Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 31st Oct 2016 14:15 UTC
Apple

Since I'm sure some of you are already angrily typing comments about my claim that the new MacBook Pros aren't designed for professionals at all - on purpose! - but for affluent regular consumers, here's Mac developer Michael Tsai's summary of the community's responses to the new MacBook Pros.

I was really disappointed with today's Apple event. It seems like Apple has either lost its way, that it has lost touch with what (some of) its customers want, or that it simply doesn't care about those customers. Developers are a captive audience, and creative professionals can switch to Windows, I guess. Apple no longer considers them core.

There's nothing particularly wrong with what Apple announced. I like Thunderbolt 3. The display looks good. I'm not crazy about Touch Bar, but it does seem potentially useful. The problem is that the MacBook Pro is not a true Pro notebook.

I really think this line is the core reason why the Mac is being neglected:

It has seemed clear for a while that the CEO doesn't really understand the Mac, or simply doesn't like it that much, and that's a problem for those of us who do.

Ding, ding, ding.

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I guess they finally crossed "a line"?
by cjcox on Mon 31st Oct 2016 15:03 UTC
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Macs (all flavors) have always been impractical. It was their "shiny-ness" and svelte that made people buy them. Didn't matter if they felt like long sharp spikes driven into their eyeballs to use... didn't matter. Didn't matter if college education funds were tapped to buy one. Didn't matter. Didn't matter if everything cost money on them. Didn't matter. Keyboards that were horrible... Didn't matter. Exapansion that was horrible or very expensive. Didn't matter. Slippery devices breaking all the time. Didn't matter. Slim and terribly awkward. Didn't matter. Long time between updates. Didn't matter.

Suddenly... it seems to matter. Interesting.

(I have an MBA...that is Macbook Air, an iPad and an iMac... as a part of the work I do... oh, and I don't do Windows)

Let all the Apple lovers hate me... (cuz I know it coming). I'm not a Mac-hater, just pointing out there is a different reason why people choose Mac. Just normally poeple line up for miles to get the new shiny Apple thing... even when it didn't add that much feature wise... now all of the sudden that matters?

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