• Yay N, 7 years ago

    I get that people might be disappointed at the new Macbooks but at the same time I’m a bit surprised at how many want to jump the shark. Without having any real life idea of how those new Surface products actually work. My experience with Surface is that there's been a lot of quality issues in the past, both with the hardware and accessories. Personally I still think that Mac OS is a lot more refined than Windows 10.

    My 3+ year old Macbook Air is due for an update so I'm definitely upgrading to a MBP this time, partly because of the software I currently need. In a few years time, I might be open to switching platforms but it feels very premature at this moment. So if I were you, I’d wait another six months or so and see what the verdict is on the new Surfaces. Could be a game changer if Microsoft gets it right.

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    • Darrell HanleyDarrell Hanley, 7 years ago

      I don't think that the Surface products are the right line to jump to, but I've personally gotten very tired of paying $3k every 3-4 years and never really being fully satisfied with the machine I buy. The cap at 16GB of RAM didn't help, and the 2TB SSD option are prohibitively expensive, and the configuration that would most match my current configuration is now $3.2k, up $200 for a touchscreen I don't really want and don't think will improve my experience. I don't actively look at my keyboard while I use my computer, and I dock my Macbook Pro at home, using an external display, and apple's wireless keyboard and trackpad instead.

      I also wanted official support for connecting to an external GPU. Intel supports this feature. The new Macbook Pro has Thunderbolt 3 by way of USB-C, so the parts are in place, but no support, presumably because no one would ever produce the drivers for it, nor would Apple allow them to.

      I don't think that Apple undisputedly makes the best optimized hardware anymore. I think OSX is better than Windows 10, mind you, but most out of personal preference rather than feature specific reasons why its better. I think Apple has also focused too heavily on lifestyle features (Apple Pay, Emoji keyboard, Siri) rather than aiding professionals, while simultaneously raising the price for those professionals.

      I upgraded last year to my current Macbook Pro, and won't be buying another computer for at least another 2 years, most likely 3 years. I'm reluctantly tied to OSX because I use tools that are, at present, OSX only like Sketch and Flinto. I think I will evaluate windows options for laptops when I'm due an upgrade, and perhaps step down to a base model iMac for access to Xcode and other OSX only software at home. I'm hopeful that Bohemian Coding and a few of the other developers reevaluate and go multi-platform over the course of the next few years, but in the meantime I'll be taking a second look at Figma and Adobe XD as possible replacements.

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      • Nathan HueningNathan Huening, 7 years ago

        I don't think that Apple undisputedly makes the best optimized hardware anymore. I think OSX is better than Windows 10

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