I know that we’re generally all fans of Windows based PC’s here and Mac is a dirty word - that makes sense, our primary source of members is from a gaming background where PC is god.
But from a professional point of view, Mac is - or at least was - the front runner - especially in the realms of design and open-source development. I got my Macbook Pro over a year ago now, and love it. For the cost, it was extremely reasonable - a 2560x1600 screen, capable of running multiple 5K displays with an i5 chip in a the silent shell of a tiny laptop. Amazing. The OS, whilst taking a while to get used to, had a lot of features that mocked Windows operating systems of old.
Equally, MacOS has the core of a linux system - the file structure and permissions. For doing web development, I found that loading dependencies was easy and as you learn stuff built on a LAMP architecture, the transition from a Mac was a breeze.
It seems however, that the MBP I purchased was and will be the last ‘good’ Mac.
Things seem to be changing. Where Apple have dropped the ball, Microsoft are running with it. fast. In an article in Bloomsberg that discussed the fall of Apple, a paragraph really stood out:
This is the problem. Apple are making most of their money from the iPhone-touting-hipster-majority and not from the smaller band of developers and designers. This never used to be the case. They catered for both side.
So I’m disenfranchised with Apple as a company (but not with the product I currently own). But is there an alternative?
Microsoft have recently (well, from 2016) started to release more ‘developer’ inspired structures that break away from the Windows standards. For example:
- You can now install BASH on your Windows PC and have it act just like Linux. This isn’t a VM, it’s a proper linux substructure.
- Microsoft have implemented .net Core 2.0 platform that crosses the boundaries of Windows, Mac and Linux. Nice.
- With the advent of hardware like the Surface Book & Pro - You finally have powerful Windows based devices with screen resolutions to match (exceed) a Macbook Pro - at less cost.
So I think with those 3 elements, the winds have shifted. Apple either need to produce something amazing in the next year or two that focuses on cutting edge hardware and power - and not just focus on how thin and portless they can make their products.
I’m going to start playing with more of the new features in Windows… and if they do what I want, I can see a possible PC upgrade coming in the distant future. Its a bit annoying, because I do love my MBP. But tech moves fast and you have to be on the cutting edge of it.