There are times when I don’t know what to make of Apple. For example, we’re coming up on nearly 18 months of Mac Pro silence when Apple told the world that a new and modular Mac Pro was on the way. One day. Maybe by 2019. Seriously? Does it take that long to build a new Mac?
In the meantime, Apple still sells the MacBook Air. And the Mac mini. To satisfy all the noise of Mac professionals, we are graced with the screaming fast MacBook Pro line and the even faster iMac Pro line. For so-called professionals. Apparently, if you make enough noise in public, Apple will respond with new hardware.
OK, Apple. Where is the 2018 Mac mini?
Instead, Apple upgraded the now defunct AirPort Express with AirPlay 2 support. Why? Or, rather; why bother? It’s not even an 802.11 a/c device. How about AirPlay 2 support for my aging but still running AirPort Extreme?
No. Can. Do.
AirPlay 2 works on a whole laundry list of third party brands, plus HomePod and Apple TV, even the iPhone 5s or newer, iPad mini 2 or newer, and both the recent Apple TV models, not to mention any Mac notebook made in the past 5, 6, or 7 years.
Some things make sense in Apple’s new high tech bonkers world.
Hey, Apple. How about a macOS Menubar that can be organized, customized, and still doesn’t bump into the frontmost applications menus?
How about a Siri that recognizes my voice instead of just anyone’s voice? Or, even different languages. What’s the deal with Apple Maps? It has improved, but not enough to use instead of Waze.
Apple gives us choices for Safari search engines. That’s the good news. Google remains the default. That’s the bad news. All those privacy features don’t mean diddly squat if Apple remains shacked up with Google’s cash horde.
How about some Face ID features to match those in Touch ID? You remember Touch ID, right? Add up to five fingers– including someone else’s fingers– to recognize. Face ID. It’s your mug or nothing.
After more than a few decades Apple’s copy and paste on the Mac remains a copy and a paste and if anything else gets copied, then what was copied before is lost. Multiple clipboards, Mac team. It’s a thing. But I shouldn’t complain. iOS doesn’t have it, either.
We recognize Apple for the tight integration between hardware and software but does it not seem to you that Apple also launches some high tech bonkers and shenanigans, too?
Oh, and why can’t my Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch be set so that a Reminder goes off on whichever device I choose instead of just one– and we never know for sure which it is?
Bonkers. Maddening. Strange. But bonkers.