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Why Apple Has NOT Changed

July 25, 2019



If you’re someone who pays close attention
to the latest tech news, you’ve probably heard sentiments similar to this one by Jon
Rettinger: “For most of Apple’s history, they’ve kind’ve been run much like my
six year old toddler lives his life. They don’t listen to anybody, and they kind’ve
do what they want. And that’s led to huge successes, iPhones,
iPads, Apple Watches, a few failures along the way. And they’ve kind’ve been run like the
old Henry Ford quote, ‘If I asked people what they wanted, they’d ask for a faster
horse.' It’s kind’ve been that Steve Jobs mantra
of the consumers don’t know what they want until we show them what they want. You could look at Apple’s recent history
and I think say there’s been some big misses. You can look at the 2013 trash can Mac Pro
as a gigantic swing and a miss. They keyboards in Apple’s most popular PC
the MacBook Pros have not been performing up to standards. And the MacBook line which once made sense
as their thin and light competitor. Once the MacBook Air got updated made zero
sense at all. But it seems like we’re at a really big
paradigm shift for the company. Apple is finally starting to listen to consumers. And that kind’ve begged the question, ‘Is
this the new Apple?’” Now if you want to watch that entire video
there’s a link in the description, but the clip I just showed summarizes Jon’s point
pretty well. He goes on to cite three examples that demonstrate
how Apple has changed and is now listening to their customers. First, the simplification of Apple’s notebook
lineup. Second, the iPad receiving its own dedicated
operating system, and third, the 2019 Mac Pro being modular and upgradable, compared
to the 2013 cylindrical Mac Pro. Now before I dismantle each of these points,
I want to preface this by saying I have nothing against Jon Rettinger, so please don’t give
him any disrespect. He just happened to make a very concise video
that effectively illustrated these sentiments that I’ve heard repeated by many other journalists
and tech pundits. Now this is Greg with Apple Explained, and
if you want to help decide which topics I cover, make sure you’re subscribed and these
voting polls will show up in your mobile activity feed. So getting back to Jon’s video, there’s
an implied misconception that needs to be addressed. And that is the assumption that Apple is a
monolithic entity only capable of one stream of thought. Either they’re listing to customers and
doing everything they want, or they’re not listening at all and simply doing their own
thing. It’s important to remind everyone that Apple
is run by thousands of different people who’re capable of having original ideas while also
considering customers needs. And if you’re familiar with how Apple operates,
you’ll understand that having original ideas that address consumer needs has been their
core philosophy since they were founded in 1976. Now you could make the valid point that Apple
abandoned that mission from 1985 to 1997 when Jobs was absent. But that isn’t what people like Jon Rettinger
are suggesting. He’s saying that in the last six years,
Apple’s values have fundamentally changed from ignoring customers wishes to embracing
them. So let me go through each point one by one
and add some perspective. When it comes to the MacBook lineup argument,
you have to consider Apple’s entire history beyond the last six years. Because this isn’t the first time Apple
has discontinued the MacBook in order to make their notebook offering more simple and straightforward. Back in 2009 Apple had perhaps the most confusing
notebook lineup in their modern history. There were two different versions of the MacBook. One with a white plastic design, and another
with an aluminum design. Then there was the MacBook Air, and the 15
and 17” MacBook Pros. Now Apple quickly recognized the redundancy
and discontinued the aluminum MacBook and rebranded it as a 13” MacBook Pro. It took them about eight months to make this
change. Now let’s consider the most recent change
in Apple’s notebook lineup. Around October 2018 the redesigned MacBook
Air was introduced and as Jon correctly pointed out, it essentially made the MacBook obsolete. So about eight months later at the beginning
of *JULY* Apple discontinued the MacBook. Which happened in virtually the same length
of time as it had in 2009. So it’s more sensible to assume that Apple
was conducting business as usual, rather than changing their ways and finally listening
to customers. Now let’s discuss the second point about
the iPad finally getting its own dedicated operating system. Jon mentioned that many customers had been
begging Apple for more powerful software on the iPad in order to match its incredible
hardware, and that’s definitely true. But it’s important to note that the way
Apple approached the iPad didn’t fundamentally change with the introduction of iPadOS. Apple has always planned on the iPad replacing
computers, which is why they keep insisting that we’re in the midst of the post-PC era. And it’s also why they’ve given the iPad
special functionality not available to other iOS devices. Because although Apple calls it iPadOS, it’s
still iOS, just with more exclusive capabilities to take advantage of the iPads powerful processor
and large display. A trend that has been ongoing since 2017 with
iOS 11, where, for the first time, the iPad received exclusive features like split-screen
view and drag and drop. So this approach to the iPad is nothing new,
and the term iPadOS is more of a marketing move than a representation of Apple changing
