The products Apple doesn’t have time to improve

“Collin Donnell: ‘The dearth of good Safari extensions compared to what Chrome has is a good example of Apple’s tendency to get something going, get kind of sidetracked and then not give it the attention it needs to succeed,'” Marco Arment writes for Marco.org.

“My main concern for Apple’s future is the growing list of such products, especially the increasing number of major Mac applications,” Arment writes. “iWork for Mac is a worst-case example. Its series of substantial updates every 12–18 months completely stopped in 2009, and the 2013 rewrites don’t feel like nearly 4 years of work — they feel a lot more like a rushed 12-month effort in response to marketing threats against the iPad’s suitability for office ‘work,’ prioritizing Apple’s marketing needs at significant expense to iWork customers’ needs. The iLife apps feel abandoned, too…”

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32 Comments

  1. The Mac mini needs some love, but not much.
    Haswell processors.
    802.11ac WiFi.
    Discrete graphics.

    The current Mac mini with 2.6GHz Core i7, 1.12 terabyte Fusion Drive, and 16G RAM is $1449, still $250 less than an entry level iMac with a Core i7. There is no better Mac value, and I’d like to see Apple continue producing a high-end Mac for less. And you can easily add your own fusion drive and memory to the current model for hundreds less.

      1. I see Apple has reduced the price of Fusion Drive to $200, making the Mini now $300 cheaper than an entry level i7 iMac, or $1399. Add a 24″ Samsung monitor/TV from Costco for $150, and an Apple keyboard and Magic Trackpad, and the Mini total price is $1707. Add Fusion Drive and 16GB RAM to that iMac and it’s now $2099 with a smaller screen. No TV either. There’s no magic in the math.

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