This week, Apple killed the MacBook until further notice.
Apple has touted it as a “transition” away from Intel, but the net effect is the same: any Intel-based MacBook Pro or MacBook Air you buy from here is ultimately dead in the water.
Here are some simple tips: don’t buy a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.
People who know Mac hardware a lot also offer these tips.
PC World Editor Gordon Mah Ung offered similar advice this week: “Why Apple’s switch from Intel to ARM means we should stop buying Macs”
Like others, including: You shouldn’t buy a new Mac right now (MacWorld).
Here’s what Ung said.
“There is a real practical reason why you should not drop $ 1,500 or $ 4,500 on a new Mac: you will be abandoned. ” —PC World, June 22, 2020
I would suggest this as a rough analogy: would you buy a Windows phone? Yes, it will work and run some applications, but it is a dead platform – and good luck getting support. This kind of scenario could happen in the not too distant future for Intel-based Macs.
I asked Ung from PC World about Apple’s transition to its A Series processors.
“I would be concerned that in the longer term – even if Apple doesn’t empty Intel-based Macs overboard as quickly as PowerPC Macs – optimizations won’t be as quick as it will be a platform inherited, “he told me in an email.
It bothers me too. There is little incentive for Apple to optimize in the future, that is, less need to make sure that Intel processors are working properly and efficiently on macOS.
If I bought *, for example, a 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro, there would still be that lingering feeling that a problem or overheating or slow performance or buggy software was due to lack of support and / or concentration of Apple.
I could be wrong. But, again, I could be right. This doubt alone kills the matter.
Unless unexpected snafus in the transition from Mac to Apple processors, buying an Intel-based MacBook makes no sense.
“The Intel Macs will soon be those curiosities sitting at the corner of the Mac Repair workshop that turn yellow in the sun with PowerPC Macs,” Ung told me.
* Until Apple’s announcement, I planned to buy the high-end 2020 MacBook Pro Core i7. I’ll wait for the ARM Macs.