Yes. It’s a ridiculous play on words. I saw it on a bumper sticker recently– visualize whirled peas. The general meme among members of online technology publications is that Apple should be able to solve every problem, and, when Apple does not, well, shame on Apple.
Apple cannot bring us world peace. Apple can’t even bring us whirled peas. Or, a Mac that will make Mac professionals happy. Or, a Mac that will quell worries about the Mac’s future.
Future? What future?
ZDNot’s Larry Dignan expresses the technology industry’s indignation:
The guts of the MacBook Pro get a needed upgrade and the keyboard is quieter. But Apple needs to do more to convince us it has some enthusiasm or the Mac portfolio.
I dunno. 32GB of RAM, Core i9 Intel Inside, 4TB of the fastest SSD you can buy in a notebook seems to be Apple making a statement, no? And how about that iMac Pro? It’s the most powerful Mac you can buy, for now, but the starting price is lower than an original 1984 Mac in 1984 dollars.
But that circa 2016 design remains.
No, not really. Remember, 2016 was barely 18 months ago, and I remember that design– flat, clamshell notebook with rounded corners– in my first Mac notebook, circa 1992.
Somehow there is something wrong with a notebook design that has been copied ad nauseam by every Windows PC notebook maker. Instead of complaining that Apple is just bringing us faster but same old same old, how about if technology writers got together at some conference and came up with a futuristic design to show Apple the way?
While Apple’s update of the guts of the Mac — not to mention a third generation quieter keyboard — is nice, the effort is a bit uninspired. In fact, the only thing Apple accomplished was stoking fears that the company is lollygagging with the Mac innovation.
What were the Mac notebook complaints prior to the new models? Keyboard. RAM. GPU. CPU. SSD. Not in that order of importantance. What did Apple do? Checked ’em all off the list but that’s not good enough because whirled peas.
As if such criticisms are not bad enough, it gets worse. ZDNot’s Jason Perlow argues the Mac is dying. Maybe so, maybe not, but what is the proof? It ain’t sales, folks.
That argument is based on the Mac potentially moving to ARM, a lack of true convergence with iOS and priorities that revolve around other products. Perhaps the iPad Pro replaces the MacBook at some point.
I remember hearing something like this a month after Steve Jobs announced the original iPad in 2010. Eight years later and instead of insightful analysis we’re still getting blah, blah, blah, repeat from the likes of ZDNot. Jobs outlined the future before he died. Remember the post-PC era? Well, it’s here. About 98-percent of all Apple products are mobile devices, including the 80-percent of Mac sales which are notebooks.
The future is here, folks, and the Mac is just one part of it. Too bad Apple cannot bring us world peace or whirled peas.