Why have desktop designers gone totally mad? From KDE4 (and no, the problem wasn't just that the first release wasn't ready) to Gnome 3 to Windows 8, all total, hopeless crap. Fortunately somebody forked Gnome and created Mate, now the only decent desktop between the ones mentioned above.
Aaron Seigo, Gnome and Windows devs, do you hear me? Most people want to do some real work with their computers, not play with crazy concepts.
Concerning Windows 8,
I haven't even used it
As of 7/1/12 it
is unusable for my purposes. It looks like a play toy; my computers are not play toys, they are tools
to accomplish tasks. Metro is a toy. I would switch to the 'classic' mode right after installation. Some classic mode...since I saw it for the first time in that article, I might not even want Win8...I sniff Vista...
But Apple has gone mad with their hardware. 15" MacBooks Pro with retina display can cost up to 3000 Euro!
What do you get in return? A locked-down laptop, you can't add RAM or replace the Flash storage (a miserly 256GB on the "base" model).
Price is an ouch. However, it's not totally locked down; yes, no RAM replacement, but you can replace the flash storage with the same sticks you can throw in the MacBook Air (say from OWC). My personal feeling about the MBP retina is mixed, what I like:
3. Display quality
5. USB 3
6. RAM speed
7. Flash storage. A "measly" 256 GB, yes, but many users like myself might not need more, or are able to pay for more. I'll admit, if I were a video designer I would probably be disappointed.
8. 2 ThunderBolt ports. This is more of a "look what I got" instead of a practical tool, see more below in what I don't like. It's still nice though.
What I don't like:
1. No optical drive. This one is debatable, but I use CDs/DVDs all day (education and legacy OS/software installation mainly), so I can't really toss it (yet). That's why in my hackintosh I have four (yes, 4) DVD-RW drives.
2. Only 2 USB ports. If you're going to toss the optical drive, I would have at least 4
. But that's just me.
3. No FW 800 or Ethernet. 2 Thunderbolt ports is awesome, but the technology is young and very
expensive. Ethernet is used in many professional business situations, and FW is used by cameras and other devices that media users need. Interesting considering that's the new MBP's target...
4. Non-replaceable RAM
One thing I'm wondering though: between the 2 TB (ThunderBolt) ports and HDMI, does that mean that one could theoretically run three additional displays? That would be really awesome for graphic designers if that was the case...
In sum, I think it's a great product, but too far ahead in the future. According to Phil Schiller, the goal with this MacBook Pro (and previously the addition of the Air) is to dispose of legacy technologies to prepare for the future. I think that this MBP is just a little too early in it's inception, and this kind of design will be useful in maybe 5-15 years. OTOH, I thought the same thing about the initial 2008 MacBook Air (I used to think, "why would anyone buy a MacBook Air? They're really expensive and not that useful, especially with the [cheaper] white MacBook around.") And now look where it's at: it started the entire Ultrabook market, which is taking off like a rocket. But this is 3-4 years after the original release.
The 17" one, clearly the most "professional" one, has been discontinued.
And what about the Mac Pro? It hasn't been really updated, now you get slightly higher specs, same old components, for more, in Europe.
This is news to me. Here in the US, the base quad-core config remained $2500 USD, and the only other default config (the 12-core) went from $4999 to $3799. So nothing went up here...but, according to 9to5 Mac, someone emailed Tim Cook, and he said that a major Mac Pro update is coming in 2013...let's see if he's right.
About the 17": this was the saddest part about the WWDC. I love the 17", and I was looking forward to buying a brand new one in 3 years when I go to college.
However, I believe that if enough people put up a stink about it, it may come back. It's not like 17" notebooks are legacy products like (for example) Rosetta. There is no chance that Apple would reintroduce legacy technology (i.e. Rosetta) in a new product (referring to the previous example, Mountain Lion) when they axed it previously. But they may bring back original product designs, case in point being the iPod Shuffle, which in it's 4th generation was a screen-less, button-less paper clip one could plug headphones into. Because almost everybody hated it, in the 5th (current) generation they brought back the buttons. I think the same thing could possibly
happen with the 17" MBP. At least I hope so.
Apple, why do you hate your professional users so much?
Soon nobody will develop for you any longer. This is your missed opportunity to take users away from Windows.
This I must disagree with. While I do agree that pro users are more on the back burner and consumer users on the front, I believe the professional forefront is changing. Like all the other risky moves Apple has done in the past, I think that they could very well predict correctly the future of professional computing, and at that point their products (I have the Retina MBP in mind) will be much more "professional" than they appear to be now. For example, video editing may take less RAM, and the need to replace it will not be there (simple speculation, don't run too far with this).
I disagree that nobody will develop for them. Worst case scenario, if Win and Gnome go the way they're going there may be no alternative to OS X. More likely, I see Apple still sustaining a substantial (and healthy) developer community. Whether this is a missed opportunity to steal away Windows users, I can't say, but it will manifest itself fully later.
All in all, I have to say that I think that probably this will be another (risky) come-and-go of rejection of Apple's new products. Case in point, 68k to PPC, PPC to Intel (both architecture compatibility concerns), Tiger to Leo (no Classic support), Snow Leo to Lion (no Rosetta support), private distribution to App Store (more strict guidelines for development), etc. Most developers (and users, l think) have adapted to most, if not all, of these transitions, and this one appears to be no different.