IN THE past couple of years (or probably even more), I’ve seen Apple’s dominance in the laptop realm get “eroded.” Eroded in the sense that the laptops they were releasing weren’t as compelling as it was before. I would agree with what some have said; that Apple’s not innovating anymore and it’s just counting on its brand name as a status symbol to be able to push out products to consumers.
And with that in mind, I find it hard to shell out more than P50,000 in order to get even a base model Macbook Pro laptop. Sure, the specs are not something to scoff at and it will still fight royally with other brands in terms of performance. But, of late, the problems that their new laptops are having make me think twice more about getting one.
For example, last year’s thermal throttling issue when Apple released their then brand new Macbook Pros with the 8th Gen Intel Core processors. If they are the touted to be one of the greatest design and engineering groups in the industry, why the problem? Did they not test their designs before going ahead with mass production? I mean, wouldn’t it be common sense that a very powerful processor will most definitely create a lot of heat because of how it’s designed to perform? And if it’s expected to generate so much heat, wouldn’t it be common sense as well to make sure that the “house” where you put in that “hot” processor is ventilated well to avoid overheating?
I guess Apple was putting more premium into how it can make their laptops thinner and thinner as years go by. My gut tells me that the latest gen processors were slapped in there to goad people to get their hands on the latest laptops because they’re “new” and “better” than their already one-year old laptop. I can’t see how innovative that is already. I mean, what use is a high-powered processor if it gets throttled down so much because of heat. There’s that much heat in the first place because, it would seem, that the laptops are just not properly designed to dissipate that much heat.
I still use a late-2013 15-inch Macbook Pro and it still serves me well. I have no problems with heat. Sure it can get warm but it doesn’t get hot that I take performance hits on my daily work routine. This laptop even fell of a high chair and landed on its side. And I think its chasis is somewhat bent but I still don’t have issues with it. It still works damn well.
So, yeah, should I still Apple? Maybe not today. Perhaps my relationship with the Macbook Pro line ends with this one I’m using now. In recent weeks I’ve been looking at alternatives from Dell, Razer, among many others. I must say, the choices are very compelling. The prices are even more of a reason to switch. I just feel that I get more “laptop” with those other brands than if I am on any of the new Macbook Pro models.
And until Apple comes out with something compelling again, I’ll be staying away from their laptops.
I already ditched my iPhone and switched to an Android device and that’s saying a lot already.
I think you should too.