Why the Mac has so much staying power; Apple’s indomitable workhorse deserves some praise

“Let’s hear it for the Mac,” Dan Moren writes for Macworld. “There’s been plenty of ink shed on the meaning and impact of iPhone and iPad sales in Apple’s most recent quarters… But through it all, the Mac has quietly kept on doing steady business, and I think the sturdy workhorse of Apple’s lineup deserves some accolades.”

“Not only has the Mac entered its fourth decade—impressive for any piece of technology—but it’s seen tremendous success and even growth in an era where all anybody can talk about is smartphone this and tablet that,” Moren writes. “The Mac’s success is especially heartening for someone like me, who grew up in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, when the platform was a target for jeers and the company seemed to perpetually appear with that good old ‘beleaguered’ adjective in every news story.”

Moren writes, “Twenty-some years later, and the worm has certainly turned.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Inexorably, Apple’s indomitable Mac wins out over upside-down and backwards wannabes.

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  1. The Mac is the not quite just a truck, more like a high end SUV.

    Apple needs to spend more time on it’s software and interface, but … well …. it’s hanging it.

    Faster, faster, faster machines! If Apple has to dump Intel, build its on processor for the Mac, Okay we are ready to change again. The new baseline Mac should Triple the performance of the fastest machines. Render a 4K movie, 2 hours worth of video, in 2 seconds. Let’s rock!

    1. IF Apple were to dump Intel (and I’m hearing in the grapevine an accelerating interest in doing so), there would have to be another Mac OS shift. Presumably the shift would be back to RISC CPUs. Time for OS XI?

      [No, I’m not going to explain yet again why CISC software can’t generally run on RISC chips. Go DIY the research.]

  2. I had to laugh while watching The Empire Strikes Back recently. Vader uses the force to launch a bunch of crap at Luke, including what look like boxy PCs.

  3. Apple deoeswnt care about the Mac except as a lingering cash cow.

    The move to Intel architecture was supposed to be a bellwether moment.

    Instead, we got overpriced, non-upgradable all in ones, laptops that cater to form over function and the trash can Mac.

    Yet, you can build a Hackintosh at every service level Apple offers for less money, more expandability and way cheaper pricing than Cupertino cares to give.

    If you havent tried a hackintosh, they’re very easy to build. You will finally get the machine that Apple refuses to sell you.

  4. I don’t care what kind of fancy tablets or phones get produced. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for good old workhorse general purpose computers and the Mac is one of the best ever made period.

  5. I just helped a client install El Capitan. I asked her how old her iMac was and she said probably about 7 or 8 years old. Try to put Windows 10 on a computer that old. I told her that if she had Windows, she probably would have had to buy 1 or 2 computers since then and pay for AV software and probably for me to remove malware a few times.

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