On the nose of the Apple presentation on June 4, and many are waiting, among other things, to update the Mac line, whether it’s a MacBook Pro laptop or an iMac. In the articles and comments on this site, there have already been many assumptions about what will, and what does not, hope. But now I would like to reflect on those things that are in no way acceptable to the company calling itself innovative in 2018, that would not have thought about this in Apple itself.
It’s a shame to admit, but the company still uses hard drives in its premium computers. Hard drives on magnetic plates appeared at the dawn of the computer era, along with magnetic tape and floppy disks. They went through a number of improvements, but soon rested on the limit of the speed of writing and reading data, which today is a real bottleneck in the performance of the entire system.
Modern operating systems are also very demanding on the speed of the drive, and whatever powerful and expensive processor you have, the OS installed on the hard drive will take a long time to boot, start programs slowly, constantly hang when working with files and just constantly infuriate you! Obviously, a modern computer requires the use of a fast solid state drive (SSD), without it anywhere.
Now let’s talk about expediency. The younger model iMac 4K costs 95 thousand rubles, and the hard disk installed on it costs 1TB … 3-4 thousand in retail? You know the prices! This is ridiculous! This is the cheapest component of the entire candy bar. And this is what I call “The Famous Apple Applet.”
This also applies to Fusion Drive – a technology that allows you to turn HDD and SSD into one logical volume. This is a great solution, which has no analogues, at least for Windows-machines. The speed of the Fusion Drive is almost inferior to the speed of the solid state drive entering it. But, firstly, Apple uses SSD too small in bundles on 1TB, which still slows down the speed when working with heavy files. And, secondly, FD was originally conceived as a temporary solution and the time to abandon it came. Prices assortment, volumes, reliability of modern solid-state drives speak for this.
Another reason for rejecting the FD is the obvious problems with the work on it of the new Apple file system. Support for APFS these hybrid drives have not yet received.
To begin with, all Intel processors produced in 2011 have the same architecture. And as a result, the performance per core for 7 years has grown by no more than a third – 33 percent! For the semiconductor industry this is a real stagnation! That is, changing your old man in 2011 to a brand new bug with a “heel” or “coffee pot”, you get increased responsiveness through SSD, a chic high-resolution screen (which also saves the performance of a more powerful graphics system to its previous values), a fresh battery, holding a charge, and … everything. You do not get a general performance boost, if in both cases you have a processor with the same number of cores. And it’s called “The Famous Intel’s Fault.”
The last two years, the processor market is booming multi-core. Applications and games are increasingly using multi-threaded computing and are faster. A striking example is the AMD FX processor, which at the start of sales in the distant 2012 with its 8-mu weak cores merged even the budgetary 2-core Intel core i3 in gaming tests, as a result of which it was recognized as a failure. But already in 2018 the same FX wins the updated i3 and last year’s i5 !!
All because modern games (and working applications too) at the program level have learned to use several threads of processor calculations. And important now is not only the performance per core, but also the number of cores.
Following this trend, all major processor lines in 2018 received an increased number of processing cores, and 2 nuclear models are positioned only as weak low-cost solutions for office “printing machines.” And, going back to Apple, it will be shameful for them to release new models of Mac with such processors.
So, now we know that if 30 years ago computers were getting faster hard drives, then 5 years ago they started switching to SSD. If 20 years ago computers received a higher frequency of the processor, now the number of cores is growing. If 15 years ago computers received new ports, now they are unifying.
Nothing develops linearly. Except one. And 50, and 10 years ago, computers became thinner.
The desire for subtlety is the most outdated thing in Apple products.
Subtlety has already reached its aesthetic and ergonomic perfection, and further only goes to the detriment, meeting on its way physical limitations:
- Thinner aluminum walls of the new MacBook Pro harm its durability, chips and dents spoil the look. Heat pipes of the cooling system 1 mm thick can not cope with heat removal. A reduced battery damages autonomy.
- Thin side edges of the iMac users would prefer easier access to the inside for cleaning from dust and replacement of accessories. And at a certain angle, the latest iMacs look like ancient monitors with a kinescope – the rear wall is very convex.
- Thin keyboards have almost lost their slope and, as a result, ergonomics. On the inconvenience of the Magic Mouse there are legends.
- It is worth recalling that the mechanical keyboard Apple 80-ies on the switches ALPS still enjoy great respect from collectors and fans. And in the context of refusing subtlety, I would also like to return the mechanics from Apple!