As a longtime Linux user and proponent I’ve come to take with a grain of salt all the criticism hurled my way by Mac users and Windows users. “When is it going to be ‘The Year of Linux?‘” I know, I know.
Hey, Linux won already. Android is Linux and that makes it the most used operating system on planet earth. If so, how could anyone say 2019 is ‘The Year of the Mac?” It might be a stretch, but let me explain.
Apple Was Mac
There was a time, way back in the day, when Apple and the Mac were synonymous. Apple was Mac. Mac was Apple. Sure, Apple had a history of failures before the Mac arrived in 1984 (and slow Mac sales likely helped Steve Jobs get kicked out of Apple) but it’s been the heart of the company ever since, iPhone and iPad notwithstanding.
So, what’s this about ‘The Year of the Mac?” Apple has drawn a line between Mac and iPad. Regardless of how powerful the latter can be, iPad power remains expensive and there are sufficient limitations in iOS that it may take years to compete with macOS Santa Monica. Plus, the Mac has a special spot in the heart of all at Mac360. It’s not iPhone360.
A Mac renaissance is about to take over the PC world. Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 7 in a year, and despite the highest prices in the PC world, Windows users still switch to the Mac more frequently than the other way around.
Even better, Apple seems to have put the Mac on a good track for hardware improvements. The new Mac mini is drool worthy and the MacBook Air is a worthy successor to one of the best known Macs ever. iMac Pro is awesome power in a package that costs less than the original 1984 Mac (in 1984 dollars, adjusted for inflation), and the iMac line– somewhat in need of an Intel Inside refresh– is the standard for desktops and all-in-one models.
MacBook Pros are price competitive with comparable hardware from Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others. What about the MacBook? This one could use a refresh, thanks to a keyboard that critics hate, and a price tag higher than the improved specifications in MacBook Air, and the same price as a better value entry-level MacBook Pro.
It may be awhile before Apple puts its own A-Series CPUs into a Mac, but a smaller, thinner, lighter, less expensive MacBook with Apple Inside would be an excellent move.
Oh, and Apple promised a Mac Pro model in 2019. That means nearly every Mac you can buy– and a few you can’t buy yet but probably will be able to buy in 2019– will have been updated and upgraded in 2019.
Nattering nabobs of negativism and your naysayer cousins take note. The Mac is back and better than ever (it’s just not cheaper than ever).
2019. The Year of the Mac.