With the Mac Pro’s release, the Jony Ive era of Apple is over.

The New Mac Pro
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Apple has always been a company that favors form just as much as, and some would argue even more than, function. While this truth has yielded some of the most iconic products of the last decade, many have criticized Apples designs in recent years to for making too many functional tradeoffs in the name of design. To many there is no better example of this than the “over-designed” and “underpowered” Mac Pro, which has since been dubbed “the trash can”. Its small and compact forma factor hindered upgradability and many argue hurt the overall user experience by not be able to cater to what pros need. This so called lack of touch with Apple’s Pro audience has been brought up countless times, and it is often attributed to one man, Jony Ive. Ive served as a designer at Apple from 1992 until this year, when he departed from the company to take on new projects. During his 25 years at the company, Ive defined many product categories simply through his design work, such as the smart phone, the modern day laptop, and the tablet. While he has praised for his revolutionary designs, he has also been criticized, especially in recent years, for designing products that sacrifice certain features, like extensive upgradability in the case of the Mac Pro, for design. However it seems that this ideology has left with Jony Ive, but that may not be entirely a good thing. One product that exemplifies this is the brand new Mac Pro, which was created to address the complaints people had over the trash can, and thus was designed to address the limititations of the previous generation. It is bigger, louder, and while how good it looks is subjective, it is certainly less sleek than the slender and cylindrical design of the previous generation. Another example where the downsides of rebalancing the scale of form and function are more visible is the brand new 16 inch MacBook Pro. While it did fix the keyboard, Apple had to make the chassis significantly thicker to accommodate the new design. In the end what Im trying to say is, everything is good in moderation, and a little form over function certainly can be too, with Jony Ive gone however, I fear that Apple may listen to what the people think they want, to a fault, and stop innovating and pushing out innovative new designs because their afraid to piss off their users, who will ultimately get used to and eventually accept whatever sacrifices for form over function get made in the name of a better user experience.

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