I’m here to tell you that Apple is gouging its customers. We’re required to pay for specific functionality that many Mac customers don’t want. Why should I pay for the outrageous cost of SSD storage when hard disk drives cost far less with far greater capacity?
The same holds true for those new fangled and money-grabbing Retina displays. Yes, technology writers fawn all over themselves as to which is best, but really, if you can’t see the pixel on the screen isn’t that resolution enough? And don’t get me started on those aluminum cases.
Yes, aluminum Macs look nice but they just don’t compare to the candy coated cleverness rolled up in the original iMac line of the last century, do they? But aluminum scratches, dents, and attracts dirt and grime; they age quickly. Why not have some nice plexiglass cases for the Mac which can be swapped out if they crack or get dirty?
The problem here is Apple does not give us a sufficient number of choices. We’re forced to take whatever Apple wants to deliver, customers be damned. I should be allowed to choose a hard disk drive over an SSD if that’s what I want. I should be able to downgrade to a non-Retina display if I’m OK with that. Disposable plastic Mac cases? Why not? They’re green, too, right?
And that crazy-assed MacBook Touch Bar and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. What a huge waste. Nobody ever bothered to use the Function Keys on their Macs, so now, if you buy a 15-inch MacBook Pro, you’re stuck with a Touch Bar function key arrangement that is context sensitive; it works differently depending upon which application is front most on the Mac’s screen. That’s just nuts. Who wants to pay for that? MacBook Pro models already are overpriced.
Touch ID fingerprint sensor? Bah humbug. Everyone knows it’s end-of-life technology thanks to upcoming 3D Face ID soon to show up in iPhone 8.
I bring out all the points which cannot be argued against thanks to Chuq Von Rospach, former Apple employee and a writer of note who says Apple should give customers more choices and 15-inch MacBook Pro buyers shouldn’t be forced to buy the Touch Bar if they don’t want it.
The Chuqmeister doesn’t love Touch Bar but feels he had to pay extra for it and should have been given a choice since he doesn’t use it much, and seldom even uses Touch ID fingerprint sensor (they’re something of a pair on the MacBook Pro models).
He’s right. We need more choice; not features we don’t use but are required to buy. Who needs a Mac with a battery, anyway? Not me. My MacBook Pro is always plugged in. But can I buy a MacBook Pro without a battery and save $100? No. Can. Do. Choice is good. Choice is better.
Chuqqie has shown us the way with his own website which has a delightful version of green that Apple should incorporate into the Mac line. As of now, the MacBook Pro line comes in predictable and spartan Space Gray and Silver. At least the entry-level MacBook line has more choices with Gold and Rose Gold. What’s wrong with #C0ECAD anyway? Why isn’t that a choice on Mac, iPad, or iPhone? Made to order colors. I like it.
We need more choices, Apple.