Few publications capture the essence of humanity the way ZDNet does on a nearly daily basis. Where would we be without talented and experienced technology writers to show us the way, and point to the errors of, well, Apple.
That’s right, boys and girls. Apple builds hideous design flaws into every product it makes, and then charges a premium for the privilege to use such flawed gadgets. Thankfully, the folks at ZDNet know their way around flawed designs. I know my way around flawed logic.
Hideous, Just Hideous
Most Mac users use Mac notebooks. Apple says about 80-percent of all Macs sold are notebooks. Why would Apple sell a Mac with such an obvious design flaw?
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes found it:
Within about 30 seconds of starting to use my new MacBook Pro, I noticed something annoying. My palm and thumb kept brushing against the large trackpad, both when typing and when using the trackpad.
Color me a bit ham-fisted because I can snap logs with my bare hands but I have two Mac notebooks and neither one gives me such a problem. I put my fingers where they need to go, not where they don’t need to go.
This is an annoyance because it detects the brush as a tap, enthusiastically moving the cursor about the screen randomly as a result, causing all sorts of mayhem.
Move your damned fingers out of the way!
That’s what I do. Problem solved. Or, maybe not. Apple is a devious company and works diligently to build in design flaws so technology writers will have something onerous to complain about while other applaud the exact same feature.
While some seem to be happy with having a larger trackpad surface area, many feel that the thing is too big and gets in the way of typing. Others like the larger trackpad but wish that Apple had better palm rejection capability built into macOS to allow the accidental brushes to be ignored by the operating system.
I read the same thing about iPad and iPhone. Both have some kind of built-in detection to determine exactly when a touch is a touch aimed at, well, touching something that needs to be touched, vs. something that touches but wasn’t intended to touch.
It’s almost as if Apple got so focused on wanting a bigger trackpad so as to differentiate the laptops from earlier models that it didn’t consider how to make them usable.
Apple is all about form over function, you know. I read it on the internet. They can’t put something on the internet unless it’s true. Big is better. Small is beautiful. Apparently, nobody at Apple even bothered to try out the new and larger Mac notebook trackpads before Apple shipped them. It was the same with the original butterfly keyboards from a few years ago. Yes, dust and hair could get caught in them and render the keyboards unfriendly and unusable.
That was a design flaw Apple knew about before it shipped the offensive keyboards. Just ask anyone who had to cough up real money to buy half a new Mac to get it fixed. They’ll tell you the same thing.
For the Mincey Macs we try to keep the keyboard clean, the screens dust free, and whenever a new update comes around, we try to adapt to the 1) different keyboard, 2) different trackpad, 3) different screen, 4) different updates in macOS, and, well, you get the idea.
Change happens. Nothing improves without change. Adapt or be assimilated.
I’m hoping that my brain learns to accommodate for the larger trackpad. But reading other people’s experiences with it, I’m not 100 percent confident that this will happen.
The problem here is less Apple and more about technology writers who need something to complain about because, 1) they get paid by the word, and 2) negativity bias means believability, and 3) anything can be twisted backwards for personal gain.
iPhone XS Max display? Too big, right? iPad Pro? Too expensive, right? Apple Watch? Too ugly, right? iPhone XR? Ugly colors, right?
We may not like a trackpad or keyboard or display or some other feature or function, but Apple does not build devices for individual tastes. Mac, iPhone, and iPad are built to be used by hundreds of millions of customers and sales would indicate the company does a fair job, even if some customers won’t admit to be heavy handed, shortsighted, and ham-fisted.