Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a fantastic device. Hybrid devices like the Surface Pro is the future of portable computers. It’s well-built, well-thought of design, and it has great specs in a tiny package. Windows also improved a lot and works well on the Surface Pro. It’s an amazing device but I’m returning it.
F*ck it, I’m getting Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4! I have been using a late 2008 15” MacBook Pro for graphic design work. It’s still working but after almost a decade of service, it’s showing signs of aging. Sadly, what I’m seeing in Apple’s line is not really convincing. So I’m going back to Windows.
In October 2016 both Apple and Microsoft made their keynotes. Apple announced its long-awaited redesigned MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Microsoft unveiled the first of its kind Microsoft Surface Studio with Microsoft Dial a day ahead of Apple. Instant sadness. Microsoft stepped into the future, leaving Apple behind. I could imagine Steve Jobs churning in his grave.
I remember recommending a MacBook to my girlfriend when she wanted to buy a new laptop. She came from a Windows world, and she’s a bit apprehensive to transition to Mac. She has a lot of questions about the learning curve, the software, the OS, will her devices work on a Mac, and of course compatibility with the rest of the computing world. After Apple betrayed me with [according to them] a "radically different MacBook Pro", I mean who are they kidding!? I find myself with the same conundrum as my girlfriend, just the other way around.
The real reason why we graphic designers are hating on Apple is not because we didn’t like the new MacBook Pro with Touch bar, we’re hating more on Apple because Microsoft offered a better device. And you and I both know that as graphic designers, the Surface Studio offers us more than just function. We lust for it! For some of us this “forces” us to switch sides. We feel bad because as designers we identify with Apple and their design philosophy.