Apple’s New Mac Lineup is Not Yet Complete

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Apple re-ignited the Mac at WWDC 2017. Most observers were very pleased. However, there are still some problems with Apple’s Mac lineup that need fixing. These are the Mac mini and the MacBook Air. Plus, the Mac Pro should enjoy a price reduction because its technology is old. Here’s the rundown at Business Insider Apple is still selling very old and expensive computers – these are the ones you shouldn’t buy.

2017 MacBook Air

2017 MacBook Air. Stuck. Needs a shakeup. Image credit: Apple

Discussion

1. MacBook Air. What the author failed to mention is that the “old and dreary” MacBook Air, with a healthy educational discount, is Apple’s weapon when it comes to secondary school and college notebooks. That’s why it won’t ever get a Retina display. That’s why, I think, it still exists.

Awhile back, I proposed a next generation, less expensive MacBook Air 2. The reason is that the price differential, as BI points out, between the MBA and a low end MacBook Pro is too small. That could and should be remedied. “A Bold Move for Apple: MacBook Air 2 for Education.” Otherwise, people will just get more and more annoyed with the high price of the MBA until Apple is forced to kill it altogether. That wouldn’t help the education efforts.

There’s a dilemma here for Apple that needs a resolution.

2. Mac mini. It would be great if Apple were to follow-up on its glorious WWDC 2017 presentations of the other new Macs with a new, state-of-the-art Mac mini. The last update was in October 2014. It’s high time for a new one. Customers are mystified by Apple’s inattention to this relatively simple task. Come on, Apple!

Beloved Mac mini

Beloved Mac mini desperately needs upgraded. Image credit: Apple

3. 2013 Mac Pro. Yes, we’ve been promised a new Mac Pro for, likely, 2018. But there are still some customers who need a fairly powerful, headless Mac now. Not next year. A price reduction of the 2013 Mac Pro is called for. From the article above:

Since 2013, Intel has released its second generation of Xeon processors; the Mac Pro runs on the first generation. The Mac Pro also has the older DDR3 standard of RAM, whereas newer professional workstations come with the latest and faster DDR4 standard. The Mac Pro’s graphics cards are also ancient.

There’s a lot on Apple’s plate now, with many new products coming this fall and for the holidays. Still, it would be shame if Apple’s newfound enthusiasm for the Mac didn’t extend to cleaning up these remaining issues.

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5 Comments Add a comment

  1. skipaq

    Disney’s plans to offer their own streaming service has a cost problem unless it is really cheap. Why pay $10 a month for several streaming services when you can just buy the content you want. $120 per year per service will buy a lot of content that you can own.

    It is the same with all the pay to watch apps. The cost just gets to be more than the content is worth. Will some pay all these content providers each month? Probably. I would get tired of it in a few months.

    I do remember HyperCard. I wrote a stack way back then and dumped the whole KJV of the Bible into it. That allowed for some searching of the text before commercial software became available for the Mac. But you are right. Other than nostalgia there is no reason to resurrect that stack. Come to think of it; just finding it on some old floppy disks would be… Forget about it.

  2. Old UNIX Guy

    To Apple’s credit, the iMac Pro and forthcoming new Mac Pro are steps in the right direction for their desktop line. Now I just wish they would introduce Pro laptops.

    What? You say they already have them? Um, NO – they don’t. What they call the MacBook Pro is better named the “MacBook Compromised Thanks to Jony Ive’s Unhealthy Obsession With Thinness.”

    How about it Apple? How about a true Pro laptop. No compromises just so that you can make it .00001 mm thinner and .0005 ounces lighter than last years’ model.

    Old UNIX Guy

  3. Ned

    I suspect the Mac Pro and Mac Mini were destined for the same treatment as the Shuffle and the Nano, ignored to death. As for the Mac Pro, interesting that there was nothing in the works but an iMac Pro all ready to go to production. And a marketing plan; bitchin’, super cool looking, etc.as in this will make you forget our Mac Pro debacle (and the Mac Pro). Hopeful that there’ll be a new Mac Mini that I want to order – maybe a Pro model in Space Gray with the other Space Gray accessories.

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