Tuesday, January 29, 2019

2018 Six Colors Apple Report Card

Jason Snell:

It’s time for our annual look back on Apple’s performance during the past year, as seen through the eyes of writers, editors, developers, podcasters, and other people who spend an awful lot of time thinking about Apple.


Since I used the same survey as in previous years, I was able to track the change in my panel’s consensus opinion compared to the previous year.


And did we mention the MacBook keyboards? Matt Deatherage said, “It defies reason for Apple [to offer] keyboards of inferior design and execution.” John Gruber said, “I may be biased as a writer and a keyboard aficionado, but it used to be the case that Apple’s notebook keyboards were widely hailed as the best in the world… that’s no longer the case and I think that’s a problem.” Shahid Kamal Ahmad said that the major failing of the keyboard was not its feel but “the inherent unreliability of the switches and their propensity to fail from the inevitable ingress of a subatomic particle.”

Most people were largely unmoved by the macOS Mojave update.

Nick Heer:

Overall, Apple’s new hardware — particularly the new Apple Watch — has generally shone in every area except reliability, software quality is up while service quality continues to be mixed, and Apple’s TV and home offerings continue to be, charitably, just getting started.


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I just bought a mid-2012 i7 MacBook Pro with 16 GB RAM, a 2 TB SSD, a DVD-R, oodles of ports, and, most importantly, **a reliable, fully functioning keyboard.**

I sold one of my 2013 MBPs for more than a 1000 bucks on eBay. I have another one. I wonder if the price goes up if I wait a bit longer. Maybe then I can convince myself that buying an MSI GS75 Stealth is not a completely outrageous idea...

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