We all understand the so-called Apple Tax, but acknowledge that a premium product should work better. Apple gear does. Generally. On slow news days, technology writers trot out was is bad about owning Apple gear they own.
It takes almost no effort to find a pair of wireless earbuds for about $25. AirPods look-a-likes can be $50 or so, but obviously do not sound as good as the originals, and never have all the bells and whistles that Apple provides.
So, why would someone who has used Apple gear for a few years decide,’No more.‘ Then, follow it up with, ‘Maybe. Next year.’ Or, something like that.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes claims to be an Apple customer.
Over the years my investment in Apple’s ecosystem has grown from that one iPod nano to an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, an Apple Watch, and an iPad Pro.
Apple has about 1-billion customers and most of them started the same way.
But now that ethos of “it just works” has been lost. Now the ecosystem is fragmented, buggy, and on the whole frustrating to use.
I work on mixed platforms so I’m familiar with the foibles from Linux, Windows, and Chromebooks, and I can say firsthand, those are not paragons of purity.
I’ve written at length about how buggy the iOS 13 release has been. In fact, it’s been so buggy that Apple is planning to change its internal development process.
This happens every year. Apple launches new software– iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS– and every year there are bugs; some bad, many mostly not, and every year we hear and read about all the problems technology writers have.
There is just one thing missing from such perspectives.
iOS is getting crappier and crappier.
Details. What bugs? Give me a list of a dozen of the worst and most obvious offenders that are new to iOS, or macOS Catalina, or iPadOS.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I had a few bugs of one sort or another. A few apps that I had not upgraded crashed. Even iOS 13 crashed on my new iPhone. Only Apple knows for sure, but nobody compares last year’s bugs to this years.
Hardware quality is also not what it used to be. New hardware is released with bugs that take time to fix, battery life is pretty mediocre across all hardware (with the exception of the iPhone 11 Pro Max), and prices are still eye-wateringly high.
Gimme a break. Compare a high end Surface Pro to a comparable MacBook Pro and see the price differential? Eye watering? No.
OK, hardware is like software. There will be issues. Nothing new here. Move along. But, again, no details other than battery life. Real-world battery life on notebooks is about what it has been on every device, yet we have more usability and functions.
Then there are all the weirdnesses.
The mishmash of USB-C and Lightning, the fact that Apple Pencil doesn’t work on some devices, the intermingling of Touch ID and Face ID, useless features like the Touch Bar, and much more.
I demand another break, because that’s a stupid argument to make. There is no mishmash on Windows? Hello? USB-C, USB-A, MicroUSB, blah blah. Does Samsung’s pencil or Windows Surface pencil work on all devices? Touch Bar is an acquired taste but it tastes better than the hardware function keys.
Bitching is OK. But back up the bitching with some numbers, not anecdotal considerations or personal screeds without merit. I have a similar issue with politicians who decry this treaty or that treaty as terrible, or horrible, or whatever– but never provide an ounce of Why? or How?
Is there any upside with staying on Apple as a platform?
There would be downsides to shifting from Apple, and it’s only fair that I mention them. AppleCare is a good warranty plan, and Apple’s distribution of retail stores where you can get help and support is second to none.
Also, while a three-year-old bit of tech is usually worthless on the secondhand market, Apple gadgets hold their value well, sometimes obscenely well.
And you’ll get that from Microsoft or Google? I don’t think so, dude.