Well, I didn't mean that. But the thing is all laptops got thinner, size isn't a major concern when buying one. I got a new Acer laptop 2-3 years ago and it was like half the width of the one I bought 10 years ago. It's no Macbook for sure (in fact assembly was a little subpar - but I fixed that), but for $800 I got a Skylake CPU, 8 or 16 GB of RAM. And I spent an extra $200 to swap the HDD for a SSD. That thing runs everything I need to this day.
I think it comes down to how you use your laptop. Or rather: how you live with it.
Laptops may be getting thinner in general, but they're still big and heavy. You feel them in your backpack or bag.
The whole point of making notebooks smaller was to get them to the size and weight that we find somehow familiar and neutral. Like a normal paper notebook. And we're getting close.
And for people that tolerate heavier luggage, there will always be a potential to get something larger and cheaper / more powerful.
I had a 2.5 kg notebook when I was studying. It took half of my backpack and was heavy, but OK for commuting between home and university.
But that's not always the case, right? Sometimes you go shopping after work. Sometimes you just go for a walk. And walking around with additional 2.5kg is definitely uncomfortable.
Currently I carry an HP EliteBook 840 (physically similar to the MacBook Pro). Just 1 kg and maybe 1cm of thickness less than what I had 10 years ago, but the difference is night and day.
Unfortunately, it doesn't work like that. In order to get Apple fans to admit Apple products are mostly just like any other (still above average), they'd also have to admit they're being overcharged. Which is this whole discussion started
With Apple you pay a premium for their work. Their products are really easy to use. They do many things for you.
Apple competes with other manufacturers by making their products friendly and tinker-free.
Makers of Windows laptops don't compete by making their products friendly and tinker-free. They compete by finding the cheapest way to combine the same generic parts and make them run under the same OS.
Simple fact is: if you're 100% in Apple ecosystem and use Apple-certified accessories, it's very unlikely you'll ever have any compatibility issues. No tinkering, no asking on forums, no need to learn how something works. It may not be that important for tech-savvy people, but for everyone else Apple is actually very good value. You computer or phone just works - exactly like your car, your TV, your fridge. You just use it. You don't have to think how it works.
True (and I was expecting the functionality was there). But my point is, for an OS that is supposed to be so refined, it sure has functionality that's hard to discover.
It's a touch interface. You can only touch, hold, swipe or pinch. It's not that hard to discover how things work. And thanks to very strong Apple policy, all apps work more or less the same.