their values. Third, let’s talk about the new Mac Pro,
which Jon cited as a prime example of Apple finally listing to their customers. And I actually think he was right about this,
but framed his point completely wrong. Yes, the 2013 Mac Pro was a mistake on a number
of levels. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Apple
was ignoring their pro customers while creating it. I actually think it was the opposite. When you consider every Mac Pro Apple had
made, all of them were modular except for the 2013 model. I think Apple genuinely believed they could
make a dream desktop computer that served pro customers even better with a new approach. The new unified thermal core would’ve made
operation quieter with less fans, expansion via thunderbolt 2 would’ve made upgrades
simpler, and making the product a fraction of the size would mean a much cleaner desktop
and easier transport. But things played out differently than Apple
expected. The 2013 Mac Pro was designed to accommodate
a two-GPU architecture that Apple thought the market would move toward. With more computational tasks being done on
the GPU rather than the CPU. But that market shift never happened, and
it put the Mac Pro in a very tight corner since it’s thermal system wasn’t designed
to handle a CPU-centric architecture. Apple recognized their mistake, and released
a traditional modular Mac Pro just this year. So while it’s true that Apple was extremely
receptive to their pro customers needs when creating the 2019 Mac Pro, it simply isn’t
true that Apple has been ignoring their customers for the last six years. And that brings me to a really important point
I want to make about Jon’s video. The three examples he mentioned were clearly
cherry-picked in order to prove his point. Because there are several other examples that
would’ve contradicted his theory. In 2014 Apple released the iPhone 6 and 6
Plus with larger displays than ever before, which customers had wanted for years. They also featured near-field communication
chips which was a big deal since some people thought Apple might use their own proprietary
technology. Also backed by popular demand was QI wireless
charging in the iPhone X along with its OLED display. And that isn’t even considering all of the
software features Apple implemented after years of public outcry. Things like third party keyboards in iOS 8
and opening up Siri to third party developers in iOS 10. Now at the end of the video Jon brings up
Jonathan Ive leaving Apple and raises the question that if Apple is now listening to
their customers, does that mean they can no longer create innovative and revolutionary
products? And this is a great example of the conclusions
people jump to when analyzing Apple through such a narrow and distorted lens. The company’s ability to create original
and revolutionary products isn’t due to them ignoring customers. Steve Jobs never said he ignored customers. He said customers typically don’t know what
they want until they see it. Could Apple’ve created the iPhone if they
didn’t clearly understand their customers needs? I think not. In fact, the companies that didn’t understand
what customers wanted were the first to fail. Blackberry thought customers wanted a plastic
keyboard on their smartphones. But Apple understood that users were simply
tolerating the keyboard until something better came along. Steve Balmer from Microsoft thought customers
would rather pay $100 for a Motorola Q, as opposed to spending $500 for the iPhone. He actually said, “The Motorola Q is a very
capable machine. It’ll do music, it’ll do internet, it’ll
do email, it’ll do instant messaging. So I kinda look at that and I say ‘well,
I like our strategy.’” Which is perhaps the clearest example of a
company not listening to their customers. Microsoft went on to enter the smartphone
market late, two years after Google and three years after the iPhone, and only lasted seven
years before giving up due to lack of popularity among customers. So when it comes to creating innovative new
products, you cannot be successful unless you know exactly what your customers want
and need. And Apple has demonstrated this understanding
time and time again. The iPod succeeded where other MP3 players
failed, the iPad succeeded where other tablets failed, and the Apple Watch succeeded where
other smartwatches failed. It’s because Apple understands the most
important thing to the everyday user is their experience with a product. It didn’t matter than the Motorola Q was
capable of music, internet, email, and instant messaging, when most customers couldn’t
even figure out how to load music to their phone, navigate to their favorite websites,
or compose a new email. All customers had to do was experience the
delight of using an iPhone and they wanted it immediately. And no other company has delivered as many
of those delightful experiences with technology as Apple. It’s why they have such a dedicated user
base and it’s why they were able to charge $500 for the first iPhone when other smartphones
were a fraction of the cost. So while Apple may make mistakes from time
to time, that doesn’t mean they’ve abandoned their customers. And when they do something you like, that
also doesn’t mean they’ve adopted a new philosophy. Apple is a complex company made up of thousands
of talented people who work together to make the best decisions possible. And when it comes to Jonathan Ive leaving
Apple, I will make a dedicated video on the subject, but I’m not worried. He’ll still be working with Apple and he
isn’t the only talented designer they have. Alright guys thanks for watching and I’ll
see you next time.

