Originally Posted by msalganik
Well I am an apple fan... just got a new macbook pro, I've got an iPhone 4S and am planing on getting the iPad mini if it materializes. That out of the way, the new maps is bs in regards to content. I don't say this to hate on Apple, but when a company does something bad, I want them to know about it, otherwise they have no motivation to improve. They should've allowed for a year where the native google apps stuck around, sans turn by turn, along side the apple maps and NEXT year (iOS7), when apple maps would have the data it needs, then it would fly solo. This however was just plain dumb, and I hope that it is a reflection of conditions outside of their control (contract options with google) and not a sign of myopic, dim-witted decision making on the part of Apple execs. That said, I hope they don't just improve to fix bugs. I hope they swing for the fences and have it offer all the data/features (maybe not street view) that Google offers and more but in a faster, more user friendly iteration. Push the envelope guys... you've got the cash. On a side note, cut the @#$! with soldering in components like you did on your MPB. Design decisions like that kept me from spending more money of the retina macbook pro and getting the "old" unibody version instead. If you discontinue the unibodies and don't change this whole soldering deal with the retinas, I'm afraid my love affair with the mac will be over. I love your OS X, but I refuse to be forced into paying extortionist prices for ram and SSD (which are inferior)... I'll pay a premium for the apple computer but I want the freedom to extend it's life with basic upgrades later. Your computers are really nice but they aren't precious jewels that your users dare not open... and that's coming from a dedicated apple fan.
I see this crap so often I just have to respond to it even though this is a dead thread (and you're obviously a paid troll, complete with boilerplate "I own umpty-jillion Apple devices" from the supplied playbook.)
All the changes in Apple products for the last several years have been in pursuit of rigidity and solidity at all costs, and the devil take the hindmost. I would see the lists of problems that people were complaining about in their macs (well, laptops, mostly), and the vast majority seemed to me to be due to broken connections. Apple knew why they were getting a unit back, and obviously drew the same conclusion. Connections are the root of all evil—plug-in connections like RAM are the worst, obviously, where the conductors can oxidize, dirt and dust can intrude, etc., but soldered connections are a problem as well, especially with the brittle lead-free solder everybody has to use nowadays.
The problem is case flex. Watch people picking up their laptops by one corner to lay them on a table or hand them to somebody else. Now do that a few thousand times and metal fatigue will do the rest—a broken connection to a port or a disk drive or whatever. There are two possible solutions: make the case extremely rigid so that there is no flex, or attach every internal piece loosely enough that the stress never gets communicated to their connections—let rattling and vibration do the job instead.
Most laptop makers seem to have chosen the second course, Apple chose the first. The came up with the unibody case, which is rigid enough that case flex is no longer a problem. Notice that they introduced the new case even though the lithium-polymer battery that could be molded to fit every little oddball cranny of the interior wasn't ready when it was supposed to be. They put out the unibody case with the old cans-in-a-box battery even though this meant they had to sacrifice something to fit it in. They chose the Firewire port, and decided to listen to a year of bitching and moaning about that rather than sell another years worth of bendy laptops with connections breaking all over the place.
Once that problem was dealt with, it was time to eliminate another huge failure point, the plug-in type of connection like RAM and disk drives use. They carefully scrutinized what percentage of users actually ever upgraded their system (vs. saying they're going to) and found it to be very, very small. The obvious decision is to make people decide how much memory and storage space they want and solder it in. The gain in reliability and longevity is easily worth the (usually imaginary) loss in upgradability. These new MacBook Pros and Airs with the soldered-in memory and flash storage will probably outlive their original owners. Of course, some people are going to complain that they can't modify the machine themselves, but it's a vanishingly small minority who actually would. (Plus a larger group who are absolutely convinced they would, even though they don't.)