There are times when you just need to draw a line in the sand and tell anyone who pays attention, “Do not cross this line.” You may get punched in the face now and again. Or, your warning may be heeded.
In this case I have a list of Apple products which you should not buy. Why not? They are not worthy of your money even if Apple still has them available for sale. Why is does Apple want to sell products that an Apple customer would not recommend? Read on.
Old Is Not New
If a product has never been sold by a retailer to a customer does that still make it a new product? I don’t think so. It may not be used in the used car sense, but not being pre-owned doesn’t make it new, either. Here’s my list of Apple products to avoid.
Mac mini – Apple downgraded the Mac mini with the last upgrade three years ago and hasn’t bothered to make a change since. What does that say? 1) Apple’s Mac engineers are lazy, 2) inventory is very high, 3) something new is coming. Let’s go with what’s behind Door #3, Monte.
MacBook Air – It’s still $1,000 and still doesn’t have a Retina display. Honestly, I’m not sure anymore what Apple is doing to the entire Mac line except ignoring it, but the MacBook Air remains much beloved as an entry-level Mac, and if you spend extra money it can be a powerful notebook, but boy is this little doggy long in the tooth.
iPad mini 4 – Yes, the iPad Pro is the cat’s meow among tablets, and even the $369 iPad saw a refresh and seems like a bargain at that price, but the even smaller iPad mini hasn’t seen an upgrade in years. If it’s not on Death Row then it’s Dead iPad Walking.
iPod touch – Yeah, you can still buy iPods. Who knew, right? The only model iPod you can get these days is the touch and even its years old by iPhone standards. It has an A8 CPU, an 8MP camera, but five colors– space gray, blue, gold, pink, and silver. A 32GB model is $200 and 128GB is $300. An iPhone SE, in every way more powerful can be had for $150 more.
Mac Pro – except for the few who need real power, the Mac Pro line is all but dead, end-of-life by Apple itself when the company pre-announced a replacement; due next year, or maybe the year after, but with an interim iMac Pro due later in 2017 (in space gray) which promises to be more powerful, more capable, and more Pro.
Watch Series 1 – there are times when I do not understand Apple’s product migration methodology. First, there was Watch. Then it became Watch Series 0 and later we had Watch Series 1, Series 2, and now Series 3 and Series 3 LTE. But now no Watch Series 2. We’re back to Series 1 again. The price starts at $249 while Watch Series 3 with GPS is just $329.
Apple TV – no, not the Apple TV 4K for $179, but Apple TV from three or four years ago for $149– just $30 less for much older technology. Honestly, I do not understand why Apple sells old products as if they are new products, $30 discount not withstanding.
I could slice and dice the iPhone line which ranges from $349 to $1,149, but some of those in-between models– iPhone 6s an iPhone 6s Plus, I’m looking at you– should not be part of the mix, price notwithstanding. They are old. Apple sells them as if they are new. They are not.