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    I have to agree with this. My personal Mac is a 2013 model Macbook, and between how well it still runs and the high price and design compromises in newer Macbooks, I don’t feel much interest in updating it. I am starting to consider replacing it with a Pixelbook, since the price came down to well below $1,000. I already have a cheaper chromebook, but oh those HiDPI screens are so nice.

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      I have the same model. It’s a really nice machine, but I agree I just don’t see the reason to update. There’s so much more to offer in other ecosystems (especially considering price), and the idea that the answer to long-form document creation in the Apple ecosystem seems to be “iPad Pro with a 3rd party wireless keyboard/mouse” is just…weird. But maybe I’m excessively old-school.

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      I’ve heard a lot about the internal fighting between the Apple II and Macintosh teams back in the 80s, I wonder if there is a similar thing going on between the iOS hardware and macOS hardware teams.

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        Maybe… but that doesn’t have nearly the explanatory power of the simple fact that Apple’s margins on its iOS products are much higher than on their entire Macintosh line. Apple simply seeks higher profits. The interesting question to me is how far they’re willing to go in cannibalizing the Mac business on which their iOS developer community depends!

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          “The interesting question to me is how far they’re willing to go in cannibalizing the Mac business on which their iOS developer community depends!”

          This is the thing they may not be seeing at the executive level. The apps are still flowing while Mac gets low investment. So, all is good and will be, right? Whereas, they dropped over a billion dollars on assuring hardware production since it’s a core dependency without which their profit will be gone.

          I think Macs would improve if Apple looked at them as a core dependency. Just harder to see due to non-linear effects of ecosystem vs invest in new hardware -> new phones/tablets -> profit from those phones/tablets.

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        If you’re an Apple customer aren’t you supposed to be migrating to the iPad Pro?

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          WWDC is a developers conference, not a consumer/product conference. Why would new hardware be announced in WWDC?

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            Historically, that’s just how Apple does it. Macworld says:

            WWDC kicks off with a big keynote, at which Apple execs typically introduce the latest developments in Apple operating systems (iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS) and introduces new hardware products, with a focus on those that developers care about most. That is, primarily Mac computers (especially the Pro lines).

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              Beyond the historical “they always do it”, it’s also because Apple doesn’t differentiate between software and hardware releases from a developer’s perspective. Apple is a consumer electronics company, and views the entire stack- software through hardware- as a single releaseable unit.

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                Every single iOS-developer, and every single Mac developer who writes native apps, need a Mac. If Apple for example fucks up the keyboard on their laptops, then every one of those developers who use a laptop have to live with that until Apple fixes it.

                (I know it’s technically possible to make an iOS-app on another OS and then only sign it using a Mac, but I think the point still stands; in general, Apple’s developers use Macs.)