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  • Newsletter Issue #801: Apple Needs to Change a Few Things

    April 6th, 2015

    Believe it or not, but most people who buy Macs don’t consider the ability to upgrade or lack thereof. The latest Geekbench scores are not high on the list of priorities. Apple publishes specs, but they aren’t quite as detailed as on some PC boxes. Reason is that Mac customers are seeking a soliton, not a built-it-yourself kit. That has always separated the Macs from the PCs since 1984.

    Some of you may not realize that the very first Mac couldn’t be upgraded. It was a closed box, same as the toaster oven or refrigerator. You wouldn’t think of tearing apart a refrigerator unless something needs to be fixed, and then it’s usually done by the repair service. So it’s easy to see the reason for some of the choices Apple has made through the years since they claim to be selling computing appliances.

    To me, however, the very first Mac that I brought into my home (after using one at work for several years) was a IIcx from 1989, which was quite easy to upgrade; in fact, easier than most modern Macs. Just pop the cover, and everything was out in the open for you. Of course, you had to remove the floppy drive on occasion to clean it out, since it was prone to gather dust, so being too open had its downsides. But Apple has more and more moved to preventing users from being able to replace or upgrade anything.

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