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  • MacBook keyboard failures could end with introduction of glass panel keyboards

    danvm said:
    Yamcha67 said:
    That sounds like an awful idea, the current MacBook keyboards aren't great and have their set of issues. Introducing glass keyboards doesn't seem like a solution to the problem at all, in fact, it may just make matters worse. Don't fix it if ain't broke, they should really stick to their old style keyboards, I'm not sure how they'll manage it thanks to that obsession with thinness but maybe it can be done. Microsoft has managed to create a superthin keyboard with great travel and tactile feedback on their Surface Pro Type Covers, I'm sure there's a way to achieve something similar on the Apple side.

    It's funny that Microsoft is actually taking Apple's place in many respects. Just look at the current Surface sales, they've been incredible for Microsoft. Microsoft has already exceeded expectations and now they are predicting 20% growth on top of that. I think they're really doing well considering that Microsoft has gotten into the hardware business very late compared to Apple. I also feel they are innovating in many more areas and in many cases outshining even Apple's Macs. The keyboards, trackpads, design are all on point and even the software has reached a stage where it's a lot like Mac OS. 

    I wish Apple would change direction. Some Mac users including myself have jumped ship, I sold my Mac for the simple reason that I just got sick and tired of paying for premiums and getting less, not only that I just feel like Microsoft now is providing a better experience for my use case. The keyboard issues, flex-gate, bent iPads, iPhone 6 performance throttling etc.. all tell us that the quality assurance has taken a dive and Apple doesn't seem to care. The recent flex-gate issue which is leading to display failure early thanks to a fragile cable is going to cost customers $600+ for repair because the cable isn't durable enough to last very long. The bent iPads will not be covered, but people are eligible for a refund within the normal period for any device. The issues with keyboards have been semi-resolved but I guess we'll have to see how the new keyboards work out. Initially, customers were forced to pay around $700 for out of warranty keyboard repairs until Apple provided free replacements later on. It's really not looking good for Apple. I'm not saying it's a failing company, it makes way too much money for these issues to make a dent in the near future but it does mean customers will suffer in the end.
    We already have a resident MS shill, btw, unless that's you, DanVM?
    I find interesting that you consider me a MS shill, 
    Are you kidding me? You don't know yourself do you, or remember any of the exchanges we've had? [rolls eyes]
    I don't remember of any exchange with you, but for some reason I think you didn't agree with my posts, so that makes me a "MS shill".  Right?
    williamlondon
  • MacBook keyboard failures could end with introduction of glass panel keyboards

    Yamcha67 said:
    That sounds like an awful idea, the current MacBook keyboards aren't great and have their set of issues. Introducing glass keyboards doesn't seem like a solution to the problem at all, in fact, it may just make matters worse. Don't fix it if ain't broke, they should really stick to their old style keyboards, I'm not sure how they'll manage it thanks to that obsession with thinness but maybe it can be done. Microsoft has managed to create a superthin keyboard with great travel and tactile feedback on their Surface Pro Type Covers, I'm sure there's a way to achieve something similar on the Apple side.

    It's funny that Microsoft is actually taking Apple's place in many respects. Just look at the current Surface sales, they've been incredible for Microsoft. Microsoft has already exceeded expectations and now they are predicting 20% growth on top of that. I think they're really doing well considering that Microsoft has gotten into the hardware business very late compared to Apple. I also feel they are innovating in many more areas and in many cases outshining even Apple's Macs. The keyboards, trackpads, design are all on point and even the software has reached a stage where it's a lot like Mac OS. 

    I wish Apple would change direction. Some Mac users including myself have jumped ship, I sold my Mac for the simple reason that I just got sick and tired of paying for premiums and getting less, not only that I just feel like Microsoft now is providing a better experience for my use case. The keyboard issues, flex-gate, bent iPads, iPhone 6 performance throttling etc.. all tell us that the quality assurance has taken a dive and Apple doesn't seem to care. The recent flex-gate issue which is leading to display failure early thanks to a fragile cable is going to cost customers $600+ for repair because the cable isn't durable enough to last very long. The bent iPads will not be covered, but people are eligible for a refund within the normal period for any device. The issues with keyboards have been semi-resolved but I guess we'll have to see how the new keyboards work out. Initially, customers were forced to pay around $700 for out of warranty keyboard repairs until Apple provided free replacements later on. It's really not looking good for Apple. I'm not saying it's a failing company, it makes way too much money for these issues to make a dent in the near future but it does mean customers will suffer in the end.
    We already have a resident MS shill, btw, unless that's you, DanVM?
    No, I'm still have my sign-in name active... :wink:

    I find interesting that you consider me a MS shill, when at my household I have far more Apple devices than from MS.  Like I have posted many times, I consider myself a customer, not a fan (or shill) from MS, Apple or any other company. 

