Apple in 2021: The Six Colors report card

Jason Snell, Six Colors

It’s time for our annual look back on Apple’s performance during the past year, as seen through the eyes of writers, editors, developers, podcasters, and other people who spend an awful lot of time thinking about Apple.

This is the seventh year that I’ve presented this survey to a hand-selected group. They were prompted with 12 different Apple-related subjects, and asked to rate them on a scale from 1 to 5 and optionally provide text commentary per category. I received 53 replies, with the average results as shown below:

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Thank you, Jason, for putting this together every year. I love reading the text commentary, in the different categories, provided by participants.

The top contender again this year is the Mac, with a grade of A+.

Dr. Drang said, “I spent the 3–4 years before 2021 teaching myself how to work on the iPad. It was a struggle, but I did it because I wasn’t sure Apple would ever make a good laptop again. In February, I got my M1 MacBook Air, and it was like coming home again.”

There was a time, I think, when all of us dedicated Mac users probably felt like Dr. Drang. I was certainly using the iPad more than I wanted to. In November, I got my M1 iMac and like Dr. Drang, it has been liking coming home again.

If you’re into this sort of thing, please take a few minutes and read Jason’s report.


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