37 Comments

  • Reply Michael Timpson July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I absolutely LOVE my trashcan MAC Pro…the best computer I have ever owned!!!

  • Reply Ravi Teja July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    The only apple channel which makes sense. But Greg only says about old iphones, ipods, ipads etc and dont talk more about todays iphones.

  • Reply Super Grafx Engine July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    so fucking wrong! Apple is dead! Thanks to a $999 stand .

  • Reply iTech Talk July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Because they like to sell the same thing for a higher price and make more money for their glorious leader Tim Apple 🍎

  • Reply 5Cents Media July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    The one phone I hear that people want in stores and I’m included is an iPhone SE2

  • Reply The Shadow Man July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Apple has changed, for the worse after Steve.

  • Reply Schuler Lukas July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    After steve jobs died appel changed do much i hate it

  • Reply Waheed Akhtar Wahid July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    10:38 – Tim's photo with Trashcan Mac, looks like he is holding a donation box and seeking donations. 🙂

  • Reply Brayan Nexon July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    The point in this video is correct however the idea of "customers don't know what they want until they see it" has gone away at apple as somebody who was really into apple back before 2012 I would have agreed completely. Yet, why I no longer believe this is that ever since apple has not delivered anything groundbreaking that people did not realize they needed. This magic has disappeared with apple but is starting to show more in Chinese tech like the Vivo Nex a phone with a full display (actual) like what the iPhone X was supposed to have but then got notched.

  • Reply Aviel leeoz July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Press play for apple fan girl overload.

  • Reply QuarioQuario54321 July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    RIP The production of Apple Laptops with normal USB May 20, 1999-July 5, 2019

  • Reply Esa Allah July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Can you do a video of the history of apple 1976 – now in your next video please?

  • Reply Inplexy July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I'm getting a fanboy vibe.

  • Reply Victor Camargo July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    In reality apple doesn't need to listen to us we just buy their products.

  • Reply Bilal Sheikh July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Clearly Apple hasn't changed. Removing headphone jack, no dongle and fast charger in the box, non repairable back glass, terrible butterfly keyboard, etc.

  • Reply Daryl Samuel July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Been patiently waiting for the next video to drop! Great video as always and thank you for your contributions (and explanations) to the YouTube tech community!

  • Reply Thomas Vial July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I do like Apple products but the reason why I am switching away from Apple not because of lack of design changes but because of their products becoming way over priced especially the iPad Pro that was released last year and here in Australia it costs nearly $2K for an entry model if you fully max out the specs your looking at well over $3K including Apple care and because it bends and breaks really easy it’s not worth spending thousands on and the same can be said about their pricing on MacBooks, iMacs and iPhones I am sure than many of you guys can agree with me on this

  • Reply ViciousDave4Life July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Apple offered a free fix for the butterfly keyboard on the macbook pro before and that's good. Some of the components have to stay the same for them to be good and not fall apart.

  • Reply V. Sriram Sundar July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    10:06 Apple's YT app. So sad that they removed it.

  • Reply V. Sriram Sundar July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I like Microsoft and Bill Gates but Steve ballmer is a bitch.

  • Reply Gaminglegend1025 July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Great video!! You definitely changed my mind about apples values today, though Apple did anticipate (not what there customers wanted) by putting more fans for the GPU instead of the CPU it would have been smarter to update the product after release so it could still have a chance

  • Reply V. Sriram Sundar July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Jon made good points. With the upgrade of the thin iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, it instantly makes iPad Air and MacBook Air obsolete. I mean why?

  • Reply joval wilkinson July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I totally agree with you in this video

  • Reply max simonidis July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Six year old toddler?

  • Reply Alex July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I have no idea why is taking you so long to post videos, youre my fave  channel!!

  • Reply Matt Angelo Mata July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    do you know there is one more is important is the price beacause all the people likes apple but the price is expensive

  • Reply BlackRavenGaming July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    You guys are pathetic after steve jobs, Apple sucks

  • Reply Krack Kowkain July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    it's great that they're listening but I really don't feel that they're really listening to what I want or what we want it's because that I'm not into their ecosystem, it's not noticable from my perspective.

  • Reply The Apple Guy July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    nailed it, man!! (Y)

  • Reply LOKANANDA S July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I want phone call inbuilt recording option in iPhones, I want people urge apple for this

  • Reply t.y.s .d July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Just an apple fan

  • Reply David T de Castro July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    The problem with Jon Rettinger's point of view is clear in three words: "pundits", "repeat" and "journalists".

  • Reply WolfRabbit Gaming July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Can you give me a shoutout in your next video please?

  • Reply h445 July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I’m so glad you made this video, lol. I 10000000000% agree and have been saying the same thing since watching Rettinger’s video. Apple has been trending this way for awhile; they’re not doing it to appease Reddit’s fan base, they’re trying to make their products better for sake of profit as a business and are run by a bunch of different people like you say.

  • Reply Abhi Jeet July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    One thing left. Fast charging😎👌

  • Reply Dale Steadman July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Spot on!

  • Reply zoltek7 July 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Apple and revolutionary products? Not really together since 2013, maybe 2014

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