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StrangeDays said:You started off so good... Then you ended with an absurd bit of hand-wringing DOOM narrative. Sorry, but no - Cook will be remembered as one of the most successful CEOs in tech, with incredible, ass-kicking metrics of success. Things like revenue, profit, size...the kind of things owners of a company are actually into. In addition to continuing to be one of the most beloved brands with highest consumer satisfaction ratings.
Your claim that Apple isn't innovated is also poppycock. Their engineering chops continue to push the envelope in multiple product sectors and their product design is routinely aped and imitated by the rest of the industry.
But you want new Macs and you want them now, we get it.I appreciate your point of view and I admit I'm an "engineering first" sort of person; pragmatism and functional design rule the roost for me. I still have my first iPad 1 (64GB model!) as a nostalgia piece and although the UI has aged, it's surprising just how smoothly it works: the UX is still incredibly intuitive. It really doesn't feel like an old device, despite being stuck with iOS 5.I still see the original iPhone as being one of the most important consumer electronic devices ever created and although many criticized the iPad when it was released ("it's just a big iPod touch") it resonated with me immediately. As I am back in Canada the first sanctioned iPhone available to me was the 3G and I was smitten. I'd never experienced such a beautifully thought out product (even if backups could take 1/2 hour in those early days). I had some experience developing on early releases of PalmOS and PocketPC systems as well as early universal mobile efforts (specifically WAP) and the iPhone wasn't just a generation ahead, it was jaw-dropping. I still watch the original iPhone keynote once in a while as it was ... perfect. I had every version of the iPhone up to and including the 7+ but then I played with a Pixel XL (revision 1) and I sincerely hope it lasts a while because it's almost the perfect no-compromise phone.I don't get the warm and fuzzy feeling from Apple products any longer: they've become ... I'd like to say "iterative" or "evolutionary" but in some cases they've gone backwards. iPhone performance, especially in the latest models simply cannot be beat, but I still don't agree with removing the 3.5mm headphone jack or the fingerprint sensor on the X. Siri has stagnated for a significant length of time; there's simply no comparison to Google Assistant. The iMac Pro offers pretty decent performance but I wouldn't dare try to upgrade even something as simple as RAM, and that disqualifies it as a true workstation. I'm an independent developer and I'm simply not spending $6k every two years for a new machine just because I'm looking for a capacity or performance boost. A perfect example of "new Apple" problems is the butterfly keyboard: I don't want a portable that has keyboard issues when exposed to even the smallest quantity of particulate. I've got a ten year old Dell M6400 "Precision Workstation" and it still works flawlessly (with a very simple SSD swap) despite some fairly rough roadwork and a tumble off of a truck tailgate, and my 1950X-based primary workstation should give me a solid ten years with regular updates and maintenance.I get it, Apple products remain very popular and are constantly being aped, as you say, but that doesn't mean they're the best in class any longer.Anyway, rant over. I respect your choice of ecosystem but MacOS / iOS just don't have the productivity plus-delta that they used to, at least for my needs. I remain interested in Apple's progress and hope to see a return to a Snow-Leopard-like environment where everything worked, and worked incredibly well. Maybe I'm just getting old. :-)
I was one of those 1993 layoffs; Apple was no longer a pleasant place to be and a lot of folks who were and are far more talented than I either left on their own or got the sack as well. There was a running "joke" circulating on internal emails in the form of a JPEG entitled "JurApple Park" which referred to the corporation's unavoidable extinction. It's difficult to imagine but I also recall (in 1992) crossing the US/Canada border and being asked "what I did for a living". When I explained that I worked for Apple the response was "they're not even a company anymore". I sincerely hope that Cook won't be remembered as Sculley 2.0 but the continued lack of genuine innovation is worrying.