Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2016 16:03 UTC
Mac OS X

Mark Gurman, trustworthy and extremely reliable Apple reporters with uncannily good sources inside Apple, paints a grim picture of the future of the Mac.

Interviews with people familiar with Apple's inner workings reveal that the Mac is getting far less attention than it once did. They say the Mac team has lost clout with the famed industrial design group led by Jony Ive and the company's software team. They also describe a lack of clear direction from senior management, departures of key people working on Mac hardware and technical challenges that have delayed the roll-out of new computers.

And just in case you're one of the people who ridiculed or attacked me for stating OS X is effectively dead and iOS is Apple's future, this nugget might interest you - emphasis mine.

In another sign that the company has prioritized the iPhone, Apple re-organized its software engineering department so there's no longer a dedicated Mac operating system team. There is now just one team, and most of the engineers are iOS first, giving the people working on the iPhone and iPad more power.

It's been clear to anyone with an unbiased, open mind towards Apple's past few years that the Mac simply has no or low priority within Apple, and this only further solidifies it.

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Comment by Phloptical
by Phloptical on Tue 20th Dec 2016 20:53 UTC
Phloptical
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2006-10-10

When iOS is the one that is "paying the bills" (so to speak) it makes a lot of sense to put the priority on the moneymaker than to keep the focus on platforms/departments that have since lost either their focus or their usefulness to the companys bottom line.

When a company doesn't charge for a product, you can bet that there is not a lot of desire to keep that department happy.

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RE: Comment by Phloptical
by darknexus on Tue 20th Dec 2016 21:26 in reply to "Comment by Phloptical"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

When a company doesn't charge for a product, you can bet that there is not a lot of desire to keep that department happy.

So Apple doesn't care about iOS? Microsoft doesn't care about Windows 10? Google doesn't care about Android?
Your logic falls a bit flat there.

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RE[2]: Comment by Phloptical
by Phloptical on Tue 20th Dec 2016 23:21 in reply to "RE: Comment by Phloptical"
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

My logic seems fine to me. Unless we're talking semantics and splitting hairs, I don't see iOS having the ability to be mutually exclusive from an Apple mobile device. When I can install branded iOS on an Apple Mac, maybe I'll change my logic.

And last I checked, windows 10 is a pay product.

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