I use an iPhone instead of Android because Apple’s
focus on iOS has paid tremendous dividends in terms of
usability and new features.
But Apple’s focus on iOS, including the new iPad Pro,
seems to have come at the cost of the Mac computers, alienating
Much of Apple’s Mac hardware line hasn’t been refreshed
in a while, and even if it had been, Microsoft is pulling ahead
in operating system innovation, releasing all kinds of new
styles of PC.
Now, I think I have an answer, and it’s pretty simple: Apple’s
iOS is still the best, most useful, and most usable smartphone
operating system in the world. Android phones may often ship
with higher specs and cutting-edge new features, but they’re
buried under manufacturer-specific bloat, and often, you’re not
guaranteed OS updates.
It’s true that Macs and iPhones integrate in some amazing ways.
But I ultimately found that it’s not worth shacking myself to an
operating system that’s falling behind the curve. The problem is
that Apple’s savvy investments in iOS seem to be leaving the Mac
business as an afterthought —
alienating Mac loyalists.
On the other hand, Microsoft famously missed the boat on
smartphones, and officially closed the book on Windows 10 Mobile
just recently. This has turned into somewhat of a blessing in
disguise for the Windows PC: With no new platform to jump to,
Microsoft basically has no choice but to improve Windows 10
across both PCs and tablets.
This refocusing on software has resulted in something of a
Windows renaissance. Windows 10 has
embraced touchscreens, styluses, and even virtual reality.
It’s made Windows 10 more flexible, and more useful, than any
MacBook I’ve ever owned.
Microsoft’s own Surface computers are still the best place to
experience all the benefits of Windows 10, the Dells and HPs of
the world have followed in Microsoft’s footsteps, and released
nifty, imaginative new devices. Apple is known as the designer of
the slickest devices in the world, but the Windows ecosystem is
closing the gap.
I mean, there’s even a rumor that Microsoft will
release a foldable tablet that looks like a notebook, running
Windows 10. It’s the kind of weird swing-for-the-fences that
makes Windows so exciting right now.
Meanwhile, the Mac has stagnated. No touchscreens, except for a
“Touch Bar” on the high-end MacBook Pro that many have decried as
a mere gimmick. The biggest change to the Mac’s operating system
in the last few years was the integration of the Siri virtual
assistant — which is still less helpful than Microsoft’s own
If you want anything approaching a touchscreen computer from
Apple, you have to go with an iPad Pro — but the iOS versions of
apps like Photoshop or Final Cut pale in comparison to their Mac
or PC equivalents.
Apple did release its powerful
“iMac Pro” this month, and says it’s building a revamped
version of its highest-end Mac Pro in 2018. But unless the latter
machine brings a massive redesign, or some unforeseen change in
focus, it feels like too little, too late.
I’m not saying I’d never use a Mac again. I used MacBooks for
years, and found them to be darn fine computers. But if you’re
interested in the future of computing, it’s happening in Windows
10 and in iOS, not in the Mac. Chances are pretty high that if I
ever buy another Apple laptop again, it would be an iPad Pro, not