Dear Apple, things that irritate me in varying degrees as a Mac system administrator and long time Mac user:
- Consistency: Apple royally screwed the pooch with the XServe and OS X Server. Watching the train wreck of no more XServe->Mac Pro Server->Mac Mini server taught all of us who admin Macs that relying on Apple for business is not good for one's health.
- Filling a painfully obvious need: It would have been very, very easy for Apple to make OS X Server available as a licensed VM Appliance that could run on VMWare on 3rd party hardware, even if were only as a web admin app with no gui (actually, this would have been better). Instead, we have ... nothing. And no, iCloud(and Mobile Me, .Mac, iDisk etc before it) is not a valid replacement.
- Don't touch our stuff!!!111: I understand the need to keep your customers grubby little fingers out of their iPhones, iPads and lolWatches, but soldering the RAM modules to the motherboard in the latest Mac Mini is just cheap. Likewise, while OWC is making a killing out of people who still want to upgrade the Disks and Batteries of their Mac Books, upgrading the RAM there is also impossible. Is there a real need to treat your customers this way? It really doesn't do all that much for your brand in the long term as it makes you just look like the latest version of Sony. May I include the latest all-soldered-everything iMacs in this complaint as well?
- Rubbish bins R us: The latest Mac Pro seems to be more the result of Apple's obsession with the failure of the original Cube back in 2000 than anything else. Spending a lot of money on a professional computer that one would hope to use for a good few years but which one can not upgrade in any way - no new graphics cards, no new drives, no internal expansions - is not a winning proposition. Is it really so hard to cater to that fairly large segment of the computing population who would just like a Mac that is flexible in terms of upgrades and internal hardware choices? Do you really have to nickel and dime your customers to death by extorting high prices for upgrade components in BTO options?
I much prefer Macs to PCs and OS X to Windows, but the way things are going, I think Windows 10 will be a better proposition in future, and I never thought I'd ever say that.