have too much Apple gear in my home for that to be true. I use what works and I absolutely love my 9.7" iPad Pro, and use an iPad Air (1st gen, bought on release day) to control a Chromecast because the Apple TV I have went to shit after a few OS updates and I didn't see any better performance from any that my friends own. My mother-in-law inherited the Air 2 when I got my wife a Pro, and my wife has has had 5 different iPhone models in the 7 years we've been together. I gifted my mother a Macbook and bought my wife a 27" 5k iMac this past November, we have 3 working and in-use MacBook Pros in the house (the 2011 suffered the GPU issue typical of that model, so it runs Ubuntu with just the integrated graphics since it can't successfully boot anything else). That's right, I've keep and frequently use a broken MacBook Pro. Yet I get shit for being a hater. Two pieces of wall art in my office consist of the top clamshell of a G4 PowerBook with the Apple logo painted red (with green leaf) and the side of a teal G3 Mac case, the Apple logo on my 2014 rMBP is painstakingly hand-painted the actual proper original Apple rainbow colors (which I spent hours matching perfectly to the logo on an old dead Mac Classic I keep around) with a slightly iridescent topcoat.
But I take shit here for being an Apple hater.
Now that I've gotten that rant off my chest: thank you for not contributing to that.
I really just want Apple to make something that I can actually use. I greatly prefer Mac OS to Windows (I'd prefer Linux to either of those if the apps I need ran on it), but the hardware just isn't keeping up. I'm buying a machine for the long haul and I need it to not already be 2-3 years out of date when I buy it.
That's not hate, that's reality, and it's what has kept me from buying an Apple computer since the rMBP I bought at the beginning of 2014; and I only bought that because a client fronted me the money when the 2011 took a dump early on in the contract and they insisted I stick with Apple at the time. If Apple happens to have some compelling hardware on the market when I need to upgrade again in the future (far, far in the future, as the Ryzen build I just put together will last me at least half a decade with minimal upgrades along the way - mostly in terms of storage), I won't think twice. But it has to be current hardware, as recent as the best PC I could put together or, at least, within a few months of that.
The slow refresh cycle is what kills Apple for my uses, and the excuse that it lets them polish the design and get everything perfect just doesn't fly when you talk to someone who repairs them for a living. Except for major refreshes, which only happen every few years (e.g. they can be working on it from the moment the previous major refresh launches), their refreshes are just faster CPUs, faster RAM, and faster storage, with a few components replaced based on failures in the previous model. That's not a whole redesign and that's not a whole year's worth (or longer) of "polishing and perfecting", it's something a company with Apple's resources and engineering talent could pop off on a monthly basis, which is faster than the new parts come to market on average.
They'd stop seeing a lull in sales as refreshes (or rumors of them) approach, as well; it'd basically be refresh-day sales all year long as most people aren't gonna mind having hardware that's a month "out of date" but many do mind having last year's model if the new one's supposed to come out in a month or two.
Again, not hate. I want to see them push farther ahead. I want to see them take over the market, instead of just taking all of the profits. Yes, I want them to take the profits that go with that, but there's so much more to be had if they grab hold of the market!
But, I don't own Apple stock at the moment, so I suppose I really want myself to go unheard until they crash and I can pick up some cheap shares. Then I want them to push forward.