Originally Posted by mstone
I think they are completely out of sync. For example they have six notebooks now
and the new management shake up did not look well planned to say the least. All I see is chaos. As stylish as the new iMacs are, they seem impracticably thin so much so that they had to put the SD card reader on the back. They have totally left the Mac Pro out to pasture and screwed up the Maps app. They also abandoned a large portion of their users when ML would not boot with 32 bit kernel. Yep, sounds like a smooth running machine alright. I'm not criticizing anyone, it just seems to me that everything is sort of falling apart, like iOS 6 needing a new updater app because it couldn't update over the air. Everything is just a patchwork of temporary fixes and placeholders. I'm still upgrading to all the new products except the iPad 4 since I recently purchased the new iPad. I already have the iPhone 5 and the Retina MBP. I've been ready for a new Mac Pro for awhile and also over due for another iMac. Even with all the confusion, they still make the best stuff in my opinion.
Actually, they have three notebooks: Macbook Air, Macbook Pro and Macbook Pro/Retina. How are you counting six?
The only problem I have with the management shakeup was that it didn't happen sooner. It makes perfect sense to have both operating systems under one general manager, and I think Federighi is the best choice. Putting Ive in charge of the overall experience for all platforms also makes a lot of sense. I can only assume you believe that a management shakeup of this nature can be organised overnight. Well, I can tell that it takes time, careful negotiation and a hell of a lot of money, especially when you want to dump someone and at the same time keep them out of the hands of the competition.
The Mac Pro market is just not big enough to warrant as much attention as the iMac, which most prosumers are happy with. Still, the MacPro is being upgraded next year. I have no idea what it will be like, but I'm pretty sure you won't like it ...
You say they abandoned a large portion of their users when ML wouldn't boot with a 32bit kernel. That statement can be pretty much ignored as you have no idea how many were affected.
Maps? Well, for every comment I read that said it was a disaster, I read at least comment that said the problems were exaggerated. I imagine the truth is somewhere in the middle.
And the position of the SD card? Yes, what a disaster. That'll sink 'em for sure. . They moved it to the back because everything else is on the back, and it keeps the lines clean. Is it a problem, well, no more than having all the USB ports on the back, and that hasn't been a deal breaker, has it?
You've listed a couple of small edge cases (aside from the Maps) in an attempt to justify your main beef: Apple hasn't updated the Mac Pro as promptly as you'd like. Against these small problems, you've had the successful rollout of the Mountain Lion update, the new iPhone, the new iMac, and the new Macbook Pro. The shops are doing a roaring trade and they are working very hard to dump Samsung as a supplier.
Any company of that size that doesn't have any problems is not doing anything of note.