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Popular Developer Slams Apple for ‘Sad State of Macintosh Hardware’

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A longtime Apple developer has slammed Apple’s Mac lineup and the Cupertino company’s lack of recent updates.

A new critique penned by Rogue Amoeba developer Quentin Carnicelli – who works on Mac software like Airfoil, Audio Hijack, Loopback, and Fission – bashes Apple for what he calls “the sad state of Macintosh hardware.” Basically, Mac users are out of luck if they’re looking for a fresh Mac update from Apple.

“It’s very difficult to recommend much from the current crop of Macs to customers, and that’s deeply worrisome to us, as a Mac-based software company,” Carnicelli writes.

Using MacRumor‘s Buyer’s Guide, Carnicelli sums up the state of the Mac: not a single model in its current line-up is rated as “Buy Now.” The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro were last updated over a year ago, while the Mac Pro was updated 440 days ago. The Mac Mini was last updated over three and a half years ago. The only “fresh” option Mac fans have is the $5,000 USD iMac Pro, which was updated 186 days ago.

In addition to the lack of updates, Carnicelli mentions the lack of physical integrity in some Mac models. He mentions the recent criticism Apple received due to recent issues with its butterfly keyboards, Touchbar features, and the sole USB-C port on newer MacBook Pro models, in addition to the lack of Intel’s latest generation chips.

Carnicelli’s critique follows Apple’s omission of any new hardware updates at its recent Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month.

For consumers looking for the latest and greatest computer hardware, it seems as if Macs are not an option if Carnicelli is to be believed. However, despite the Cupertino company’s stale hardware lineup, people keep continuing to buy. One can only wonder if this is indeed the very reason Apple lets its machines stagnate so – why update if the public continues to buy? It certainly helps Apple keep those margins high.

“As a long (long) time Mac OS developer, one hesitates to bite the hand that feeds,” Carnicelli concludes. “At a certain point, however, it seems there won’t even be anything left worth biting.”

 

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