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Mac at 40: User experience was the innovation that launched a technology revolution

By Jacob O Wobbrock

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My next computer will be an Apple. I had one years ago and it was easy to use in comparison to others.

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There are only two types of Windows users: gamers and those who have never used a Mac.

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Enjoyable article. But you pay through the nose for that experience, and Apple's walled garden can easily become a prison. The margins on the App store would make a Yakuza blush.

I have a love/hate relationship with Apple, having owned a number of Apples and Macs. I did my thesis on a Mac Classic - a beautiful machine with the finest keyboard I've ever used. It was the only Mac I ever bought new (helped by a grant). All the other Apple machines were second hand. You couldn't build a Macintosh from the parts the way you could a PC, so they were always harsh on the pocket, with truly offensive prices for extra RAM/peripherals. With the beauty, came the limitations.

As well as the Classic I still have an LC475 built from two non-workers, a PowerMac and a G4, but I walked away from the Mac as a working platform when MS finally managed a GUI. For what it is, the Mac is a good product. But for me, they were too greedy with the prices and built those walls too high. So they are now very rich, and I don't use Macs day-to-day.

As for the next big thing in tech. Probably not from Apple, and not AI either. If Google don't mess it up (and its 50/50), it may be their global roll out of India's UPI payment platform as a sort of PayPal 2.0. Unless they fold it into Google Pay, which would be a disaster. UPI is all about people and user experience. And don't be surprised that it started in India. GAFA have been entrenched in their corporate bubbles and haven't innovated much for some time. A huge chunk of the readers I get for my tech stuff on Academia come from the Indian subcontinent.

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Apple computers and devices last.

Main computers. Mac Mini 2010. Mac Mini 2012. (13 and 11 years). Keyboard and trackpad 2007. (16 years). Apple TV 3 2012. (11 years).

Total less than ¥150,000.

I can update the 2012 Mac Mini to the latest Sonoma OS using Open Core Patcher.

I will buy a new Mac Mini M2 this year, probably refurbished.

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I still could have a functioning iMac DV, except the guy local guy (only Private Apple Authorized guy in North Florida) told me it would be so old, NO web pages would display properly on it. (HD died 2nd time in 20 years)

I had / have two other iMacs, the one from 2007? has about the same problem, it works but the software on it won't display anything properly due to web page coding / age (don't know the story with that; it's at the ex's house with daughter).

This MacBook Pro I'm wring with, (15"; 2013 manufacture) works like it was just made, now that it has a newly installed SSHD put in it just prior to coming back to Japan / Okinawa....the battery (10+ years old is STILL holding almost it's total maximum battery capacitance + / - 500mA.

You couldn't get me to buy any other computer unless it cost only ¥100

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Apple computers and devices last.

Yes, my original Bondi Blue bubble iMac ( 1999 )still works. I sometimes turn it on just to look at the old fashioned fonts.

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Mr Kipling

yes, but my Macs are used daily for all the work I need to do. They are not toys. You might get a good price for it.

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Macs are wonderful to use but they are twice the cost of pcs and cannot be upgraded at all, or even repaired if you have an ssd or ram failure…out of warranty it’s a doorstop. Windows pcs can be repaired by anyone.

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I far prefer using Macs, but the walled garden and high prices others have mentioned is a problem. So I always keep one foot in another camp (android/linux).

The people above talking about their old Macs and how they still "work." Really? Update end famously early for Macs. Old Macs cannot be updated. They won't work with any of the newer systems and, most importantly, become a huge security risk. And the hard-drive on my 2018 Macbook is dying as I write this (on a new Mac).

All said, I still prefer Macs because they are very easy to use and convenient but I have a lot of issues with the company.

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One year later Amiga introduced Workbench, which, in my opinion, was the better GUI.

Also, Amigas were far more powerful and versatile than Apple. But alas, Commodore screwed up even though the Amiga evolved into the first professional desktop video editor (Video Toaster) and 3D modeling/animation for the average user. (Lightwave) Key word here is average user.

Commodore somehow threw it all away.

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Old Macs can be updated to the latest Sonoma OS using the Open Core Patcher.

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There are only two types of Windows users: gamers and those who have never used a Mac

Right, high majority of the enterprise business users are all on Windows, close to 70% market share..

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WandoraJan. 21 10:33 am JST

There are only two types of Windows users: gamers and those who have never used a Mac.

That's pretty much everybody, but I have used a Mac and do not appreciate that that jail made cool exists.

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Old Macs can be updated to the latest Sonoma OS using the Open Core Patcher.

Many thanks for that.

Will give it a shot on my 2009 MacBook Pro that runs flawlessly.

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Man have we come a long way. I took a computer class during my senior year in HS (1984) and the graphics weren't even this good! Of course I have a Computer Science college degree now and the field keeps changing all the time.

We have truly come light-years since that time. I remember that ad very well. The internet was foretold and it 'arrived' around 1993.

Revolution, evolution, progress.

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