PCMag: Apple Is Ready to Ditch the Mac

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Personally I don’t get why dyson gets so much attention, I find their vacuums to be very on-par with the rest.

Their battery stuff is cool
 

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I know plenty of businesses that run Linux servers with Mac frontends. The biggest issue is that sysadmin's aren't really sysadmin's anymore and can't handle anything but Windows frontends.
I'm not sure what position that Windows guy was put in but the sys admin roll has changed in the last few years with companies and people expecting to much out of that one position.
Everyone expects a Jack of all trades and a master of everything. They no longer want a specialist on specific subject with a little of cross training in-between. So that Cisco , Linux , Unix or windows admin has been pretty much pigeon holed into being an all in one admin.
You're better off having a group of specialist with some cross training than an all in one person mentally and physically stretched out all over the place.
BTW I see no problem with just MAC and Linux or a single OS but exceed 150 or 200 head count and at some point you have to bring in windows... I could be wrong :p
 
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Every iPad owner I know, the thing was a gimmick that got used for like a week, and then was tossed into some dusty corner because it couldn't replace their laptop or desktop, and wasn't really portable like a smartphone. I don't even really see anyone using tablets in public any longer. Everyone is either on a smartphone, or if they have serious work to get done, a laptop.

Replying from an iPad right now. It's what I use for basic web and YouTube all the time.
 

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Every iPad owner I know, the thing was a gimmick that got used for like a week, and then was tossed into some dusty corner because it couldn't replace their laptop or desktop, and wasn't really portable like a smartphone. I don't even really see anyone using tablets in public any longer. Everyone is either on a smartphone, or if they have serious work to get done, a laptop.

I got double laughs out of this, first from the post, second from the likes.

There are plenty of uses for tablets. You'll get a lot of heh heh he out of your comrades here simply because of the slice of the audience H commands is an echo chamber of your own small minded viewpoint. Anecdotal evidence is anecdotal.
 

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Why does Wall Street want this? Looks at the PDF summary from their last quarter. Agreed Mac is in third place for revenue, but that is still a good amount of revenue. https://www.apple.com/newsroom/pdfs/fy17-q4/Q4FY17DataSummary.pdf
It also grew from the previous year at a nice clip. This is stuff Wall Street likes to see.

Wall St would love to see it because it frees up resource and allows more concentration on the parts that bring in 85% of the revenue.

Mac is a anchor as far as Wall Street is concerned.


e.g Dump something worth a $1 billion to make $2 billion.

Yes it is that crazy.
 

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always wondered if that was a boy or a girl in that commercial. leave it to apple
 

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Ok well I'll break that narrative for you. I resisted the iPad for a very long time. I'm pretty much die hard android and PC. However my last job required and provided iPads for work. I own 4 Android tablets, Phones and about 8 PC's and laptops. I grudgingly took the iPad because I had no other choice. In the 3 years I've used it, the experience has been absolutely positive the entire time. There are quite a few things it just flat out does better than any of my android tablets. Now don't get me wrong, I'm still never buying an iPhone and it certainly isn't replacing my laptops ever..but frankly right now the next tablet purchase for me is going to be an iPad unless something changes. I've used every tablet on the market and the iPad is right now the best overall one. At the end of the day brand is less important than functionality to me. I've stuck exclusively to android because up until the Ipad 3 I felt android was superior. That is no longer the case.
like what functionality? Legit curious.
 

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I run a MacBook pro as my daily driver and have done so for years. If Apple would release a windows iMessage client I'd dump it in a second. There was a time that no windows laptop could compare to a MacBook but that time has long passed. That combined with the fact that Apple thinks a notebook with ONLY USB-C ports resembles anything even slightly "pro" just confirms the fact that they've completely lost touch with reality.

Please Apple, kill the Mac and allow your software services to be used from Windows.
 

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Apple hasn't seemed to care about OSX for a while now. The desktop line gets a bump in specs every few years or so but the OS development has slowed down quite a bit. They have become a company that sells phones and occasionally a desktop and laptop. I was in an Apple store this weekend to kill some time and no one was looking at the desktops or laptops. Everyone was there for a phone or iPad. I asked one of the sales people if they sold many of them and she laughed, said most of the people in the store were there to get a phone fixed or buy a new one.

