Somewhere along the way to high profits and form over function, Apple lost its collective way and started shipping products that were ultra user-friendly– so long as the customer didn’t mind what that meant. Thinner Macs, iPhones, and iPads were the norm. What’s wrong with that?
Small Is Beautiful
My generation is the one that started to buy compact cars instead of Detroit iron that posed as land yachts. The era of small is beautiful and less is more seemed as if it was headed in the right direction until Apple’s former design honcho Jony Ive decided that form over function is what mankind needs, even if man doesn’t want it.
What does that mean?
In the case of Mac notebooks, they became ever lighter, ever thinner, ever less user-friendly. Provided the user was from my era, where swapping out RAM, removing a disk drive, and putting in a new battery were the norms.
Not one of Apple’s newest Mac notebooks gives customers such privileges. It’s best to order your Mac with the maximum RAM and storage you can afford, and treat the battery with care because you won’t be able to upgrade or swap out anything.
Not that long ago, just a few years actually– and we have a few of those Mac notebooks lying around the Mincey Plantation– users could open a little door on the backside of a Mac notebook and add or swap out RAM. It took a bit more work– and the proper tools– to open the case to change the disk drive to a far faster SSD storage (which made very old Mac notebooks seem to run like new models), but anyone who knew how to use an odd screwdriver could get it done.
Mac notebook batteries once were user swappable, too. The back of the Mac had a little slip switch to open the case, and the old battery could be replaced with a new one in less than 60-seconds.
Those days are gone and that’s sad and maybe now that Sir Jony Ive is gone Apple’s more pragmatic executive leadership will recognize that true value may require some user adjustable and replaceable components.
Mac notebooks need these three items.
- User replaceable RAM
- User replaceable battery
- User replaceable SSD storage
Apple fixed the keyboard problem so that’s one step in the right direction.
Yes, we all like thinner, faster, lighter, but can we not sacrifice some of that for options that will upgrade our Mac notebooks to extend their useful lives just a few years more?