MacOS (that was OSX) is built around Darwin, a unix based OS apple made based on nextstep, bsd and other bits. Darwin is also the underlying core of iOS, albeit with a completely different gui on top.
“My parents have 2 ipads and a desktop thing and love them as “they just work””
That’s apple’s aim, to get their stuff into the hands of regular people who don’t want anything specialised or complicated. That’s a much bigger market than SME development design/graphic work, so they’ve alienated their former market to some extent, in order to capture a much bigger market. They don’t actually have a choice in that; as a listed company their real product is share price and they have a responsibility to their shareholders to maximise that by maximising revenue and that means targeting the largest/most profitable markets they can. That goes back to what Jes has said about them alienating certain parts of the professional market, but it’s such a small (albeit somewhat vocal, online) market that they just aren’t going to care that much. Anyone who tried to push them back towards focusing on that market would find themselves replaced pretty sharpish.
I use apple stuff where it meets my requirements (phone, tablets, laptop), I use linux and cobbled together shit where i want to do stuff myself (media players, clock/radio thing, ADS-B receiver, time delay camera), and then when i want to play games and I’m forced to use windows, I have that too. I’m not a fanboy, apple make tons of mistakes, but they get a lot of shit from people who just want to hate; fuck those people, they are small, closed-minded, miserly sycophants who’ll just repeat whatever negative thing they last read on the internet in lieu of putting in the time and effort to form a justifiable opinion. Maybe they don’t like blanket statements like that, but that’s what they’re dishing out, so fuck 'em.
Don’t get me started on phones…oh wait…Jes brought it up.
The iPhone X says less about apple and more about the state of the mobile phone market; bigger but thinner (I’m not a fan), stupid security/unlock features (your face and finger are less secure than your brain), higher resolution cameras (I’d buy a camera if i needed one), 3d acceleration for ‘gaming’ (I’d buy a handheld, a switch, or even tablet before this was something i’d look for in a phone). I’d even argue screen resolution, depth, and colour reproduction are overkill at this point. It’s not like they don’t have a wide range of cheaper models with almost identical form factor and functionality.
I’m a big fan of things that state their aim and then do what they intended to well. Phones have swung massively towards a ‘jack of all trades master of none’ mentality, where your phone is better if it can play (some shitty) games, can access (some subset of) all your music, offer you a (subpar) VR experience, be unlocked by your (less secure than a mentally stored pin number) face, finger, or arsecheek, have the tallest widest, highest DPI screen with the most colours and the most patents you can implement then use some stupid term with unnecessary capitalisation like TrueSense, MagicTone, or RealFace, for their marketing.
Lately there’s some kind of push for phones that can offer you a ‘true’ desktop experience when connected to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. The only thing i could ever use such a desktop for would be connecting to an actual desktop. Beyond that you’re just using a desk, keyboard, mouse and monitor to operate your phone.
You (rhetorical, no one in particular, NO ONE GET DEFENSIVE) might be satisfied with your phone as a gaming device, VR display, desktop computer, camera etc, but you’d struggle to convince me it’s a better gaming device than a console/pc/dedicated gaming device, a better media player than a stereo or TV, a better VR headset than a rift or vive, or a better desktop computer than an actual desktop computer. Maybe having all those features together in one device with portability is super important to you, and you feel all tablets and laptops are just too big and heavy, but you’re getting into really niche markets there.
In response to Vred’s post re people, see my response to the Lithium Mining in Cornwall post, i think it’s covered there