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It is time... to rant about macs!

No, seriously - I had such a different experience about which not many talk in real life or pretend that it never happens....

Model: 2015 mid MBP 15" with second to highest specs (don't have dedicated gpu).

Rattling fucking toy.... Yea, it rattles! If you shake/move ir sit in trait/bus - it non-stop rattles as a fucking toy. Worst part? It's confirmed issue by apple and it manifacturing issue that they are not keen on fixing!!!! WTF? We have 4 macs in our office - all of them fucking rattles... God help me how annoying that is. (Lose LCD control panel that unsticks from glue. Replacing it solves the issue for 1 month if you carry it anywhere).

Constant fucking crashing/updates.... Every morning I wake up and don't have an app that requires confirmation for restart - it's restarted. YAY, turning on all apps once again.... Why you may ask? Well, because if you tinker with software in any way - it fails to update it and hell breaks lose. It's been a long time since High-Sierra came around and the issue is still there (not running Mojave as it conflicts with soft I have... Woo!). Tried few times - updates fail. Resolution? Reinstall OS!

OS conflicts with applications - damn... People told me it works out of the box.... Yeah, as long as you don't upgrade the OS - then it breaks. Why? Well, because.

Piece of shit power supply. With 4 of our office power supplies - 2 of them failed twice withing warranty and once afterwards... Really? Not to mention that all 4 are starting to shear the sleeve or already did (mine is just wrapped with white electrical tape to give it a support... lol).

Bluetooth - who the hell needs that in mac, right? Well, people do. To start with - it conflicts with 2.4GHz wireless network - you might have one of those and not both at the same time. Next thing is using a device that needs constant connection (mouse, headphones, keyboard - non apple branded) - shit... They can't stay connected for more than an hour without any issues... Constant battle to re-connect it, to re-pair the device and all due to smart apple bluetooth settings. Hell, my mouse (logitech MX master) was even printing random symbols in some applications if moved. All of the issues went away after using a bluetooth dongle... WOO!!!!

Xcode... Ahh, you may never prepare your mac if you don't download 17GB of fucking xCode libraries that enables some tools to be installed/runned as you can NOT get them in any other way and you have to install full xCode software in order to get them... YAY! 17GB wasted on my 256GB SSD that I can't upgrade. GREAT!

OsX applications - ah, don't get offended but if you are using them and you are fine with them - you are probably a monkey that loves being told what to do. You can't customise any actions, you can't configure it the way you like - either you accept their default workflow or go kill yourself. Yep... Had issues with calendar, mail, iMessages, safari... None of them fit my needs :)

Resolution scaling... Fucking hell, the display is 2880 x 1800 but all you let me to use is 1440x900 without scaling? Am I blind to you? Scaling the resolution means that you are fucked if some applications don't support scaling very well. Looking at you Jetbrains - your IDES suck at scaling and slows down the pc to a potato....

Now the pros - keyboard is way better than the new ones, trackpad is GREAT - no need for mouse (using it on external 4k displays only), the battery life is great - getting around 6h of continues development time, 8 if using sublime instead of phpStorm and well, that's about it...

To clarify:
I've bought this device due to the fact that at that time mac and windows pc's with similiar specs costed the same while windows pc sucked with their quality of the device and trackpad... Now the situation is better and when time comes for a next upgrade - it's going to be one of these:
Razer Blade 15, Dell XPS 15, Lenovo Carbon X1 series.
And of course - LINUX. I've had enough issues with windows, and had enough of retardness of apple ecosystem, so switching it is a must for me.

Disclaimer: I might be an unhappy customer, a bit picky but I'd like my device to be setted up as I like and continue to have that until I don't like, not until the company decides to break it. Not to mention that paying almost a yearly salary in my country for one device - I'd expect it to be at least reliable and work without issues....

Rant over.

ps. You can disagree with me, this is my personal experience with MBP over the last 3 years :)

Comments
  • 3
    The strength of macOS now, for me, is that iterm and Alfred run on it. These are both probably the best desktop applications I have ever used. They are absolutely superb. Any of my other apps, I can run in Linux without any loss of features or performance.

    So now, the use of a Mac, for me, is a test of how much bullshit I am willing to tolerate, as Apple make it harder and harder to use their once great operating system and hardware. All for the benefit of the use of these two outstanding applications.

    The bottom line for me is that I used to be thrilled that my employer provided a Mac for me. Now I'm resigned to it.
  • 0
    @bahua I couldn't agree more. These are mainly two applications that I actually enjoy using too - it's just convenient for me. Other than that - everything else sucks
  • 0
    You can install the command line developer tools separately from xcode, though it sounds like you need something that isn’t included in that
  • 0
    about scaling, there’s a third party app called SwitchResX that lets you select whatever resolution setting you want
  • 1
    That "manufacturing issue" reminds me of the first and only MacBook I ever owned. Apparently there was an issue with the motherboard. I had the laptop for a year, then it suddenly refused to POST. Took it in to get fixed and they had to replace the motherboard because both RAM slots were dead. Six months later, it happens again. Same problem, same fix. Six months after that, only one of the RAM slots dies. I bought a larger one for the other slot. Couple months later, the other slot dies. Warranty is over so I'll have to pay for the next motherboard replacement. So I trashed it and bought an ASUS.
  • 1
    @EmberQuill

    Be interesting to hear from someone why the slots died, I wonder if it was a dying capacitor somewhere in the mix ?
  • 0
    Many years ago I would help troubleshoot Mac's, put me off them for life I reckon !

    Though I might still like some flavour of an Apple II..
  • 0
    @tbodt yeah, it's a great app, too bad it doesn't solve scaling issues :)
  • 1
    Holy Shit, that's a huge piece to read!
  • 3
    @nitishkr Sorry for that :D I like to rant in big chunks rather than small posts and very often :) This gives a better feeling in my opinion (even tho, long to read...)
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