Mac OS X gives users stability, security, and a growing variety of apps that are affordable and a pleasure to use. Mac hardware is well designed and quality crafted of a solid block of aluminum for longer life.
So, what’s the problem? The new MacBook Pro with Retina display is the most over engineered personal computer ever. And it has a sky high price tag to match.
Is this new Mac simply too much engineering with too much quality? Yes.
Toytoa Or Lexus Of Personal Computers?
There’s no question that I want the new MacBook Pro with Retina display. Who would not? Maybe the question should be asked a different way.
Can the average Mac user afford a Mac these days? Sure, all models are selling well. So are BMWs, Lexus, Cadillacs, and other luxury brands.
My concern with this new Mac is that Apple has gone beyond affordable luxury and into the rarified atmosphere of Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Maserati and friends.
iFixIt did a tear down of the latest MacBook Pro with Retina display and called it an engineering marvel and promptly gave it their lowest repairability score ever.
If ever a picture was worth a thousand words, it would be these visual comparisons from Ole Begemann.
Check the engine compartment of an older Volvo vs. a newer Mercedes model, then compare that to the insides of an Apple II vs. Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display.
That graphic comparison shows that luxury, whereby all the typically accessible components are hidden from the customer, comes with a price tag.
Apple once billed the Mac as “the computer for the rest of us.” That wasn’t really the case back in the day, as the Mac was expensive compared to PCs of the era.
The computer for the rest of us is not a Mac.
There once was a time when the Mac was completely closed to upgrades by average human beings. Then, through the years, the Mac became easier to upgrade RAM and swap out hard disk drives, but little else.
With the new MacBook line Apple is reverting to a bygone era whereby only a privileged few can afford all the engineering and design baked into a new Mac. How do you think Apple manages to capture nearly 40-percent gross margins? High prices on luxury goods.
I don’t have a problem with a computer that cannot be serviced or upgraded easily by the owner. I do object to a level of quality, fit and finish, that flies in the face of an economic reality.
Like a luxury car, the new MacBook Pro with Retina display is drool worthy, but the quality of engineering and components make it a luxury bauble, not fit for the masses.