Is Apple's design mojo overrated? | The Tylt
Apple admitted its hyped up redesign of the Mac Pro was a failure and is going back to the drawing board. Critics say Apple's innovation was over with Steve Jobs' death—the company doesn't have the same innovative vision anymore. Apple and its proponents say the company is pushing the envelope with design; it takes bold steps that often aren't well received at first, but later makes complete sense. What do you think?
Is Apple's design mojo overrated?
In a rare admission of failure, Apple said its futuristic trash-can-like Mac Pro was a mistake. Its design fundamentally misjudged the market and now Apple has to ditch their design. Apple's admission comes after several high profile gaffes like removing the headphone jack from the iPhone and forcing MacBook users into dongle hell. Developer Michael Tsai has a running list of everything that's wrong with Apple here. Critics say Apple has lost sight of what makes good design good—it's not about making a pretty product.
Apple's fans say it can't please everyone. The company is working to usher in a wireless future and obviously the transition will be messy. People freaked out over the iPhone 7's lack of a headphone jack, but that didn't stop consumers from buying the phone. It recorded record sales despite all the criticism.
No more. Now, although the products are indeed even more beautiful than before, that beauty has come at a great price. Gone are the fundamental principles of good design: discoverability, feedback, recovery, and so on. Instead, Apple has, in striving for beauty, created fonts that are so small or thin, coupled with low contrast, that they are difficult or impossible for many people with normal vision to read. We have obscure gestures that are beyond even the developer’s ability to remember. We have great features that most people don’t realize exist.
"We sold more iPhones than ever before and set all-time revenue records for iPhone, Services, Mac and Apple Watch," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. "Revenue from Services grew strongly over last year, led by record customer activity on the App Store, and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline."