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  • 'Designed by Apple in California' book released in $200 and $300 editions [u]

    sog35 said:
    So this is what Tim Cook was wasting his time on instead of giving us new MacPro, MacMini, and iMac.

    I'm getting sick and tired of Tim Cook's indulgent worship of the past. I can see this same attitude in the new headquarters. Instead of getting us a brand new redesigned iPhone7 we get a rehash of a 3 year old phone.  Instead of giving us a home assistant like Echo, we get this ridiculous self worshiping book that cost $300.
    Indeed... and given your comment has more dislikes than likes shows that Apple fanboys have their heads in the sand (or actually up somewhere else)... and no Mac Pro, mini upgrades.  Or they could have worked with LG and put that 5k monitor into something that doesn't look like crap.

    For sure they can do this and other things... it just shows where the priorities and vision (or lack thereof) is... they're seeing their future as fashion brand... which in the short term makes sense as they can improve their margins even more... but once the Kardashians and fashionistas decide there's the next shinny brand then APPL is toast... which is pretty much the history of the companies that went down this route before (Sony, Nokia in many regards, etc)
    tallest skil
  • Review: Apple's late-2016 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

    macxpress said:
    Let the continuous bitching go on about how much this MacBook Pro sucks...Yes, we know it doesn't support 32GB even though you don't need it....
    Well everyone in the my studio right now is running with over 16GB being used (I myself am using 30GB...) so YOU may not needed, but serious pros do... of course your definition of a pro user is a Kardashian or Chinese fashionista... and digital creatives and those writing apps for them aren't "pros" i guess... a niche market... of course that's the base that were Apple's biggest fans... your new power users are style junkies that will flock to the next shinny brand at the drop of a hat.

    We're planning out a migration now to PCs (and are lamenting it... I've been an Apple fan boy since the first West Coast computer faire and Woz was a mentor to my electronics club in high school)... In this studio it represents about 100k of lost upgrade  revenue... nothing for Apple and the fashionistas will more than make up for it today... but when they decide that some other brand is cool they'll be gone and the real pro, power user base will have moved to machines that have a product range that can support their needs.

    You need to feed your base... Apple should learn from the 2016 election that arrogance and complacency can bite even a "sure thing" lead in the butt.

    And a $300 coffee table book just reinforces this whole nonsense... I was inside AAPL during the Sculley era and as depressing as it was to go through, this direction feels even worse for the long term
    avon b7
  • Apple SVP Eddy Cue sells $37.5M in AAPL stock

    lkrupp said:
    Now he needs to leave. He's had his day in the sun and so many poor decisions have been made under his stewardship. Get some new people in there who can move the needle on Apple Music, Maps and more!
    No, you need to leave this forum. You have no idea how to run Apple and never will.  All you do is bitch.
    Yeah because you just want delusional fanboy fanatics that are never critical of AAPL or the execs regardless of actual facts and looking at the state of the ecosystem... Seems like the 1984 Mac commercial has come full circle, with the fanboys in the chair looking at Cook & Co on the big, dark screen. Sad that the lady with the hammer seems to be Microsoft these days.

    "All you do is bitch."
    All you do is submit to the will of AAPL and the Great Leaders...
  • Watch: Hands-on with Apple's entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with USB-C

    jdw said:

    Thank you for the video, especially for comments about the keyboard.  

    Sadly, you only focused on the GOOD and did not touch on the BAD.  You made no mention of how the loss of the SD card slot will negatively impact photographers and people who like tiny always-in SD cards for storage.  You did not mention how many dongles will be required for current MBP owners who are mulling an "upgrade" to this new model.  You did not mention that while the headphone jack exists on the new models, it lacks optical out.  You did not mention that if a PRO user needs 32GB of RAM, they cannot get it on any model of the new MBP.  You did not mention the fact the Apple Pencil still cannot be used even on the massive new trackpad.  You did not run a CPU test nor did you tell us the CPU is last year's Skylake at today's prices.  You did not mention Phil Schiller's "there's a move to WIFI" defense of why so much was removed, despite the fact Apple still hasn't created a truly wireless environment that can only come once wireless charging is available.  And why even put 4 TB3 ports on the machine at all if "there's a move to WIFI"?  You did not mention the fact that the machines are more expensive while at the same time removing hardware features that MBP buyers expect to be present in higher priced "pro" machines.  And while of lesser importance, perhaps, you did not mention the lack of a startup chime or lack of a glowing logo on back or mention that by skimming down the size and weight meant reducing the battery size (which means no battery life improvement over past models).  You also failed to comment on the fact Apple hyped these Macs as being as ground breaking as the iMac as per their surprising use of the "Hello Again" phrase -- a phrase that increased expectations considerably among the very PRO users who are the target buyer for these Macs.

    We love Apple.  We love Appleinsider.  But the new MBP's leave out a lot.  Please don't just sing to the choir.  Present all facts, bad and good.

    Thank you.
    "Please don't just sing to the choir.  Present all facts, bad and good."...

    Good idea, but then it wouldn't be Apple Insider (would be more like MacRumors, Verge, etc)... this is the place for 
    folks with their entire savings and future banked in AAPL stock and must push it forward regardless of facts more blindly than a Trump supporter
  • OWC announces Thunderbolt 3 Dock with ports galore, returns functionality to new MacBook Pro

    So why can't Apple come out with a beautiful, kick-ass, Apple supported, it-just-works dock to sell with their device (you know they'd charge $499 and folks would be happy to pay it to ensure their set-up is matched).

    I guess because all those ports are just looking backward... clearly I have no courage... you know wanting to do my job today as well as possible, get paid, pay the bills (something clearly Apple execs have no knowledge or interest in)