Why I’m Leaving Apple for Microsoft: Switching as a Photographer

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Apple, we had a good run… Through the many iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, Mac Pros, heck, even the Apple Watch, it was a good run indeed. However, times have changed, and that beauty that was once your innovation has now been covered up with the makeup that is nice marketing.

Don’t get me wrong, I am writing this on iMac number three, but like all other Apple products, it will soon be slower and barely usable due to some OS update that, while not mandatory, will show me an “update” banner ruthlessly until I succumb. But as I look back on the good times, I start to see what our relationship really was… More at PetaPixel.

There is some merit in some of the points made in the article above, but that bit in bold above is silly talk. How can anyone suggest that Apple products get slower and slower and then move to a Windows PC? There is no doubt in my mind that this is a much bigger problem on the Windows side.

Categories: Apple, Photography, Windows

5 replies

  1. Apple is now pretty rigorous in its 5 year rule. Any hardware older than 5 years can’t get the latest operating system release. And there’s no physical reason for it. If the hardware won’t support a feature, then the feature doesn’t work. That already happens with 4 and 5 year old hardware, why not 6 or 7.

    As for slowing down, new versions of software tend to take advantage of newer hardware. At times, an app won’t even run on anything less than Sierra or iOS 10. But that doesn’t stop what you were running before. So while a Mac is not slowing down, it may not work as well with new releases. For a photographer, that may mean that new app versions may run slower, or may not run at all. And doesn’t any photographer want the latest and greatest?

    That said, I don’t see Windows as a better option, just another one. Windows and PCs have the same issues regarding older hardware. In fact older versions of Windows were very bad for requiring hardware upgrades to keep performance. It looks like Microsoft is trying to emulate Apple with Windows 10. Keeping the same base and adding to it. But it’s early in the Windows 10 life cycle. We shall see.

  2. From Apple for Sierra. Maybe closer to 6 years.
    MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
    MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
    MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
    Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
    iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
    Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)

    Also from Apple:
    Vintage products are those that have not been manufactured for more than 5 and less than 7 years ago.
    Obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago.

    I can’t upgrade my 2009 MacBook Pro, even though it was speced out when I got it and runs great with an SSD.

    Bet you won’t be able to upgrade to whatever is after Sierra.

  3. Counter-acted by being more inclined to sell expensive hardware.

    Am I just being bitchy? LOL

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