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Sealed-box Macs: should computers be disposable?

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 2 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Apple's new Retina MacBook Pro is essentially completely non-upgradable, a sealed-box, following a trend started with the MacBook Air in 2008. It's a given that hardware companies are in the business of selling hardware, and would love for computers to have iPhone-like replacement cycles of 1-3 years, but does this mean we're moving irresistibly into an era of "sealed-unit computing," even for power users?"
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"Should" is immaterial to this case. (1)

Lashat (1041424) | more than 2 years ago | (#41058423)

Traditional mainstream computers will become disposable. The advent of mobile device apps which connect directly to back-end severs are becoming so prominent that app developers will continue this to push this model of software delivery onto the desktops and laptops of users. It is a good bet that the hardware vendors will attempt to align themselves with this industry change. It makes sense for them as it is much cheaper to develop and build a non-modifiable platform than one which is "compatibile with everything".

High-End rigs will exist, but will remain a small segment. The power user base of early adopters and professionl / hobby gamers.

That is my opinion, but I could be wrong.

A creeping paradigm shift (1)

chelidon (175081) | more than 2 years ago | (#41058597)

For better or worse, Apple has increasingly led the industry in many ways, especially in terms of design. If Apple goes "sealed-unit" even for high-end machines, others will follow suit. At the same time, in large part because of Apple's efforts, the market is increasingly dominated by consumer-class devices. How much incentive is there for Apple (or any other hardware vendor) to cater to power users, who are a diminishing proportion of the revenue picture?

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