Anyone that follows my blog knows that I’m a fan of Tom Fishburne’s cartoons. Well, he has done it again with his April 1st cartoon poking fun at how the Apple product line has ballooned since the passing of Steve Jobs.
Over the years I’ve become more of a user of Apple products. It started with an iPad, followed by an iPhone, and now I write this on a Mac. For the most part, I like their products. But, I haven’t fully consumed the Kool-Aid. I have no problem being frustrated – and making it known – when their product designs go off the rails. And, in my opinion, removing all ports besides Thunderbolt (USB-C) on the Mac is a perfect example.
I still want a “normal” USB port – or two! And it drives me nuts that they’ve removed the HDMI port. I’ll take a thicker Mac that includes those ports. Now I realize all this can be solved by purchasing expensive dongles, but it shouldn’t be necessary. Plus, I REALLY don’t want to pack them around the country when I work.
What’s interesting is they used to be a company focused on the customer experience. Now they’re transitioning their focus to identifying opportunities – numerous at times – for selling expensive accessories to maintain compatibility with other devices. What a pain! Hopefully this will change, but it’s not looking promising.