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    • Apple now no longer makes even decent laptops. They are inferior to even cheap PC laptops, both in terms of specs and design. Their current MacBook Pro design is turning 3-years old. It has dated hardware and inadequate cooling that fails to keep up with heavy loads. Tim Cook's fantasy of an iOS-ubiquitous world, with Apple Pay and Town Squares dotting the globe, squashes the voices of Apple's loyal fanbase.

      Give us what we want! Great Macs. Now, the $6,000 2019 MacPro is a start, but about $3500 overpriced. That's just insulting.

      Reading rumors that Apple will release a 16" MacBook Pro only adds to my frustration. I want a slightly larger screen. But My current 15" MacBook Pro is 15.4", so 16" inches would hardly be a noticeable difference. Really? That's what's coming Apple?

      I am a jaded Apple fanboy that has been holding out for good hardware for years, but maybe I'll get a ZenBook Duo instead. Who's with me?

      📷Viktor Kadar

    • Macs are a legacy business for Apple. Just look at the numbers sold and income compared to phones/tablets. So, yeah, they stopped caring. They do pay lip service to Macs, but their heart is not in it for quite some time. And that is not likely to change in the future.

      I use Macs at work (company policy, dev environment is tailored to it) and appreciate the build quality and not having to fuss about configuration, drivers and stuff. But, if I had to pay out of my pocket, PCs all the way. Same hardware spec, literally half the price.

    • Apple stopped innovating in ways that helped the creative process with their Macs. The touch bar was a cool idea and has some uses but overall hasn't been a huge hit and that's about all they have. And they've made a few that have set them back like the butterfly keyboard which wasn't a big improvement use wise and mostly let them have a thinner notebook. After a few years it looks like they're abandoning it soon after countless issues.

      Of all companies Microsoft seems to be pushing what a computer can be, I picked up a Surface Pro 6 last month and have been thinking about making a post about it here because it's the first device which has actually changed how I interact with my work. Going to an iMac 5k was nice in terms of the screen but in the end I used LR/PS the same as with anything else and with essentially the same input devices (mouse/gamepad/wacom tablet). With the Surface though I'm using the touch screen to zoom, I just grab the pen off the side to do some touch ups, these sound like little things but really did create for a noticeably different experience. And the calibrated screen on there with a good contrast ratio doesn't hurt either.

      The thing about Apple is that they have all this tech laying around with the iPad Pro. A 2 in 1 that folds like a XPS 2 in 1 or Lenovo Yoga wouldn't be a parts bin computer, but it wouldn't be far off either. Or they could go all in like Microsoft and make a tablet with a keyboard and Adobe's apps already have support for that sort of thing thanks to Microsoft. But they won't because that's the iPad Pro's market and that kinda segmentation is keeping them from having a product with broader appeal. There are a lot of people who an iPad Pro is great for, I know a few who love theirs but last month when I needed a device that was lighter to do edits on site after a lot of thought I decided that iPadOS and the mobile apps just didn't cut it for my workflow.

      And I'm kinda glad because I had no idea how great the Surface would turn out to be, it was supposed to be just a system for when I needed something really small but now I'm using it more and more for my work.

    • dev environment is tailored to it

      This is the only reason I still use a Mac, and I don't see an easy out. I believe MacOS is the best OS for most programmers because of the Unix shell it's built on. And so many things, like NodeJS, are maintained with heavy bias for being developed on MacOS.

    • Apple stopped innovating

      Steve Jobs once predicted early in his career this would happen and saw it in other: "[IBM and Xerox] got away from the innovation that made them so successful in the first place."

      It feels like Apple is doing exactly what Steve feared. The new MacPro illustrates this. Its design is essentially a revision of the 2006 MacPro G5. The thing everyone is talking about with this new MacPro is its ability to swallow 1.5TB of RAM. That feels like a marketing decision. Having the highest max ram support in a prosumer workstation is a good spec to advertise, but the reality is 99.999% of people don't need that and 99.99999% of people can't afford 1.5TB of RAM. Servers have had 1.5TB+ of ram of ages now. We need innovation. And machines people can afford.

    • Long-time Apple fanboy here. I'm sorry to say I have fully lost faith in their laptops. I have a 2016, 15-inch that I paid $5,000 for and then $1,700 for repairs. If there's one thing I've learned from using it every day, I've never figured out how to type well as with the butterfly keyboard as I can with other laptops. There is no other factor that matters as much to me anymore.

