Marco Arment: This is a very good time to be a fan of Apple hardware

“Some products strike an amazing balance, are executed extremely well, and make significant progress from their predecessors while having no major drawbacks,” Marco Arment blogs. “Apple tends to make a lot more of these than most tech companies. I think the strongest examples among each Apple product family in the last few years as being noteworthy for the time and fantastic in retrospect are the 2010 13” MacBook Air, the iPhone 5, and the iPad 2.”

“But if I had to pick runners up, it would be tempting to pick three of Apple’s newest products in the respective families: the latest Retina MacBook Pro (both sizes), the iPhone 5S, and both new iPads,” Arment writes. “This is a very good time to be a fan of Apple hardware, and this says a lot about Apple’s product status and leadership — I’d rather have just a perfect iPhone than a half-assed iPhone and a half-assed watch.”

“If I had to make one nitpick about the new iPads, with the caveat that I haven’t used the new Mini yet, it would be the lack of Touch ID,” Arment writes. “Getting accustomed to Touch ID on your new iPhone, then not having it on your new iPad, is like installing a soft-close toilet seat on just one of the two toilets in the house — once you’re accustomed to Touch ID, it’s disruptive and subtly annoying when it’s not on both devices.”

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    1. I agree. I bought an Air and as great as it is, it feels a lot like a new iPhone does with the upgraded S model still to come. I bought a 5S and its what I wanted from my 5.
      No doubt there will be an upgraded Air coming next year that makes me regret owning a standard Air.
      From now on I need to resist buying new gen models until the S model comes .

  1. I have to agree, it’s very noticeable when I go from my iPhone to either of my iPads and have to enter the PIN. I can understand the delay though, but I’ll definitely be upgrading again next year for TouchID.

  2. Welcome, and you’ll please forgive me, but, duh.

    I’m officially over the line and firmly into old-fart Mac-user-dom, and with those qualifications I have to ask, why? Why did you ever use Windows without checking into alternatives first? Why did you do your part to enable the lying IT dweebs (not all of them of course – but the vast majority for sure) to cause management to dismiss everything that wasn’t Windows, out-of-hand? Why did you do your part to make long-time not-Windows users, like me, get persecuted for advocating anything that wasn’t Windows, and most especially if it WAS Mac? Why did you do your part to feed into that mind set that has, to this day, perpetuated the dogma, nay, the miasma, that is Windows? Why?

    I promise not to make these rants too often, in fact, I think this is the first one, but, I’ve been a non-Windows user since the Mac 128, and I find it difficult to be overly cordial to computer users who didn’t do their home work in the first place – and as already stated, I’m old and fart a lot.

    I was young and open-minded, once upon a time, and that fact saved me from drinking the Windows kool-aid back in the day. Let that be a lesson to you young whipper-snappers.

    But yea, welcome to the realm of intelligent computing, but really dude – duh.

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