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You forget the one probably underlying problem: the feeling that Apple has given up or on its way to give up the Mac.

As you said, there is not major failings in the new MBP ... but it comes after 2 years wait, in a side event (i.e. not really the big front stage for this "Back to the Mac"), with muddled message. Apple has made bold decisions in this Mac but didn't follow up by giving the impression it was behind it. You get USB-C, yeah, hopefully maybe some third party will do cool stuff, like screens because Apple is not doing those anymore, ... It is also bad timing with the phasing out of the Wifi Router dropped like that as an unremarkable footnote despite being key in cloud feature like "Back to my Mac" or "Time machine". There was a definitive feeling that something was off.

MacRumors all black buying guide, Apple regular lack of comment about its future plan made that feeling even worse.

Twice in a month after that, Apple had had to confirm that they are still committed to the Mac, both to the public and to their own employees ! That's what people are concerned about. Nobody wants to buy into a dying ecosystem and Apple 2016 has done very little for the Mac. We will see how 2017 turns out, but I'm part of the people that prefer to wait until November 2017 to see if Apple is now sliding the MBP into a bi-yearly release cycle to decide if it is time to think about a plan B.

edit: Forgot to mention. I think on its own that the new MBP is a great machine, I'm itching to get one. I'm actually delaying the purchase decision as much as possible for the reason mentioned above.

You forget the one probably underlying problem: the feeling that Apple has given up or on its way to give up the Mac.

While I've had this feeling at times in the recent past myself, there's a kind of irony in this conversation being reinforced by the new MBP. Apple committed the time and resources necessary to essentially build an entire new iOS device and integrate it into the Mac, including the Touch ID sensor, and add explicit support for it in the majority of their applications (over two dozen, ranging from the little freebies like Notes and Preview up to all of iWork, FCP, Motion and Logic).

Whether one thinks the Touch Bar is "worth it" -- or even the right approach to adding touch support to the Mac -- is a different debate, of course, and worth arguing about. But if Apple wasn't committed to the Mac product line, it's hard to see why they would have bothered. This isn't something they just hacked together at the last minute to make it look like they've been doing something; they've really been doing something. For the Touch Bar to make sense it's going to have to show up on the non-pro Macbook this year, and I suspect on the Magic Keyboard.

I think the real anger is around what's going on with the desktop Mac line, particularly the Mac Pro and the Mac mini. I suspect that the new "trashcan" design had some kind of critical flaw that left Apple in a Catch-22 situation: they can't upgrade it without changing the design, but the market is too small for them to spend a lot of money changing the design again.

> I suspect that the new "trashcan" design had some kind of critical flaw that left Apple in a Catch-22 situation

I suspect that the custom hardware has something to do about it. They have basically custom everything and a cooling solution that probably prevent them to shop around for easy GPU upgrade. The engineering cost must be awful just to duplicate the performance level you can get with off-the-shelves component. Even server grade components can fit in tiny "alright looking" cases nowadays.

Yeah, that's about my guess, too. They had a design that worked fine for the components they had when they made it, but the next generation of components changed just enough that things went south. Maybe the cooling didn't quite work reliably anymore, or they couldn't get the support hardware on the same tiny boards...who knows. But I'm betting it's not that they just ignored the Mac Pro and never thought about revving it--it's that they tried a revision and never got it to work reliably, and they realized that they'd innovated their asses into a corner.

Nothing is off. Everyone who has even a bit of business sense can very clearly see that Apple is maxing its profit margins. They're dropping anything (relatively) low margin like Airport and Cinema Displays. They're charging an arm and a leg for dongles they know people will need. iCloud is still capped @ 5Gb, yet iCloud sync now by default also syncs your Desktop and Documents folder. That's on top of iPhone and iPad backups, app data (both iDevice and Mac) and iCloud mail. And the price for more storage is not cheap compared to competitors.

But then, why have they invested so much R&D in the Touch Bar or the trashcan Mac Pro? Why not just upgrade their existing form factors for maximum profit? Why release a new OS every year that needs gimmicky headlining features when they could spend less $$$ on bugfixes?

Apple seems like it's lazily milking its userbase, but I think the truth is that it spends so much time and attention on pointless crap that all the stuff we care about on HN looks half-assed in comparison.

I care about Swift, Objective-C, OS X and iOS Frameworks.

It looks going pretty ok to me.

50 GB for just .99 per month I think it's absolutely perfect for covering Desktop/Documents syncing and all backups data. 1 TB from Apple is around 120€ per year, while on Dropbox is 99€ if billed yearly or still 120€ if paid monthly...I don't really see a huge difference here. On top of that if I wanted to I could easily upgrade my plan to 2 TB while on Dropbox you must join as a business which forces you to have at least 5 members.

Last time I checked, most cloud storage services free tiers are capped at around that mark. In fact Dropbox is still only offer 2GB! Onedrive is the same at 5GB and Google Drive offer 15GB. The price is on a par with the market and it offeres more incremental tiers than most.

Dropbox isn't an OS storage, photo storage, mail storage, mobile devices backup all rolled into one (and all of that switched on by default) Comparing with Google Drive is fair, but the aforementioned stuff is why Google offers a fair 15Gb that you won't cap out soon.

I have almost 50Gb of free Dropbox storage btw, through referrals + events like the space race. But that's not really a fair fight anyway, since (aside from Dropbox) no one offers free space in exchange for actions..

"I have almost 50Gb of free Dropbox storage btw, through referrals + events like the space race.!" which, I can assure you[0], the significant amount of Dropbox users don't have.

For cost comparison (UK pricing);

iCloud: 50GB: £0.79 200GB: £2.49 1TB: £6.99 2TB: £13.99

Google Drive: 100GB: £1.59 1TB: £7.99

So, Google wins on free tier, but Apple takes it on options and cost thereafter, and 15GB arguably is still insufficient for "OS storage" in any real tangible terms.

[0] no I don't have data. I do know plenty of Dropbox users though, and next to none of them have any extras.

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