I'd argue that in order to design effectively, designers have to live in the real world, rather than hunker down in carefully curated studios. The danger of achieving great success and wealth is that those things can isolate you from the experiences of common people, and particularly the imperfection of their situations.
Apple has made their share of Ivory Tower gaffes. Remember the brouhaha over their HomePod speaker leaving indelible rings on wood surfaces? You couldn't help but feel the designers had only ever tested the product on a stainless steel or glossy laminated surface.
Their latest design error is just as bad, maybe worse. It's to do with the optional, $100/each wheels for their Mac Pro. Marcus Brownlee demonstrates:
Yep, no locking mechanism. I bet the floors of Apple's design studios are dead flat. Me, I don't think I've ever lived in an apartment that didn't have sagging floors. The fact that the Mac Pro, which starts at $6,000, might roll away either never occurred to them, or they felt that a locking mechanism would ruin the aesthetic of those sleek, hubless wheels.
A suggested design solution comes from the Jony Ive Parody Twitter account:
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I'd get the wheels for sure if they came with a motor. What's the point of having to push your computer by hand?
Considering the number of already existing wheels that have an equally aestetically pleasing design, it is a mystery why Apple did not contact one of these suppliers and just buy one of their standard solutions. Maybe some of the savy wheel manufacturers are going to start marketing their existing solutions for furniture to Apple owners and throw on a nice Mac OS premium on top. However, should'nt the real question here be: in what user scenario are you going to need wheels under your over-priced tower Mac? Surely you would have an iMac, Mac-Mini or Macbook if you needed something more portable? Are wheels for tower PCs now going to be the next accessory trend after neon lights, external GPUs with quad-copter fans or those bloody ugly Pewdie-Pie gaming chairs!?This has to stop. Surely it would be cheaper just to call Dieter Rams in at this point rather than continually doing a poor job of borrowing from him?
Maybe it's an excuse for Apple to sell $150 anodized aluminum wheel chocks.
That's super funny. Way back was the round puck mouse that was a huge problem.