While the WWDC dust was settling on Tuesday, Tim Cook took a ton of heat from disgruntled Mac Pro users who didn’t get an updated machine, so he announced that they would be seeing a new one early next year. Considering this is the guy who just said he’s “doubling down on secrecy,” it must have taken some serious raging from Apple loyalists to change his stance so abruptly.
But I’m not that surprised. Apple fanboys are infamous, and even the best of us can lose our resolve when faced with crowds of rabid zealots. Like a marketing team that works for free, Apple fanatics are a mystery wrapped in a phenomenon, like an IKEA version of pigs in a blanket. Scientologists are the only other people so bloody excited about their electronic gadgets and reality-distortion-field-creating gods.
Don’t get me wrong — I have more Apple equipment than the set of 30 Rock, but the fanboys I can do without. As a long-time reviewer of Mac hardware and software for Ars Technica, I’m all too familiar with fanboys on either side of the fence, but Mac ones can be particularly painful.
"... even the best of us can lose our resolve when faced with crowds of rabid zealots."
June 14, 2012 - 11:30 am