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I'll go further than Rym.Not only will Apple remove it but hackers will absolutely find a way around it. I guarantee both the lockdown and the jailbreak.
I'm confident they will go there within three years. I stand by my prediction as a technologist and journalist.
Rym, I will take your bet as well. Within 3 years?
I will bet money. Within three years you won't be able to install non-app store software on Apple computers.I'll put $20 on they won't do that. You in or out?
I will bet money. Within three years you won't be able to install non-app store software on Apple computers.
Rym, I will take your bet as well. Within 3 years? From today. $100. Handshake.
I think you guys are being alarmist, and I think the option to disable Gatekeeper isn't going away anytime soon. I think this is a feature introduced for the lowest common denominator. The same people who need those warnings on Windows every time a program tries to access the internet. Maybe I'm an optimist. On the other hand, maybe you guys are crazy conspiracy theorists.
Serious question: What do you need an optical drive for anymore?
Hardly a prediction that one of the major operating systems in the world will become a walled garden in the near future? That's a big deal. That changes the landscape fundamentally.
Perhaps. But I do remember being a little wary when the original MacBook Air came out and had a non-removable battery. I have had many problems with Apple batteries (one almost exploded in my laptop), and was concerned that it would spread to the other laptops. In 2009 my suspicions were proven right. That was when they announced the unibody MacBook Pros, and announced a new, even better battery! That would have to be removed by an official Apple service provider on top of the cost of a replacement battery. Not to mention batteries are considered by Apple to be consumable and ideally you should buy a new one every year (Yes, they really think that, according to the repair shop I go to). In the past, I've gotten batteries that lasted more than a year, and I don't know what they were thinking.
So it looks like I was trying to bet, but Rym actually ended up betting in my stead? How much exactly am I in for, if anything?
Hasn't Apple been sort of a walled garden for the majority of its existence? There is certainly cross-platforming, but the Apple experience has always been fairly isolated from the rest of computing experiences. The actual walling off would still be a big deal, but the foundation was dug a long time ago.
Apple batteries are often too large to be user replaceable (like take up a significant portion of the device's size), and are integrated into the unibody industrial design, which is why their products can be so tightly built. Take a look at a Macbook Air teardown. The recommendation is also for like 1000 cycles, which yes is about 1 year of time @ 8hrs battery life if you never run on AC power and completely discharge your battery every 8 hours or so, but will realistically last a couple of years. It's also like $120 for a replacement, which is comparable to other replacement batteries.
I put it on my Google Calendar. It can not be forgotten!
Too large to be user replaceable? What does that mean? There are plenty of large batteries. I've had no trouble using large batteries. Hell, my car battery is larger, and that's user replaceable. How on earth could they not find a way to make it user replaceable? And yes, realistically a battery should last a couple of years. I never charge from empty. I always charge, regardless of how much battery life is left. Why, then, does it not last two years?Sorry, I just can't wrap my head around "too large to be user replaceable." O_O
A chunk of your laptop that big shouldn't be removable, that's poor design that weakens overall case durability and also means the computer couldn't be as slim as it is (removable battery needs some kind of housing/ latching area).
The idea of a non-removable battery kind of sucks, but you have to admit that for a device as thin, light, and slick as the MacBook Air, it makes sense. Having it that integrated into the device makes the battery last longer and the whole machine sturdier.
I'll go in for $60 on George's side. In three years (as of today), you will still be able to install unsigned apps (after checking/unchecking the setting) on Apple computers.