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Is 2019 the end of Apple?

No, but I will tell you one thing.. Apple is stagnant.

They’ve been forced to raise the price of their products in order to make up for the reduction in sales, especially in China where Huawei and Xiaomi are eating their lunch. In the beginning Apple was selling well there because they were portrayed as a ‘luxury’ brand but now Huawei makes phones just as or more (see Mate X) expensive than Apple, Chinese no longer need to buy Apple when they can buy a Chinese product and support their own country.

Like all the other answers said, Apple’s financials are still great and they are still taking the lion’s share of smartphone profits – no surprise there. But they are in danger of losing their market share, and they cannot keep raising prices of their products in order to make up for it forever.

And one can easily see why they are losing market share – they are a premium product. The cheapest macOS device is $799 (Mac Mini). That’s insane. that was $499 a few years ago, and the price increased 60%. The new Macbook Air Retina starts at $1199 – a 20% increase from the old $999 Macbook Air. They are pricing themselves out to the point where only Apple faithful will keep buying.

They are basically coasting on their high loyalty customers – but who knows how long that will last? Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, Apple TV – what do all these have in common? They are for iOS / macOS users. A Windows / Android user has no incentive to switch over. If they are not on iOS or macOS the products Apple sells are not going to work well – or not work at all.

Another symptom of decline is instead of focusing on new R&D they’ve been iterating a lot on existing products. Look at how many iPads they sell now – the low end iPad iPad, the smaller iPad Mini, the more premium iPad Air, the 11 inch iPad Pro and the 13 inch iPad Pro

Now let’s look at the iPhones they are still selling – the iPhone 7 (for some reason still selling on their website), the iPhone 8, the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Now lets look at the Macbooks – there’s the 12 inch Macbook, the old 13 inch Macbook Air they are still selling, the 13 inch Macbook Air Retina, the 13 inch Macbook Pro without touchbar, the 13 inch Macbook Pro with touchbar, the 15 inch Macbook Pro with touchbar

Wow, that’s a lot of overlap.

Remember when Steve Jobs came back as CEO and focused Apple into making only one product for each category? Consumer desktops, consumer laptops, professional desktops, professional laptops? Apple should really take note because confusing consumers is not really what Apple stands for.

Steve Jobs made it easy for non Apple users to get into the ecosystem. Buy an iPod Mini, release iTunes for Windows, switch Macbooks from PowerPC to Intel architecture etc these are all moves done to make Apple more mainstream. Tim Cook has done the opposite – all his new products are only for use by existing Apple users. If I wanted to just get an Apple Watch but I have a Samsung phone – uhh nope doesn’t work. HomePod? doesnt work with Spotify or Tidal. AirPods? Yeah they can do bluetooth – but you lose out on that special W1 chip and then there’s no reason to get it over competing wireless earbuds.

And even to Apple faithful – how many customers did they lose with that Macbook Pro all USBC move? the butterfly keyboard? taking away the headphone jack in the iPhone 7?

So while Apple is far from being dead in 2019 they are certainly on the decline.

What laptop are you using and why?

I’ll open with a preface because some certain Mac users here have a misconception about Windows computers: that they are unsafe. I’ve never installed an antivirus on my windows laptops and I’ve used them since 2003. How do you get viruses on your computer in the first place? That’s right, you clicked on a bad link or you went to sketchy websites or you used torrenting sites which downloaded malware to your computer. They don’t come with Windows. You cannot get a virus just surfing Facebook, Google, Youtube normally. It’s not that Mac is more safe – it’s just that Windows gets more viruses because more people use Windows, and more viruses target windows, and thus the chance of a regular non-tech person opening a file laced with a virus is higher, that’s all.

Now that’s said, I have 2 main laptops:

Lenovo Thinkpad 25

This is the anniversary edition that Lenovo put out in 2017. Cost me $1900. For that I got a MIL-SPEC tested design, water resistant keyboard, fingerprint reader, infrared camera that I can login with, 14″ matte touch display, 7th gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia Geforce 940MX graphics, removable battery (actually, hot swappable), three methods of input (touchpad, trackpoint, touch screen), a 7 row keyboard, and 8 ports including a Thunderbolt 3 and full size SD / Ethernet.

Some people might say this laptop is overpriced – but I like it, it’s my daily driver, and the versatility of this laptop is amazing, and it only weighs 3.5lbs so its fairly portable. You could probably get the Thinkpad X1 Extreme now which is a good upgrade over this in power and display, but its missing some features like the keyboard, removable battery and some of the full size ports.

Alienware 15 R3

This is my power laptop, and the one I use for gaming and video editing. yes its big and heavy and not very portable, but hey thats why I have 2 main laptops. This is the 2016 model I got for $2000 when it came out. The specs are great – 15″ 120hz display, 6th gen quad core processor, 16GB RAM, I upgraded it to 2TB of SSD storage with the 4 hard drive bays, Nvidia Geforce 1070, this machine is a beast, and kills whatever I throw at it whether it be the latest games or an Adobe Premiere session.

I also have other computers on reserve (that are not my main ones): 2016 13″ MacBook Pro, 2016 Microsoft SurfaceBook, 2016 Lenovo ThinkPad P70.

Which laptop brands are the best and worst? Why?

So, qualification for myself, I collect computers and laptops especially:

My favorite laptop brands:

-ThinkPads. I own like 4 of them. Seriously they are awesome, the older Lenovos and IBMs tend to be better though. The ThinkPad X61 is my personal fav. The ThinkPad 25 which i also own below is my daily driver:

-Dell Latitude. Similar to ThinkPads, but the new ones come with the nifty InfinityEdge display and tons of Thunderbolt 3 ports. Haven’t had an issue with any of them yet.

-Alienware. Yeah, I used to think they were overpriced, but surprisingly they are well made. They use aluminum and magnesium for their builds which is better quality than the Asus ROG / MSI / Acer Predator ones which use plastic usually. I’ve been using the same Alienware for almost 2 years, everyday its been left on, for VR / gaming etc and had no issues

-Apple. Yeah, I’m not a big fan of Apple in general, but I don’t doubt their Macbooks are well built and look really clean and stylish. The new Macbook Pros I do not recommend for professionals (go for a Dell XPS or ThinkPad X1 instead) but they make great consumer laptops (I know, it’s “Pro” but its actually an upgraded Mac Air)

-Microsoft. Their Surface Pros and SurfaceBooks are excellent. They are taking design cues from Apple and some like the SurfaceBook are just straight up innovative. I used to use the X1 Yoga as my convertible but the SurfaceBook 2 is now my main convertible. detachable, convertible, dedicated graphics, 3:2 display with high ppi (in my ranking its the third best screen I ever had right behind the MacBook Pro and X1 Yoga with OLED), stylish, and portable.