Change is inevitable. Nothing improves without change. A good example of what is coming over the horizon is Apple’s Mac App Store. Can you say anemic? Far too many apps on the Mac App Store haven’t been upgraded in years because app developers cannot make much money.
Apple decided to fix that.
Despite the trend toward subscription apps, the Mac App Store has yet to do much to help grow the Mac’s customer base; stuck somewhere around 100-million users. To drum up more interest in the Mac as a platform for developers, Apple initiated Project Catalyst; a software solution that makes it easier for iPhone and iPad app developers to port their wares to macOS.
What you won’t see from Catalyst-like apps are the likes of Microsoft Office, or Adobe’s Photoshop or Creative Cloud Suite or even Final Cut Pro. Instead, Apple shows us the way toward the future of Mac apps by killing off iTunes and replacing it with Music, Podcasts, Stocks, Voice Memos, News, and others.
In other words, iPad-like apps that run on the Mac and that do not require Mac app developers to build a Mac app from the ground up. Mac customers will be treated to more Mac apps that run much like their iPad or iPhone counterparts.
Will Catalyst apps save the Mac?
Nica Osorio seems to think the Mac is dead anyway.
The Macbook Pro is one of the iconic products of Apple; however, over the years, it seems that the tech giant has deliberately pushed it back from the limelight.
Wait? What? iPhone maybe? Apple might sell 20-million Macs a year, almost 40-million iPads a year, but around 150-million iPhones in the same period. Apple knows which side of the bread gets the peanut butter and jelly.
Somehow, though I think Apple knows more than technology analysts who don’t have a pedigree in analysis.
Forbes reveals the possible reason why Apple cut off the MacBook Pro.
Oh, Forbes. Ignore anything about Apple that shows up on Forbes because Yellow Journalism.
The Apple MacBook Pro is now a pale replica of the original masterpiece that helped the company earn its reputation
Today’s MacBook Pro models are the best ever, and certainly improved over past versions, butterfly keyboard design notwithstanding.
When Microsoft released a lighter series of laptops, Apple picked up the challenge and released the MacBook Air series.
Uh huh. Sure. Facts say otherwise because Microsoft’s first Surface notebook was launched in 2012 while Apple’s first MacBook Air launched in 2008.
Maybe the writer just doesn’t like Tim Cook. Or, Apple. Or, facts.
His leadership deemed that the needs of products other than the iPhone would be subservient.
I’m not altogether sure what that means but under Cook the Mac is selling better than ever.
Facts matter, dude. So does logic and plausibility. Regarding the iPhone vs. the Mac:
with the Mac losing its place as one of the company’s premier products.
Hmmm. Let’s see.
Since we’re talking hardware, what are Apple’s premier hardware products? Well, iPhone. iPad, too. The Mac, of course. Then maybe Watch, AirPods, Beats headphones, and accessories.
That tells me the Mac remains a premier hardware product at Apple and analysis from Osorio and Forbes should be avoided.