Apple's Mac Line: 10 Improvements We Need to See

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple's Mac line is increasingly popular among consumers and enterprise users. But it isn't perfect. And it shouldn't be treated as such.

Design aficionados have celebrated Apple's Mac line for years. The computers, which range from the small, BYOKVM (bring your own keyboard, video, mouse) Mac Mini to the high-end Mac Pro, offer strong components, nice designs and software that, at this point, Microsoft Windows PCs still can't match in terms of design and flair. For many, the Mac line Apple puts out every year is second to none. And its standing as a leader in the computing space has been well-earned.

But that doesn't mean that Apple's Mac line is perfect. From the oddly ignored Mac Pro to the Retina display in some, but not all, of the computers, there is still some serious room for improvement across the entire line. And the sooner Apple delivers those improvements and starts getting serious about listening to customers and offering them everything they truly desire, the sooner it can start chipping away even further at Windows' lead in the PC market.

To help Apple out a bit, we've decided to compile a list of items that will help Apple achieve that goal. From a new iMac line to some added value in the Mac Pro, if the company follows our lead, it'll be in good shape in the coming years.

1. New iMacs, please

Apple's 27-inch iMac is nearly impossible to find online. Save for the company's own site, nearly all retailers say the device is sold out, indicating a refresh is in order. And why not? Apple hasn't updated its iMac line since 2011, and customers looking to upgrade to a new all-in-one are waiting on the company to deliver the latest update.

2. Where is that new Mac Pro?

Apple's Mac Pro hasn't been updated in two years. What's going on? So far, Apple hasn't said what it has planned for the device, but according to many reports, it'll deliver the improvement early next year. Let's hope so-the supposedly high-end device really isn't so high-end any longer.

3. Retina displays should come to all devices

Apple's Retina display is available in its mobile products and now, the MacBook Pro. Wouldn't it be nice, though, if the high-end display comes to all of the company's Macs? As many have said, after using the Retina display on a MacBook Pro, going back to standard displays just isn't worth it. Why wouldn't Apple want to deliver that experience to all customers, rather than a small portion of them?

4. Ditch the 13-inch MacBook Pro already

There was a time when it made sense to buy Apple's 13-inch MacBook (nowadays, known as the MacBook Pro). But with a 13-inch MacBook Air already available, and an 11-inch option of that computer for those who really want to go mobile, the 13-inch MacBook Pro seems rather obsolete. It's about time Apple discontinues it in favor of larger Pros.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...