Apple is becoming boring.

Started Feb 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
gaussian blur Veteran Member • Posts: 5,459
Re: Fear of change is a strange response from tech professionals

MarkJH wrote:

Apple has a strong, strong history of introducing and committing itself to abrupt paradigmatic change. It's probably one of the company's strongest lines of identifiable "DNA."

  • They ditched text-and-key-based interfaces for Mouse-and-GUI.

Turned out to be a good move.

  • About 1988 or so, they ditched the Apple II altogether. You like the Apple II? Doing cool things with it? Impressed with the possibilities the IIgs suggests? Too bad.

They ditched it because so few people were buying it.

  • About 1995, they ditched ADB for USB. You're running an IT shop and have a fortune invested in ADB peripherals? Too bad.

USB first appeared in 1998 with the original iMac and there were USB-ADB adapters for existing peripherals. The rest of the Mac lineup didn't suddenly go away either. It took a year or two for every Mac to transition to USB.

  • Postscript, AppleTalk, OpenDoc? Unceremoniously booted, booted, booted.

Wrong. Postscript still works and AppleTalk worked through Leopard. OpenDoc never caught on.

  • in 2001, they ditched classic Mac OS for OS X. You've got specialized apps that really require the classic OS? Not happy about how they "work" in the half-hearted, poorly supported "classic" mode? Too bad.

Wrong. Classic lasted for five years until Intel Macs were released in 2006, when it was not practical to port and too few people were using it to justify porting it even if it was.

  • In 2005, they ditched the Motorola PowerPC architecture for Intel. You've got dedicated PowerPC software (like Adobe CS2 !!! )? Too bad: both you and Adobe have 18 months to get in the Intel groove.

Apple announced the Intel transition in 2005 and started shipping Intel Macs in 2006. PowerPC apps continued to work until this year with Lion. Adobe released CS3 as fast as they could, including a public beta. Those who relied upon CS2 didn't have to buy a new Mac until CS3 shipped.

  • Last year, they started ditching optical drives for iCloud. What are you still doing with CDs and DVDs, anyway?

Only the MacBook Air and latest Mac mini lack optical drives and they sell an external optical drive for those who still use them. The next MacBook Air probably won't have a DVD drive and none too soon. It's excess weight that doesn't need to be there all the time.

All of these changes were abrupt and made with little concern for backward support. They forced you the Apple customer, to commit, too: if you wanted to join Jobso in changing the world, you had 12 - 18 months to jump on the wagon with the latest tech or get left in the dust.

None of them were abrupt. Classic lasted 5 years and Rosetta lasted 6 years.

People have complained loudly at each of these changes, but bold moves paid dividends every time. We got the most reliable, useful, powerful, intuitive computing platform in the world. We got pushed into remarkable future possibilities.

A few people complained loudly. With Classic, it was a single digit percentage who still used it.

So, why is it such a surprise, now, that Apple's changing the game again?

It's not a surprise. People just like to complain because they hate change.

Remember the famous Wayne Gretzky truism: you've got to skate to where the puck will be, not to where it is (or has been).


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