I disagree with them on almost every decision in business, marketing, software development, and other communications, but there’s no way I can beat the new Macs.
The M1 chip is unique in its class in terms of performance. I was very skeptical, in part because the charts lack useful information about how fast the chip should be, but it turns out that it gave just about every manufacturer a huge slap on desktop performance. Their devices are lightning fast, last incredibly long on a single battery charge and have a beautiful display. Their touchpad takes some getting used to (I don’t really like it myself, but I seem to be in the minority) and the speakers on the small laptop are simply exceptional for the sound that comes out. The webcam is almost as mediocre as that on any laptop screen because we decided that these screens should be thin and thin, leaving no room for a good sensor. However, their software excellently compensates for this. In terms of ultrabook webcams, Macbooks are king as far as I know.
You could say Apple is expensive, but as far as I know, there is very little on the market that has all the features of a Macbook and is actually much cheaper. There are faster equivalents than the M1, but they last less when charged. There are equivalents with a better screen, but they have worse speakers. If you sum them all up, you’re actually not much less than the price of a Macbook. The competition is getting better and happier, and that helps us all because Apple has to innovate even more.
But let’s face it, Apple has had quite a few failures in recent years. Every company has its problems, but Apple blatantly lies and denies there are problems until it has no other choice. A laptop you can use with a broken keyboard the whole structure The replacement is simply poor design, and at one point they realized that because they got rid of it. Silently, without saying anything or for false reasons, angry customers have, on a few occasions, been ignored while releasing new reviews of the humble keyboard design. I am very annoyed by this corporate behavior, but with a laptop in this price range, it is completely unacceptable. Their last i3 line where the fan wasn’t connected to the processor, with all the overheating issues that entailed, was a pretty poor design.
The problem I have with Apple is that as a customer you can instantly find two flaws for each feature. The device is good, but it is impossible to upgrade or maintain it. The peripherals are well designed, but if you don’t want to run macOS, your hardware is pretty much dead. Their phone hardware is objectively superior to many or even most phone manufacturers, but you will never be subject to the strict rules of the App Store. Their support in the store is good, but once there is a widespread problem, it is like communicating with Stalin’s press committee.
Apple is an opinionated computer company, and they have opinions about how or even how hardware is used. Do you agree with their opinions, it is the perfect computer company. If you do not agree with these opinions, it is better to avoid them or else you will fight with your equipment. So I don’t plan on buying their stuff at all, because I know the hellish angles I’d have to squeeze in to get a dual boot of Linux running on such a machine. Then I’d rather punish myself with a laptop with an Nvidia GPU. For others who can live with macOS and get paid for such a device, I highly recommend these things.
In terms of specs and performance (leaving their designs aside), I don’t think you can say anything bad about Apple. I’d like to buy Apple equipment too, if Apple didn’t make it.
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