Hey Apple, how about shipping a new computer sometime?

Rob Pegoraro writes for Yahoo Finance, “As I was fussing over yet another glitch on my aging iMac the other night and, while doing so, relying on my slightly less senior MacBook Air, two thoughts ran through my head: 1) I’ve probably waited long enough to replace a 2009-vintage desktop on which the optical drive and SD card slot no longer work reliably and a 2012-vintage laptop that’s seen so much use the N key’s black coating is starting to wear off. 2) If I wanted to replace either computer with a Mac that itself qualifies as ‘new,’ I might have to wait even longer.”

“As of Friday morning, the MacBook Air had gone 403 days since its last update, while the Mac mini had seen 547 days elapse since its most recent refresh, and the Mac Pro had scratched out 848 days on a jail-cell wall since its December 2013 debut,” Pegoraro writes. “Many of these computers run Intel processors a full generation behind those available in competing hardware. Contrary to Apple’s sales pitch for the current MacBook Air, the fifth-generation Intel Core i5 is not ‘new’: Intel began shipping the sixth generation last summer.”

Pegoraro writes, “It’s enough to make a Mac user wish that the company formerly known as Apple Computer, Inc., would restore its attention to computers first, spaceship-shaped corporate campuses and electric cars second.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Patience, padawan. Always in motion, the future is. Much longer now, it will not be.

58 Comments

  1. Back in the day, a computer called the Amiga, had it’s OWN custom graphics chipset. I know it’s probably asking too much for Apple to have it’s own CPU AND custom graphics chipset using a Pixar on a chip tech. But then again people keep asking what should Apple do with all that X-tra money. Making their OWN computer cpu may be out of the question. No matter how much money Apple has, that doesn’t mean they could have more expertise on technology, for STAYING AHEAD of Intel. but hey…
    AMD is out there, and Apple does mobile.

      1. THAT my friend is strictly a matter of opinion – yours. While there are area’s that can stand improvement (as always with everything and everyone) at Apple as we’ve been discussing, overall TC has done a fine job.

        I’d sure like to see your job evaluation report. My guess is it comes up wanting. That is assuming of course you even HAVE a job.

        1. Poor form, Peter. You don’t have to act like such an asshole when Mike challenges your worldview. You should know very well that Apple has the capital to do anything it puts its mind to doing. So what precisely do you believe is the reason that Apple is so slow in releasing Mac updates?

          1. That’s YOUR opinion too. (And btw Mike has never worried about sounding like an asshole so it’s tit for tat, regardless of form. Attacking leadership blindly without any idea of what’s truly going on behind the scenes smacks of specious assholery.)

            I’m sure Apple is waiting for more substantial hardware and component improvements to justify new Mac models that meet their internal approval. While their mobile product line needs more urgent updating their Mac line seems to have more leeway, unfortunately. I hope they can fix that. Especially in the pro models.

            1. So you attack Mike and Green for agreeing with the article that MDN posted?

              You are just a fanboy willing to give Apple’s lazy Mac product planners enough rope to hang themselves. They are losing the pro markets one by one. Anyone can see that.

            2. And you’re just a gigantic sanctimonious loser who doesn’t understand that the article is also a matter of opinion (hmm, analysts and tech writers are often wrong? Wow! You sound incredibly gullible.) and opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and in many case, like you and others here, ARE one.

              In fact I am giving Apple one more WWDC and new Mac Pro upgrade model before deciding on switching. So yes I am giving them the benefit of the doubt because no one knows what is going on in Cupertino with any certainty and miracles do happen. Thanks for the nothing & unthinking contribution.

            3. It’s fine that you can continue being patient with Apple. Nothing wrong with that.

              But Apple’s inexplicable slowness to regularly update the specs of laptops and desktops that they label “Pro” has caused years of real pain for those of us who dearly need the speed easily obtainable with Windows and Linux, but want to use Mac OS.

              We have every right and reason to be unhappy with Apple.

              The Mac Pro is a great “Mac”, but an insanely bad “Mac Pro” relative to Pro PC’s from every other PC maker.

