Because humans like lists, and nearly 1-billion people have iPhones, and anything Apple gets eyeballs, ZDNet, in an article without an author, came up with a list of Apple’s blunders over the past five years:
- iPhone 5c
- No Touchscreen Mac
- Touch Bar on MacBook Pro
- Apple Watch
- Mac Pro
- Apple Cables
See a problem with the list? Where’s the blunder? Where are the mistakes? It’s a gimmick article and typical ZDNet. Fluff, no substance.
- Dongles – without them we would still be using ADB, Serial, Parallel, SCSI, and other antiques from the last century. Instead, we move forward. Dongles are sometimes– not always– a necessity.
- iPhone 5c – blunder? Apple sold tens of millions of the entry level model, and sells tens of millions of its successor, iPhone SE
- Touchscreen – Apple says it won’t happen, meanwhile touchscreen Windows-based PCs go down in sales, Macs continue to sell in record numbers.
- Touch Bar – try it before you knock it; it works so much better than a set of static Function keys, is context sensitive to the front most app, and comes with Touch ID fingerprint sensor. There is nothing to not like.
- Watch – is the leading smartwatch, and already has damaged the Swiss watch industry; oh, and it has the second highest satisfaction rating of any Apple product (AirPod is #1). Those who use it, love. Sorry, it did not sell in iPhone numbers because it’s an iPhone accessory. Nothing sells in iPhone numbers.
- Mac Pro – great device, but missed the targeted market. I’ll give ’em that one.
- iTunes – gotta be in the Top 10 list of all apps being used on Macs or Windows PCs. It’s a big mess, though. What would be better? Or, put differently, what is better?
- Cables – learn how to use a cable and they won’t bend, break, or fray. The last time I needed to replace a broken cable was about eight years ago. Considering all the Apple kit I buy that’s a good record.