The latest comes from yet another technology charlatan who claims “Microsoft has been busy reinventing the PC.” What? Really? How? Well, Microsoft decided to double down on Windows after missing the mobile revolution entirely. That meant, “Hey, let’s build some expensive PCs running Windows.”
They did. Microsoft’s Windows 10 Surface line of notebooks, hybrid tablets, and desktops get rave reviews from the tech contrarians and nattering nabobs of negativism on all things Apple, who, by the way, absolutely refuse to, 1) tell it like it is, and 2) let math take its course.
What Microsoft has done is build a few mid-range and high-end PCs, one running a crippled version of Windows 10, another using a notebook CPU on a desktop device, but all with two things in common. Windows. Touchscreen.
Forget about the fact that Microsoft’s Surface-whatever are priced about the same as anything Mac with comparable hardware. Forget about the fact that Microsoft’s Surface line has experienced diminishing sales while the Mac line sells at record levels. Again. And forget about the fact that technology writers mainly write non-news opinion pieces that are always long on contrarian headlines and short on the insightful analysis encapsulated in this paragraph.
Fact: Apple’s iPad Pro provides a better tablet experience than a Windows notebook tablet hybrid.
Fact: Apple’s MacBook notebook line provides a better notebook experience than a Windows notebook tablet hybrid.*
Alright, those are my facts and you might have *alternate facts but note one thing missing from all these Windows Surface comparisons to Mac or iPad. macOS Sierra vs. Windows 10. iOS vs. Windows 10. Oh, and the fact– not subject to alternative facts– that PC sales are going down (five years and counting), Microsoft Surface sales are going down (last year and this year; despite a bunch of new models and upgrades), and there are more applications available to choose from on iOS for iPad users than on Windows.
The Mac actually runs more applications than Windows because a Mac can run Windows, too.
Everyone– which means all of them– I know with a Windows 10 notebook tablet hybrid, whether Microsoft’s or some other so-called partner that can’t be too happy with Microsoft’s foray into hardware uses those devices as cheap notebooks. Not. As. Tablets. The touchscreen is nice, especially when zooming into images, but that’s about all anyone uses it for.
I want one.
Apple is correct about segregating the user experience, iPad and iOS vs. Mac and macOS Sierra. The iPad is the best tablet experience. The Mac is the best PC experience (which includes both hardware and software, the latter of which is seldom considered when technology charlatans do their evil comparison deeds).
I want a touchscreen on my Mac.
Yes, Touch Bar is nice and better and more useful and especially colorful than a Mac without it, but it’s an acquired taste. I want to acquire the taste of a touchscreen Mac.
Oh, wait. I already have it on my MacBook Pro. It’s called the trackpad and it does just about everything a touchscreen can do without having to worry about tennis elbow or fingerprints on the screen or even moving fingers more than a couple of inches.
Sorry. My bad. Carry on. I guess there is nothing old and stale about a Mac after all. Too bad technology writers don’t write about usability.