I have read many online forums recently where the question is being asked, "Why didn't Apple refresh the Mac Pro and Mac Mini at the October 2016 MacBook Pro event?" Apple fans are shocked, wondering why Apple did not come up with any major updates to their beloved Mac Pro this year. How dare they!
Apple is the victim of expectations by their fans. Here's a thought that might get a few Apple fans upset, the goal of the company is profit. Innovation involves risk, which could possibly lead to less profit. If Apple can maintain their profitability by focusing on smartphones without taking risks in other areas such as developing new personal computers, why should they?
Apple was never the dominant player in terms of desktop computer sales, they were the innovator of cool toys. As the innovator of various cool toys over the years Apple became one of the world's most profitable companies. As the innovator of cool toys such as the iPhone, Apple became a profit leader in the smartphone industry.
Upstaged by Microsoft
What makes the Apple fans panic even more is that the recent announcements by Microsoft of cool new additions to the Surface line of products. There are people who dare to ask, "Is Microsoft is now more innovative than Apple?"
For years Microsoft was the dominant software and operating system company in an area of personal computers. Now Microsoft faces stiff competition from Google in many areas they once controlled. As tablet computers become more popular, the Android operating system cuts into Microsoft's market share. As Google Docs takes business collaboration software from the desktop to the web, Microsoft restructures their Office applications.
I received an email with a news feed from a website where the question was being asked, "Are Macs overpriced?" I thought I would subject my cynical self to the firing line of Apple fanatics and interject my observations on the site. I find it amusing that the people making the case for Apple being a great value all had some association with Apple in their bio byline.
One of the comments stated that, "Most of the answers here are from users of Apple products, many of whom were previous Microsoft users." I'm not sure how that validates their comments? If they switched from Microsoft to Apple, I would expect their opinion to be somewhat biased toward Apple.
One person who said that Apple products were worth the extra money based on his experience that he described as follows. "Not one single Windows based PC or laptop I ever owned or worked with could go even a week without some issue cropping up. Especially if it was not shut down every night." The phrase "Windows based PC" could mean a wide variety of hardware or software combinations, it needs to be qualified. Likewise comments like "some issue cropping up" could mean almost anything. Once again I am not sure how those comments validates the opinion that Macs should cost more than Windows based computers.
I've seen people go off on tangents in advice forums on the concept of anecdotal evidence being given is worthless based on a single users experience. That's a good point. That's why I usually try to give answers that are framed by some context of my experience, and why I feel the way I do. My experiences are based on 35 years of working with desktop computers as a field service technician and a systems administrator.
I worked on CP/M based microcomputers in the early 1980s before DOS was the popular standard for desktops. I worked with Novell network operating systems for years before I started working with Microsoft network operating systems. Working for various school districts and educational institutions over the years I have worked on a variety of different Apple products. My first experience with Apple products was with the Apple IIe used in schools back in the early 1980s. Back then I did maintenance and repair on Apple products as well as Commodore. Anyone remember Commodore?