Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Oct 2017 10:42 UTC
Apple

I was in the Grand Central Station Apple Store for a third time in a year, watching a progress bar slowly creep across my computer's black screen as my Genius multi-tasked helping another customer with her iPad. My computer was getting its third diagnostic test in 45 minutes. The problem was not that its logic board was failing, that its battery was dying, or that its camera didn't respond. There were no mysteriously faulty innerworkings. It was the spacebar. It was broken. And not even physically broken - it still moved and acted normally. But every time I pressed it once, it spaced twice.

"Maybe it's a piece of dust," the Genius had offered. The previous times I'd been to the Apple Store for the same computer with the same problem - a misbehaving keyboard - Geniuses had said to me these exact same nonchalant words, and I had been stunned into silence, the first time because it seemed so improbable to blame such a core problem on such a small thing, and the second time because I couldn't believe the first time I was hearing this line that it was not a fluke. But this time, the third time, I was ready. "Hold on," I said. "If a single piece of dust lays the whole computer out, don't you think that's kind of a problem?"

The keyboard on the MacBooks and MacBook Pros is an unmitigated disaster. In pursuit of thinness nobody else is looking for, Apple severely crippled its most important Mac product line - and that's even without taking the Touchbar into account.

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Time to switch
by Parry on Thu 19th Oct 2017 08:59 UTC
Parry
Member since:
2014-06-03

According to Apple, my 2011 MBP is "vintage". The logic board's been replaced three times and it still overheats (due to faulty heat sensors). Apple are now refusing to fix it again unless I can produce the original sales receipt, which I can't.
It's probably time I get a new MBP but at £2000 and with negative feedback about the keyboard (and touch bar), switching to a Windows 10 laptop has never looked more inviting.

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RE: Time to switch
by Morgan on Thu 19th Oct 2017 11:34 in reply to "Time to switch"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Why go all the way to Windows, especially if you're used to a *nix workflow? There are some damned nice Linux-first laptops out there, with hardware that rivals (and these days, beats) Apple's build quality. Elementary OS is a great distro for those used to the macOS look and feel.

That said, if you're doing certain things like music production with your laptop, switching to Windows makes more sense as most of the pro audio tools for macOS exist on Windows too. WSL might help with any *nix-specific workflows too.

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RE[2]: Time to switch
by x86_x64 on Thu 19th Oct 2017 12:17 in reply to "RE: Time to switch"
x86_x64 Member since:
2017-10-11

Elementary OS is a great distro for those used to the macOS look and feel.

Tried that, had way too many issues with it. Also, look and feel is still lightyears behind macOS.

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RE[2]: Time to switch
by zima on Sat 21st Oct 2017 18:30 in reply to "RE: Time to switch"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

A distro with a look modelled after macOS? Sounds North-Koreanish... ;P

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RE: Time to switch
by henderson101 on Fri 20th Oct 2017 08:59 in reply to "Time to switch"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I stood in front of a 13" Macbook Pro without touch bar, money in my account to buy it, and looked at it - really looked at it. I walked out of the store and got a used Macbook Pro 13" 2012 for under half the proce it would have cost me for the MacBook Pro (and USB-C dongles.) I then spent another £150 on upgrading the RAM and fitting a second hard drive. Job done.

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RE[2]: Time to switch
by Morgan on Fri 20th Oct 2017 11:04 in reply to "RE: Time to switch"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I then spent another £150 on upgrading the RAM and fitting a second hard drive.


Something you wouldn't have been able to do on that newer MacBook. Wise decision. :-)

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RE: Time to switch
by bolomkxxviii on Fri 20th Oct 2017 17:22 in reply to "Time to switch"
bolomkxxviii Member since:
2006-05-19

It might be time to look into making a "hackintosh".

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