Apple Is Finally Making Amends For Its Past Mistakes

By Charlene Badasie | 2 weeks ago

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Apple is finally making up for some of its past mistakes with upgrades to some of its products. After months of planning, the company figured out the best way to get folks excited about its new homegrown M1 Pro and M1 Max processor. All they needed to do was throw a bunch of long-requested features into the redesigned MacBook Pro 16 and MacBook Pro 14 that many people had given up on.

As 2021 draws to a close, Apple is almost done replacing some of its most problematic designs. Except for the price, almost every review of the new MacBook Pro is positive. So it’s worth doing a recap of the changes the tech giant has incorporated into the new design. The new models are thicker and noticeably heavier than their predecessors which often had trouble staying cool. This problem obviously couldn’t be solved without increasing the laptop’s size and weight.

The move is a huge reversal of the company’s obsession with minimalism. Over the last few years, Apple developed laptops that were paper-thin by removing ports and focusing on USB-C instead. The stripped-down Macs irritated users, who missed the variety of connections supported by earlier models. The new MacBook Pro models also bring back the HDMI port, SD card slot, and the MagSafe charging port. Apple also replaced the Touch Bar with a standard row of function keys. Additionally, the display is larger and there’s a 1080p webcam.

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While the tech giant isn’t admitting to any missteps, the new MacBook Pros feel like a bit of an olive branch to long-time customers. Interestingly, it was the second generation of Apple’s M1 processor that ushered in these coveted changes. And by linking these features to its own silicon processor, the company is essentially buying the goodwill of its fanbase. Speaking about their new processors, analyst at CCS Insight Ben Wood said, “The advent of Apple Silicon has been a shot in the arm for the MacBook lineup. The announcement underlines Apple’s determination to accelerate the growth of its laptop business.”

The MacBook Pro is a clear example of Apple giving their customers what they want, it’s not the only product that’ been changed. When the iPhone 13 was launched they were significantly better than the 12 series in terms of battery life. They are also all a little heavier than their predecessors with a thickness of 30 inches vs 29 inches offered by the iPhone 12.

However, the biggest news is Apple’s change of heart around product repairs. The company recently announced plans to sell parts (with repair instructions) to customers who want to fix their iPhones themselves. This is a huge victory for anyone who can open their device and replace a dead battery or fix a broken display.

According to engadget, Apple is starting with the iPhone but plans to introduce some self-repair tools and parts for M1-based MacBooks in 2022 as well. While the threat of government regulation may have played a big role in this new initiative, the result is still good news for consumers.