Math matters. Apple just finished a financial quarter and year and the Mac set new sales records. More Mac sales than ever. 80-percent of all Macs sold are Mac notebooks. So, how is it the ‘MacBook’ is a disaster?
Negativity bias is a real thing. You see it everywhere; among friends, among co-workers, especially among media outlets, and certainly from politicians.
The president has claimed many times that NAFTA was a disaster, that climate change is a hoax, that various agreements made with most of the rest of the world were terrible for America. Maybe so. Maybe not. But one thing is sure. There are no details to back up the assertions.
I don’t mind a negative premise, but show me some facts to back it up. Facts. What does this have to do with the Mac? Charlie Sorrel:
The MacBook is a disaster. Can Apple fix it?
I don’t know. We still can’t fix sensationalist journalism.
Disaster? How so? After all, Apple just sold more Macs than ever in the past year, and more highly anticipated models are on the way.
Despite the endless disappointments with iPadOS 13, there’s still no way I’d switch to a MacBook right now.
I see two issues in the first sentence of this anti-Apple screed from a website that makes a living because Apple is still in business.
The first is the endless disappointments with iPadOS 13. Look, software has bugs. New software has newer bugs. Nothing new, right? But where’s the list? I have iPadOS 13 running on an iPad Pro and have yet to experience even a hiccup.
But, I don’t get paid for building headlines out of air.
The second issue is the so-called ‘MacBook.’ Apple does not make a MacBook anymore. You might find some refurbished ones online, certainly a few used ones, but Apple discontinued the last generation of MacBooks.
The entry-level Mac notebook is MacBook Air. The Mac notebook line has two Macs– Air and Pro.
MacBooks (and MacBook Pros) were always the gold (or aluminum?) standard for laptops — reliable, well-designed and long-lasting. Reviewers would even recommend that PC users buy a Mac and install Windows on it via Boot Camp. But today, MacBooks problems abound.
I had a titanium Mac notebook once.
OK, where is the list of all the MacBook problems? Here’s the list:
The butterfly keyboard – likely fixed with the third generation, but Apple will fix all of the butterfly designs, and a new generation is on the way anyway. Remember? Records sales. Not a disaster. That tells me the number of butterfly keyboard disasters might not be a big number.
MacBook Ports – All of them ar USB-C these days; Thunderbolt, too. What some so-called Mac users want are more ports. OK. Buy the MacBook Pro. Pro means more. Deal with it.
Upgradable Storage And RAM – OK, we’re done. That’s it. I wouldn’t mind getting the option to swap out a battery, install more RAM, even drop in a newer and larger SSD storage, but look around. Do all of Microsoft’s Surface PC notebooks let you do that? Dell? HP?
The trend is toward closed devices because, well, they’re damned complicated inside these days. My MacBook Pro’s battery swelled up a few months ago and I looked around online to get a cheaper-than-Apple replacement battery. Available? Yes. Much cheaper. I decided not to because, well, it’s complicated.
One. More. Thing.
All of this amounts to a loss of trust. In the past, I’d never think twice about what kind of computer to buy. It would be a Mac. And, while there’s no way I’m switching to Linux, Chrome or Windows just yet, I’m not buying anything. Instead, I’ll keep my old iMac chugging along, even though it can’t run anything newer than macOS High Sierra. And I’ll endure the frustrations of trying to get work done on an iPad “Pro” running iOS 13.
Of course, there is no list of anything wrong with running iOS 13 on iPad because, well, it’s iPadOS 13, not iOS 13. And, did you notice that Charlie doesn’t even use a Mac notebook? Charlie uses an iMac.
Why all the bitching?