surprised nobody here mentions iPadOS and the opportunity Apple is taking to redefine what we think a “desktop” is.
It also sounds like y’all really love your desktops. Ive been on UN*X, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Palm, Linux over the years & iOS is the only operating system that has been fairly seamless. The only hiccup I have is my old HealthKit data is stuck in a 5s but this is my fault - I tried a refurbished 5s & they put a cheap battery in it that ended up bloating & damaging the screen. I never bothered to fix it & whatever path I took didn’t bring my HealthKit data into my iphone 8 and just let it go.
I bought an iPhone & MacBook the same year in 2007. I squeezed every ounce I could out of my MacBook running Linux until discovering an iPadPro is my replacement, not another MacBook! Super pleased my MacBook lasted 13 years. My brother donated his white 2007 MacBook which I triple-boot into 10.11.6, Win10, and Ubuntu. I find macOS Screen Sharing to access a remote mini server to be a really amazing experience as it preserves Command key bindings (even Command-H) and really makes using a remote desktop a breeze & quite transparent!
iOS made me realize I don’t want to be constantly tweaking my system - I just want it to work w/o having to performance tune the system. iOS also made me realize letting Apple handle backups (iCloud Backup) is the right way to go - rebuilding devices has been trivial all these years & Apple has been really good at keeping the backup footprint small by not including system and app binaries. I was happy to get out of the game of rebuilding desktops in general.
I got an iPadPro 5 months ago and it’s been amazing - I can’t see myself going back to the desktop as we know it today as my primary device (yes, my iPad has eclipsed my phone!). Sure, it took some work to remove my dependencies on Chrome and macOS apps that never went mobile - but I got there & the future looks promising with iOS apps running natively on future macs.
So I’m guessing Apple will nab me with one of the Apple Silicon macs in the next 2 years. I’m definitely not in a rush - the iPadPro really reminds me that a computer is supposed to be fun & joy to use - that built-in apps are not a joke (I love Mail.app more than I loved Outlook and, yes, I absolutely loved Outlook back in early 2000!)
If macOS 11 is anywhere near as stable & smooth as iPadOS, it will spin circles around Windows on the new hardware.
That said, I’m really eager to see what Microsoft’s response will be.
ps. really glad I wasn’t alone shocked he thought Win10 settings was a snap! Win10 updates are the biggest nightmares I’ve ever had!