As a long time Mac-enthusiast website, we have seen a lot of trends come and go. Certainly, as Macs tend to be somewhat “viral” in terms of their use, while, at least in my opinion, an “Opinion Leader”-platform, there are always fresh things to talk about. While Macs are certainly solid, they are prone to issues, and are about as far from flawless as you can get. So having seen a ton of Mac news since the dawn of time, there’s something about PC World’s “How To Switch From A Mac To A PC” that actually gets the interest a rollin’ But why would one switch from the classic Mac to Windows? The PCWorld writer has some interesting thoughts:
My beef with Apple is the lack of polish I’ve been seeing in the software over the past few years (don’t get me started on the state of iTunes), and the amount of trouble I’ve had personally with the hardware since investing $2,700 for my current laptop. My workflow has been plagued by graphical glitches, slowdowns, and occasional refusal on the part of my ports to recognize external storage media. At times, my MacBook Pro has outright refused to boot. Heck, I couldn’t get it to format an SD card if my life depended on it. Reinstalling MacOS has done nothing to sort out these issues, nor has restoring my system from a Time Machine backup.
So, sounds like classic user issues. We’ve all been there. But this is starting to look like a systemic issue for Apple, which I suppose is not surprising. The margins on the Pro and the classic desktops are probably pretty grim when compared to the IPhone. The result is that some of the original intentions of the brand’s boxes are starting to get blurred, and the key audience isolated:
Apple once catered to creatives—hardcore power users in film and music production, desktop publishing, and other artistic endeavors. They valued the company’s hardware for its performance and ease of use. But the last update to the company’s iconic Mac Pro desktop was years ago. The company’s MacBook Pro laptop line saw years of underwhelming incremental updates before being given a serious overhaul a few months ago.
This is also not idle talk. The MacBook has been kind of a redheaded stepchild for Apple, despite the fact that along with the original iPod and iPhone, it was supposed to be the result of the “gateway” that was their portable devices. Certainly, we’ve addressed some of the main problems with the company’s virtual abandonment of the MacBook Pro before, but it’s interesting to see this article.
What is not particularly interesting is that Seamus Bellamy, the writer of the article who calls himself a “20 year Mac veteran”, has not actually got into the guts of moving systems. Published February 14 of 2017, the article currently only has a part 1. Naturally, as it seems the opposite of a billion articles that talk about switching from Windows to Mac, we are very intrigued.
Needless to say, we will be watching to see what PCWorld, and Bellamy do over the next months. This should provide rare insight on a machine that has developed more than a couple of difficulties:
If the feedback from professional reviewers and everyday users like you are to be believed, however, the release of Apple’s latest laptops have done more to aggravate consumers than excite them in the way the company was once known for. Having done away with all ports save one for headphones and a few holes for Thunderbolt 3/Displayport 1.2 and USB-C connections, owners of Apple’s latest have been forced to invest in a forest of dongles so they can continue to use their trusty peripherals.
Do dongles suck? Why yes they do. Do Beats Headphones also suck pretty bad considering their insane price? Yes. They do. So this series bears watching. Although it’s unlikely to convince a “Zealot” to move on from the platform, it will be a nice guide for pretty much everyone.