I can see Apple ditching x86 for their own ARM chip, tossing iOS on a desktop/laptop and modifying the interface a tad. Add an emulation layer so that people can transition to the new OS. They have done it before and will do it again. There is also nothing to stop them from selling a dock for your iPad Pro to make it into a desktop.

As for the development side of things, how hard would it be to toss some dev tools out on the iPad, have to have a pro and buy the app.

This is Apple, they don't care about what is best for the consumer, they care about what the consumer will buy and put up with.
 

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Not exactly sure what your case is supposed to be but hopefully you realize that the iPad chart is measured in millions and the mac chart in thousands....

iPads are dying fast. And iPads only outsell more expensive Macs by 2:1.

10.3m iPads, and 5.4m Macs sold in financial Q4 2017, straight from Apple.
 

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I have to use a Mac for my line of work. I've gotten used to some of the quirks - but there are some parts that are not terrible. (I'd argue the same with any operating system - they all have issues.) But, I'll agree Apple doesn't seem to be doing much with macOS. I think it will be minor changes over time and nothing major. They consider it a mature platform and sales are not enough to justify spending too much on the platform.
My money is on them having macOS possibly move to ARM at some point using their custom processors.
 

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Except for the fact that you cannot write Apps for iOS without a Mac somewhere in your development workflow.

I am not a Mac user, but every time I see some story about the Mac being killed off I wonder how they manage to skip that minor detail.
This.. and then some. Not to mention the yearly fee.
 

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like what functionality? Legit curious.

Normal tablet functionality..nothing special at all. Just consumption of media and gps (google app). The iPad has just honestly given the best overall experience over all my android tablets and I've had everything from several Asus Transformers to samsung Galaxy's. It isn't saying they aren't good as they are perfectly fine. Just saying that the 16gb iPad air I've had from my company has just overall been better across the board, at least enough so to justify the little price difference. Which is rare for apple as almost none of their crap justifies its price premium imo.
 

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This is Apple, they don't care about what is best for the consumer, they care about what the consumer will buy and put up with.

TIL Apple is a publicly traded company. Edit : /s
 
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Every iPad owner I know, the thing was a gimmick that got used for like a week, and then was tossed into some dusty corner because it couldn't replace their laptop or desktop, and wasn't really portable like a smartphone. I don't even really see anyone using tablets in public any longer. Everyone is either on a smartphone, or if they have serious work to get done, a laptop.

My Wife had an iPad for about a month and tossed it. At her job, she carries a Samsung tablet everywhere. It is easier to use than her phone, especially when reviewing hospital construction plans. A phone is just too small.

She also has a laptop with docking station in her office, but she rarely needs to use it.

On the iPad, she concluded, "Biggest waste of money ever. Too many restrictions [I am paraphrasing this one as the list is long]. Too many compatibility problems."
 

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Good thing a lot of people use Mac's for professional multimedia production... Only to be thrown to the curb, yet again...
 

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The real loser will be me and my Mac Pro racks. :(

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Just kidding I am not Mac Pro Rack Rich... I only have like 103 bitcoins.
 

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I'm not sure what position that Windows guy was put in but the sys admin roll has changed in the last few years with companies and people expecting to much out of that one position.
Everyone expects a Jack of all trades and a master of everything. They no longer want a specialist on specific subject with a little of cross training in-between. So that Cisco , Linux , Unix or windows admin has been pretty much pigeon holed into being an all in one admin.
You're better off having a group of specialist with some cross training than an all in one person mentally and physically stretched out all over the place.
BTW I see no problem with just MAC and Linux or a single OS but exceed 150 or 200 head count and at some point you have to bring in windows... I could be wrong :p

It's your job, you should be a jack of all trades where anything IT related is concerned - Otherwise you're not a real tech.
 

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First: Dvorak is still alive?

This - I remember his arse from the late 80's when I lived in AZ. One of the main guys in my Amiga User group locked horns with him over some stupid remarks he published. Apparently, not much has changed...
 
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