      I bought a bluetooth keyboard from Logitech for it and I can type really well on that, but I have to use it with mouse and not in my lap.

      So now I'm actively looking for a non-Apple laptop, at least for web surfing and writing. Any suggestions? I had a Google Pixel for awhile and had a great experience with that. I could type really well. But I need something capable of running adobe products for photo and video editing.

    • The Zenbook Duo is pretty sweet and innovative. Dual screens in what looks like a super useable form factor. The screen above the keyboard would be excellent for keeping a chat app like Slack open and maybe an email client.

      Hardware inside might be overkill for just web surfing unless you're a tab-a-holic like myself. But the hardware would be ideal for photo and video editing.

    • There's too many options out on the PC side (for better and worse). To narrow it down a bit what size are you looking for?

      On the scale of portability vs power which one is more important.

      And do you do a lot of sustained processing like large imports over a couple hundred images, or video rendering?

    • I don't have much need for a laptop so I really don't have a horse in this race, but I do have a fully spec'd up 2019 5K imac and am quite satisfied with it. It works really well for my graphic design, photography and video production business. 64gb of ram and a Radeon Pro Video card and it crunches everything I make quick and easy.

      I bought a 12" iPad Pro with keyboard thinking it might do some of the things I might need a laptop for, but it's turned out to be limited in my business use. Mainly because there isn't a viable file management system in IOS and there's also no way to read my Nikon's XQD cards without a power source for the reader. I do get some professional use out of it with drawing apps and the pencil and it's a good games machine. But as a laptop alternative it's 4/10.

      I also have a Galaxy Tab and that is much more useful in the field because you can drag and drop files in Android and the XQD is powered by the USB3. It's a more versatile OS.

      I like the Surface Pro too. Don't own one, but I do like 'em. Tres funky.

    • That's definitely an interesting concept, my main concern would be using it as an actual laptop since that keyboard layout would make you want to push it further out and it's already a decently sized computer. Then there's the hinge in the back which on a desk pushes up the back of the computer, it's definitely something I'd want to test drive a bit unless I was using it at a desk primarily.

      The niche I see that laptop filling is for the power user who needs a second display that they can take with them while traveling or going somewhere where they can sprawl out a little bit with it. For that it's an awesome concept, I would love to have the LR second screen option on it. And hopefully this is the way that PC makers go with a few more unique designs chasing those niches, you're giving some things up but it could have a big impact on productivity for some workflows.

    • Not disagreeing with you, but I’m still using my MacBook Air (Mid 2013 model). I love it and it works great. I’m a pretty simple user that only cares to write articles, check e-mail, and reply to texts, so I’m probably not in the same demographic as you are. If anything, this post makes me feel good to still be rocking my MacBook Air. It sounds like I’m not missing much. LOL

    • glad you wrote this. I have been looking at the Surface for a while now and wondering if it will make work “easier?”


      hmmmh


      saw yesterday that the Suface Pro X was announced ....

    • I'm getting close to springing for the Zenbook Duo. Watching Sara use Premiere and Lightroom on the Duo at the end of this pretty much sold me. It's not anything like that on my MacBook Pro.

    • The lower screen is a good form factor for housing Photoshop toolbars and Premiere timelines. Load it with RAM and storage for your creative projects.

    • On second thought, you might want to wait to see what Apple announces this October. They have a tendency to overhaul their MacBook Pros every three years, and the dated MacBook Touch Bar was announced three years ago. There’s a possibility it could be very competitive specs wise to the Duo, though it will definitely not have two screens.

    • Well I finally broke down and bought the 16-inch MacBook Pro given the positive experiences I’ve been reading about. It’s just too much work to switch to Windows after all the apps I have and the rest of my stuff.

      By the time I got the 64 GB of RAM, 4 TB of SSD, upgraded graphics, processor and Appkecare, it came in at $5,766.74. 😢🤷💩💰

    • I hope you have a strategy for keeping it cool. I haven't used the more recent Adobe products but when I used to use Adobe, a Macbook Pro's fans began sounding like a jet engine when the processor was being pounded.

    • As the rumors go, when Jony Ive left the company, the engineers had more latitude to make the devices a little thicker to provide better cooling and keyboard travel.

      I’ll soon find out because I received a loaded beast today: