Brian Hall is general manager for Microsoft’s Surface division, and he is shaking his head over rival Apple continuing to sell older Macs. Hall took to Twitter over the weekend to call out Apple, citing a story from The Verge that details the status of Apple’s Mac lineup, which still includes some outdated machines.
I compete with Apple and respect them. but they ARE doing their customers a disservice at times with old tech… https://t.co/PR2pC6TsJh
— Brian Hall (@IsForAt) August 5, 2016
seriously. apple is doing this to students buying their laptop that should last 4 yrs. they are not doing a favor. https://t.co/m0w8RkFqhY
— Brian Hall (@IsForAt) August 6, 2016
The Verge reports that the last MacBook Pro released without a Retina display came out in June 2012, and more than four years later, Apple is selling the same machine. The MacBook Pro featuring Retina display, which claims to have resolution high enough that pixels can’t be seen by the naked eye at a standard viewing distance, was last updated close to 15 months ago.
Apple did update its standard MacBook line earlier this year adding the latest processor, better batteries, and the rose gold finish option to the 12-inch laptop. That update came about a year after Apple released the MacBook line.
In recent years, Apple has emphasized consistently updating iPhones to add the newest features, a move that is possible because the mobile world is newer and changing so much faster than computers.
Later, Hall praised a commercial for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus that debuted during the opening ceremonies for the Rio Summer Olympic Games Friday. The commercial combines photos and videos shot on the iPhone with a reading of Maya Angelou’s poem The Human Family.