    Regarding the article, IMO, Apple keyboards have an awful tactile feedback.  Plus based in the long list of articles, quality is down too.  In my experience working with many brands, Thinkpads still #1, and miles ahead from Apple in quality and tactile feedback.  Plus they are spill resistant, even in the X1 Carbon, a device as thin an lighter than the Macbook Air.  And there is no issues with batteries attached to the keyboard as the MBP.  One of the best devices I have used. 

    After this post, I suppose I'm a "Lenovo shill", right?

    ctt_zhwilliamlondon
  • Apple got tablets right, and created a whole new market with the iPad

    macxpress said:
    tht said:
    In a lot of ways, perhaps Jobs vision or market segmentation for the iPad, a device that sits in between a smartphone and laptop, became more of a ball and chain than a computer for everyone. Hard to explain why they limited the functionality of iPads for so long, and still are going a snails pace.

    They should have sprinted head long into having iPads do everything a computer do. instead of it being an iOS device for a 10” display, it should have been iPadOS, capable of doing everything a computer can do. Mind that I’m all in with using an iPad flat on a table like a piece paper. Hardware keyboard support is nice, but it shouldn’t be advertised with it.
    So basically you want macOS on an iPad...that doesn't work and Apple has explained this many times. Seems like people just don't want to listen. Just look at the Surface Tablet. Yeah Microsoft is selling some and sales to go up sometimes, but as @Soli said, they don't have anywhere near the marketshare of iPad and that trend continues. So I think the market has decided what works best. 
    Are you saying that Windows is better than macOS and Android is better in smartphones then iOS, considering their marketshares?
    williamlondonctt_zh
  • Apple got tablets right, and created a whole new market with the iPad

    Soli said:
    tht said:
    In a lot of ways, perhaps Jobs vision or market segmentation for the iPad, a device that sits in between a smartphone and laptop, became more of a ball and chain than a computer for everyone. Hard to explain why they limited the functionality of iPads for so long, and still are going a snails pace.

    They should have sprinted head long into having iPads do everything a computer do. instead of it being an iOS device for a 10” display, it should have been iPadOS, capable of doing everything a computer can do. Mind that I’m all in with using an iPad flat on a table like a piece paper. Hardware keyboard support is nice, but it shouldn’t be advertised with it.
    That model was tried for decades before the iPad arrived and it failed. Even now MS is still trying that with the Surface and it still has no marketshare compared to the iPad and even less when you look at Windows installs. The iPad's OS being idealized for the device and I/O is the reason for its success.
    There are times where marketshare don't tell the whole story.  If that was the case, macOS have failed compared to Windows and iOS to Android in smartphones. And I don't think neither have failed, same as the Surface.  There are times where an iPad does a better job as a device, most of the time when it's used as a tablet.  But as soon as you push the iPad as a desktop replacement, then the Surface starts to shine.  A few years ago there was study where it had the Surface customer satisfaction a little bit higher than iPad's.  IMO, iPad success us because the library of apps and the quality of iOS as a mobile OS.  But at the same time, I still consider the Surface an excellent device, even though doesn't sells at iPad levels. 
    williamlondon
  • Apple's iPhone a big priority for U.S. corporate spending in 2019

    entropys said:
    Growing android support is a worry. The cause no doubt a mix of price and Apple hating IT departments.
    I think you have it backwards — IT department guys are largely Windows admin dudes who were always afraid of Apple products.
    Maybe you should blame Apple and their lack of tools instead of blaming MS administrators of being "afraid" of Apple devices.  For years MS provide tools (Active Directory, System Center, Intune) to deploy and manage their devices, applications and services, compared to Apple weak management tools.  It took a small company, Jamf, to make what Apple never did, offer a reliable way to deploy and manage Apple devices.  Even MS had better tools to manage Apple devices than Apple itself.  And now Jamf and MS are working together to integrate their tools.  Plus the ecosystem MS have for the enterprise in miles ahead of Apple. I could think it's reasonable to understand why MS does better with business / enterprise administrators than Apple. 

    They still hate Apple and wish to keep their heads in the sand, despite POSIX macOS being better than Windows and proven to have lower TCO (ironically published by IBM), and iOS proven to have a longer supported lifespan.

    Regarding TCO, ironically IBM publish the results at a time the announce the agreement with Apple.  I don't think they are lying, but neither I think MS, Oracle or any other company when they claim have a lower TCO than competition.  All of them could be saying the truth considering business and enterprises have different needs.  macOS is not better than Windows or vice versa.  Both have their good and bad things.  But Windows integrate far better than Apple in their enterprise business / enterprise ecosystem.  Plus MS Office for Windows is much better than the macOS version, and that's one of the most popular application in business, where Apple only have iWorks.  The only thing Apple have is mobile, where they are very strong, and most of them are connected to MS services, tools and applications.  I don't think administrators hate Apple, as you said.  It just that MS did a better job than Apple in the business / enterprise market. 

    ctt_zhmuthuk_vanalingam