We love Apple and the Mac, but let’s face the facts. Apple innovates with new technology, then milks the innovation until it’s in need of a facelift, liposuction, or genetic re-engineering. Take my Mac. Please. Here’s what Apple can do now to make it better.
It’s The Software (hardware not so much)
What is there to not like about Apple designed hardware? From Mac to iPhone to iPad mini, it’s Apple that sets the design esthetic by which all other manufacturers are judged.
Jonathan Ive, Apple’s industry design guru has the hardware aspect of Apple’s products nailed.
Durable aluminum body with smooth, elegant edges just scream out, Buy me! Own me! Love me!
Under the latest Apple reorg, Ive is now in charge of how the software looks, and, maybe some of that elegant industrial experience can rub off where Apple needs it the most.
Here’s my list of what I want Apple to start working on right away. Consider it Kate’s First Aid List for Apple.
Take iTunes. Please! Gone are the days of rip, mix, and burn simplicity. iTunes is a veritable shopping mall of apps, tunes, movies, TV shows, books, internet radio, podcasts, and playlists and in need of a major remodeling effort.
If Apple can’t figure out a good way to divide and conquer, at least give us tabs.
The Finder Is Lost. Oh, how I love thee, and hate thee at the same time. The latest Finder is the best, but that’s only because older Finders were so bad.
So, please Jonny Ive, bring back some color (sidebar apps), bring in some tabs and multiple paned window views (Path Finder has had it all for years).
More Color. Less Boring. No Leather. Steve Jobs is gone. iOS honcho Scott Forstall is gone. Let’s call it a day for skeuomorphism, OK? Enough already.
Contacts looks like a book. Calendar has leather stitching. The Finder is a digital battleship of gray. There must be a better way so let’s start with a judicious (as opposed to anemic) use of color.
Desktop Clutter. Speaking of color, is there a messier aspect of OS X than the Mac’s venerable Desktop? The Desktop is both a folder and a destination for everything that hasn’t been organized yet.
I work at a desk and it’s never, ever been as messy as the Mac’s Desktop. Ive needs to carry his industrial simplicity to the Desktop and give it some tools which make it more self-organizing. Or, at least add Siri to the Mac and give her an option to clean up the Desktop.
Afraid Of The Dark? We’re well into the 21st century and we’ve already seen the future. That’s what Star Trek’s computers were all about. Interaction. And sound.
We’re of age in the digital world, so let’s quit acting like Mac users are afraid of the dark. Or, rather, afraid of sound. Siri is a refreshing way to interact on the iPhone and iPad, but Siri needs to be more deeply integrated to the OS, and brought to the Mac. Siri, do this. Siri, do that.
If Siri were available on the Mac I would dictate a list of my OS X wants and needs and have her send them to Jonathan Ive. High on the list would be, ‘I’m tired of navigating in the 20th century, Jon. Give Siri more work.’
I could go on, but I’d be here all day and the list might not end. What about you? Beyond the aforementioned, what would you like to see done to OS X to make it a more pleasant experience?