Friday, March 11, 2022

Macs for Other Types of Professionals

Adam Engst:

What I am a little miffed about is the implication that if you don’t need all the power of a MacBook Pro with an M1 Max chip and 64 GB of unified memory, you’re not a pro user. And that extreme performance and massive storage are the only things that matter to professionals, such that those of us whose performance requirements are well served by non-Pro Macs could have no other wants or needs that would improve our workflows and productivity. I can’t speak for other fields, but I can think of plenty of hardware and product line enhancements that would make professionals like me more productive. And I’ll bet there are many more writers and lawyers out there than 3D artists and filmmakers.


I’d like to see Apple—or someone—figure out how to repurpose older iMacs with Retina displays as monitors for another Mac. They remain some of the best screens out there, and it’s a crying shame that they can’t work as standalone displays.


All the reasons why Face ID is a win for iPhone and iPad users apply to Mac users as well, perhaps even more so, since most Mac passwords are harder to type than six-digit passcodes.


The lack of a cellular option for Apple’s laptops has been a glaring omission for years and is yet another example of how Apple doesn’t acknowledge the needs of mobile professionals.


Consider the sharpness of the metal edges on all Apple laptops. That doesn’t matter much on the sides or back, but on the front, where your palms naturally rest when you’re using the trackpad or during brief breaks from typing, the metal edges dig into your hands. I find those sharp corners a constant irritation, particularly during long work sessions.


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I don't really understand the comment about Mac passwords + Face ID -- I doubt I type my Mac password twice a day, but my iPhone unlocks with Face ID dozens of times a day. I'm sure it will be nice to have Face ID on a Mac, but it doesn't seem nearly as useful/necessary as on an iPhone. Am I missing something?

@Ben A lot of people lock their Mac’s screen when they’re not sitting in front of it.

I knew some of the comments read weird… and it was written before the March 8th event! Mystery solved lol

What I think is missing after March 8th is a Mac mini with M1 Pro inside that allow for 32/64 GB RAM.

I don’t think FaceID is a top thing to have on a laptop with keyboard right there at your fingertip. It might not be desired when a lot of people leave their laptops and desktops locked and open in a public workplace. For Apple Pay and authentications, with FaceID you need to have some form of physical confirmation, and that could be pressing Enter. This experience doesn’t seem superior than having a Touch ID right there as its own key on the keyboard.

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