I haven't kept up with the world of Macs. Recently, I've had two reintroductions.
The first: using a loaner Mac at work for a weird task that requires this old ramshackle app that only runs on OS X.
That virtual Esc key is jarring; hitting a bunch of keys that give (at least a little bit), then slapping that space on the touch bar shocks me out of whatever I was thinking about every time.
The second: this post, which reports that, apparently, Macs have made no real improvements in the last three years?!
Ignorant of their teleological duty to constantly improve, the computers that we interact with daily have either stalled or declined in the past five years.
Take for example the new MacBook Pro, Apple’s 16” top-of-the-line laptop. Three of its headline features - a scissor-mechanism keyboard, a physical Escape key, and inverted-T arrow keys, are not new. They existed in every MacBook Pro produced between 2006 and 2016.
So the main selling point of this new, $2,399 computer is that it fixes some of the unforced errors that Apple made in 2016.Kind of amazing, but not completely surprising. I've noticed that Apple, despite having tremendous resources, does not take much care on their products that they think are not strategically important.
I remember (around 2010 or so) being amazed at how polished iOS and the iPhone were. I was equally amazed at how terrible developer.apple.com was. That's the web site iOS developers used to do things like getting their provision profiles to distribute their apps.
Despite the oft-quoted Steve Jobs saying about caring about the back of the cabinet
, ehhh, Apple isn't actually like that.