fmr wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:42 pm
This is the usual marketing BS we get used from Apple. Why would they need to "hire what is essentially a team of professional content creators to serve as advisors to the design group
" when they could have that from a much larger group AND FOR FREE?
It's how long now? Like 10 years or so that professional users are asking them for a professional machine that a) is expandable and b) has a long life, even if you stay up to date with software (and external hardware).
But what they're coming up with is the EXACT opposite. Their machines are way less expandable than ever before and with their ever changing "standards" they're putting a major burden on both users and software developers. Need a new machine (as you can't upgrade the old one)? Prepare to pay a premium for whatever solutions to keep your older additional hardware functional or to buy new stuff.
And what about them releasing a new "major" OS about every year? All these OSes do (apart from some true major revisions I can understand, such as the step from PPC to Intel or from 32 to 64 bits) is to add a handful of fancy gimmicks - and, well, incompatibility of older hardware and software.
Mojave? Yeah, sure - everybody has always been asking for an OS to change its color along with the hours of the day. Because everybody (especially professional users) is spending all their time in front of the computer staring at how marvellously your desktop background changes from noon to midnight. But hey, if you own an older Mac Pro, to enjoy the great new world of the dark mode, expect to pay another premium for a new GPU. Oh, apparently AU validation is working properly now. Was broken in High Sierra - but lets rather not fix it but just release another nonsensical OS update.
There's plenty of good things that can be said about Apple when you're actually making use of what only they have to offer (as in my case Logic) or if you're rather non-computer-savy (OSX is in fact pretty much idiot proof, something that can't be said about Windows anymore, especially not in case you plan to keep your machine clean and lean). But that doesn't justify all their greed.
A computer for more than what I paid for my car? Pardon? For the price of an iMac Pro I can built 2-3 super high end Windows workstations that will blow everything away. Heck, I could probably even have them built for me.
And in case you want to upgrade that iMAc Pro, you can simply throw it away. Need another display? Again, throw it away.
All this is exactly the opposite of what power users are asking for. And Apple doesn't need any experts as consultants to learn more about it. Unless they are greedy but dumb twats living in a cage (which I actually sometimes suspect...), in which case one shouldn't buy a highend computer from them.