A member of the Tame Apple Press who four years ago claimed that the Mac Pro contained everything that a laptop needed has admitted that his favourite company has dropped the ball with its latest version.
Jason Koeble wrote in 2012 a review which claimed that the non-retina MacBook Pro was the “most flexible and ultimately had the potential to be the most powerful laptop”. This was because it used used non-proprietary, upgradable RAM and the CD drive could be easily replaced with many types of solid state hard drives with minimal effort.
However, with the release of its new MacBook Pros, Keoble has had to admit that the fruity cargo cult has taken away this good thing that the MacBook Pro had and turned the device into something expensive and disposable.
Koeble tried his best to salvage what in Apple fanboy terms is a “scathing review”. He said that the new MacBook Pros were a performance upgrade for a product line that had gone four years without a significant redesign, but the move to smaller, thinner, sleeker has sacrificed customisability, reparability, and upgrade-ability.
However, that covered his obvious anger that the laptop has a glued down battery, soldered RAM and the specs of the computer you buy will be its specs until the end of its life.
Koeble said that the SSD was removable but was proprietary, which means finding replacement ones will require going to the grey market and Apple does not sell replacement parts to the public or to independent repair shops for MacBooks or iPhones.
He seems to be implying that Apple realised that its previous policy of allowing people to fix key parts was preventing them from buying new ones.
“I used a 2010 MacBook Air without feeling a particular need to upgrade it, and I’m sure there are tons of you out there in the same boat. As a rule, Apple’s computers last for a long time regardless of the specs it has. So to consumers, maybe upgradability doesn’t matter as much as it used to,” he said.
He said that Apple has little incentive to help those who upgrade and fix computers people and arguably has little obligation to build computers that can be repaired and resold on the secondary market.
What is weird about all this is that Apple is trying to sell itself as environmentally friendly. What this is doing is putting a lot of computers which could be re-used back on the rubbish tip.