There is something refreshing about anyone who admits to making a mistake and then takes steps to correct it. You don't see it in Congress or the White House, and very rarely anywhere these days.
Apple executives have admitted making a big mistake. What error? Mac Pro 2013, Apple's minimal replacement for the very dear aluminum pro Mac Pro of yesteryear. Receiving an error is one thing, but sending a replacement is something else again. The Mac Pro bug won't be resolved until next year, but it's not the company's worst mistake ever.
Some or six years ago, someone at Apple came up with a radical new design for once and future Mac Pro, the powerful and overpriced cylinder unit that died on Apple's winters. Such an idea, like ideas in business, requires an Excel spreadsheet and a PowerPoint presentation somewhere early in the idea's life cycle. This is Apple, so it was a Numbers spreadsheet and a Keynote presentation that helped convince the power to get Mac Pro launched.
It was then and this is now. Mac Pro's only upgrade came this week after Apple executives realized the Mac Pro was a mistake and a new version is promised. Maybe next year.
Worst. Error. Ever?
No. Even the mighty Steve Jobs put some duds on my worst Apple Products Ever list. In order:
- Mac Portable ̵
- Apple III – big mistake at all levels and one that had Steve Jobs fingerprint over it.
- ROKR – iTunes in a Motorola phone. There is nothing else to say.
- Newton – iPad before iPhone became an iPad; It lasted nearly a dozen years.
- Mac Cube – pen, animal and Steve Jobs & # 39; baby.
- Pippin – Apple had a game console before the iPhone; so bad it never made it to the US
- iPod Hi-Fi – think of an iPod sticking out of a boom box. Steve Jobs again.
- iMac Hockey Puck Mouse – what did they think? Working again.
- Mac TV – can't blame this on Jobs, but it wasn't exactly a hit.
- QuickTake – yes, Apple had a camera that was ahead of its time
It's my personal Top 10 list of Apple's worst products ever. I would put 2013 Mac Pro at # 11, but just because I couldn't think of any other products that were such disasters.
John Gruber's Mac Pro Live's article has all the details behind Mac's death, along with some insightful analysis, some election leaders from Apple leaders, but the basics are obvious. Apple made a mistake. It took some time, but Apple admitted the error and is working to fix it with a new line of Macs targeting Mac users who need more power and functionality than available in the Mac Pro.
First, Mac Pro, circa 2013, was an exercise in form of function; a beautiful machine to see, but one that looked better on a Keynote presentation than it seemed in the real world.
Second, Apple is pre-announcing product upgrades. It's new. iPhone had to be announced several months in advance, but it was a new product. In this case, the next generation of Mac Pro will be announced maybe a year in advance.
Third, Mac Pro's neglect for nearly four years of silence is not valid.