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Apple Core Rot: Apple Has Lost Me as a Customer

Barring something really compelling that has solid potential to improve my workflow, I will avoid buying any new Apple hardware for as long as I can. The 2019 Mac Pro and 2019 iMac 5K will serve me well for years to come.

Nor will I update macOS on my existing machines to a major release, unless and until macOS offers something compelling (vanishingly small chance of that, as proven over the past 8 years).

No, I am not going to switch to Linux or Windoze—the transition costs and ongoing issues would be too painful to contemplate. It’s far more troublesome and difficult than most readers understand, nor do I believe that Linux or Windoze will in the end be any better—they’ll have plenty of their own problems.

The 2019 Mac Pro is something I enjoy (when it works) and despise (when it does not) every single day. On balance, it has been a huge waste of money, and if Apple offered me a refund, I’d jump at the chance.

Dana N writes:

Like you, I have suffered the demise of Apple hardware and OS over the years. So much so that I after using Apple exclusively since the Apple IIe, I built a a PC. Not so much as for my daily ride but more as a tool that works just as well as a Mac for image editing, video editing and 3D rendering but is way faster at a fraction of the cost. If you are interested in my journey, I did a write up here: https://nine-volt.com/blogs/news/building-a-mac-pro-killer-for-a-less-than-one-third-of-the-price

MPG: no argument that a machine built for specific tasks need not be a Mac—if most time is just spent in Photoshop or similar, then it’s a purpose-built workstation. While my situation is too broad to contemplate a PC as a specific tool like that, it makes a lot of sense for some people.

The good news is that with Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4, access to all the good stuff is just as available (or more so) at OWC. See their Thunderbolt offerings for example.


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