My long-held, not entirely accurate reputation as an Apple fanboy might be in jeopardy: other than AirPods (which, btw, still don’t stay securely in my ears) I don’t own a single current gen Apple device at the moment. I’m still happily rocking my three-year-old iPhone 6S Plus, and while the devices that feel the slowest in daily usage are my iPad and my Apple Watch the one I’m most likely to upgrade next is the oldest: my 2011 (2011!!!) MacBook Air. The Air still runs surprisingly well but now that I’m unable to upgrade it to the latest Mac OS I think the end is nigh.
Here’s the aging profile of my current Apple loadout, from oldest device to newest device:
I was really hoping the new MacBook Air would present a clear choice for my next computer but its corresponding new higher price just confuses Apple’s entire lineup. Why are there now three vaguely differentiated product lines—the MacBook, the new MacBook Air and the 13″ MacBook Pro—all at basically the same price point? And we might as well throw in the newest (and also more expensive) iPad Pro now that Apple’s started comparing it directly to other laptops.
Who will bring order to this chaos? Who will tell me where to throw the money??