            4. Oh I’m with you on that. I’ve been happy with everything Apple EXCEPT the pro line, NONE too happy. My pro friends who do use PC’s are uniformly united in their hatred of Windows 10 though and stick with 7. The problem with PC’s as a Mac user are the compromises of course. Not everything is a panacea and there are always tradeoffs between platforms. The irritating thing is it would be no skin off Apple’s nose to give pro’s what they truly want and need. Not some fanciful peccadillo of design that serves relative few and proving a bigger size DOES matter.

              Just one more WWDC and new Mac Pro announcement away from deciding to go Mac or PC for my pro work.I don’t use Logic or FCPX so it’s simpler.

              To paraphrase the character of Susan from CITIZEN KANE “You never really give me anything pro that I really care about!” 🙂

            5. Agree on all points, including sticking with Windows 7 as the least-worst Windows option!

              So many people seem to be in this exact same leaky boat that I really hope Apple comes up with a solution.

    1. Never made?

      What would you call the Mac IIcx and the Mac IIci? (I actually had one of each at one point.)

      Yes, we haven’t seen their ilk for over two decades, but not never.

        1. The biggest problem with the clones was that in the end they cost Apple more in letting them in the market than Apple benefitted by growing the market. Which they didn’t do, they just skimmed off part of Apple’s (mostly) high end.

          Sun Microsystems had some internal groups that tended to use Macs, rather than Windows PCs, for tasks that Sun’s workstations didn’t make sense to use. Technical publications, product design, and usability testing in some divisions, for example. Our experience with Mac clones wasn’t always that great, with little hardware and peripheral reliability issues.

          The niche that some of the cloners found to fit was in upper-end models, which they could begin to produce and sell earlier in the processor development cycle, before quantities that Apple would need to have in place before committing to a new model.

          All that aside, it was an interesting time to be a Mac user.

            1. Power Computing handed out stickers with cartoon characters like Sluggo and phrases like “You can have my Mac when you pry my cold dead fingers from my mouse,” and “Let’s kick Intel’s ass!”

            2. Power Computing only sold online. When Steve cancelled their clones he also acquired their sales force and site builders, resulting in the Apple Store online. So my decrepit memory tells me.

  2. I added a SSD drive to my 2009 Mac Mini and it made it into a brand new machine. Harder to do that with an iMac but definitely possible.

    Either wait for the new macs in June or see if Apple are throwing out some discounts ahead of this to clear inventory. Sometimes you can get a very good deal.

  3. Pay attention the the Greek Myth-named buildings that Apple has been buying and refurbishing – what they were and what they may become soon.

  4. I like MDN, but when you start quoting science fiction, you’re just ignoring the issue.

    How hard can it be for Apple to update processors.

    Maybe if Cook wasn’t galavanting around the world promoting his homosexuality….

  5. In a way I think we’re seeing the downside of the “walled garden” or whatever, the ecosystem we’ve chosen with Apple. It takes a lot of patience, because you know the next revision of all of their products will be super sweet… but the waiting has gotten to be ridiculous. Maybe they’re doing too much, it was Mr. Jobs who was famous for killing products that didn’t fit and keeping the company focused on innovation first. One thing’s for sure they’re going to get a lot of macbook pro users ready to upgrade to a new laptop. Maybe it’s a good time to pick up some shares….

  6. There is so much I want Apple to do. Some things include –

    – Amazon Echo type device with Siri for home
    – Open Siri up so that third parties can access
    – iMessage needs to go cross platform and offer apps for Windows and Android

    1. Apple and IBM are playing nice lately. Watson powering Siri would be awesome. Dollars to doughnuts, they are working on it. I’d love to ask Siri, “If Black castles and I sacrifice my Queen to expose his King, is there any way his knights can move to prevent checkmate?”

  7. TEDCUCK is too busy with stinking liberals and promoting deviant and unhealthy lifestyles. Sickening stuff. He won’t even bring his gay lover along in public, hiding him behind walls. Get this idiot off the stage ASAP.

  8. The prices of the old Mac Towers in good shape look to be increasing and the three people who bought the trashcan are ready to upgrade to a real computer.

    I have Terrabytes of data and have no interest in cloud storage. A nice Mac Tower with standardized internal storage that takes standard cards would be nice. If Apple didn’t price it like it was minted from gold it could sell very well.

    Tim, if you won’t give us a proper Mac workstation, license the OS to a third party builder. I do not give a damn about how thin the case is.

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