As much as we certified Apple watchers love Apple kit, there is something rotten going on in Cupertino these days. Product upgrades seem to be based upon a manufacturing schedule that includes various suppliers and their parts inventories, divided by the going price for iguana feces during an Ethiopian locust plague.
In other words, when Apple upgrades any product except iPhone, it seems to happen on a helter skelter schedule. Remember the Mac mini and MacBook Air? It took Apple years to upgrade each model. We love ’em, yes, but moss grew on my desk waiting for the new ones.
Apple just upgraded the mid-range iPad line, yet we still have old Mac models hobbling around the Apple Stores. Why?
I see a couple of stumbling blocks that Apple’s executives and engineers have yet to move out of the way. The first is the T2 security chip found in the new MacBook Air and Mac mini models.
It has bugs. Too many bugs. Think Thunderbolt and audio bug. Omar Sohail:
Apple’s T2 Chip Is Causing Problems for People Using Thunderbolt 3 Ports and Audio Professionals – Fix Yet to Roll Out
That’s not good and it’s not just limited to the new models, either.
Apple T2 chip might crash iMac Pro, MacBook Pro
The Apple-designed T2 chip is an excellent differentiator and provides Mac users with a level of security not found on Windows PCs, and those troubles might explain why Face ID hasn’t made it to the Mac. Yet.
The T2 chip controls a variety of Mac subsystems, including boot and security functions. It has already been blamed for some other troubles, including kernel panics, Mojave installation errors, and interfering with third-party repairs.
Face ID launched almost two years ago in the original iPhone X. All three new iPhone models have Face ID. Both new iPad Pro models have Face ID.
What about the Mac?
Apple’s own in-house designed A-Series CPUs for iPhone and iPad are awesome beasts but have yet to show up in a Mac. In fact, the rest of the non-MacBook Air and non-Mac mini line is in need of a refresh.
iMac Pro is two years old. The iMac line has yet to see Intel’s latest Inside. The entry-level MacBook has gone on sale in recent months which might indicate an inventory work down in progress, but there is no word at all about the so-called modular Mac Pro which Apple says will replace the aging cylinder Mac Pro, circa late 2013, still available on the Apple Store without a notable upgrade since it launched.
Dear, Tim Cook. We are ready for new Macs with T2 chips that don’t make the Mac experience wonky. MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro. Put Face ID into the pro models, and Touch ID into the entry-level models and we’re good to go for the rest of 2019.
Thank you. KMac.