Good? Yes. Perfect? No. Here’s my quick and dirty laundry list of what Apple does that still sucks, the quirky items that don’t make much sense, not to mention a few things the company does well that could be done much better.
First up is iTunes. If ever there was a Mac app– actually, iTunes is more of a ‘Mall of Apps’– it’s the store we all love to hate– iTunes.
It was great back in the day when all iTunes did was manage your music, rip CDs, burn CDs, and was music centric.
Remember Rip. Mix. Burn? Those were the days. Today iTunes is a gargantuan behemoth, painful to navigate, the little app that could but put on too much weight, got old and slow, and still wants to dance. How about separate apps for each?
Second is iOS 7. Yes, it’s flatter than iOS 6, modernized a bit, less glossy, but with plenty of new features. Jony Ives’ design team stayed up way too late at night and their caffeinated eyeballs forgot that buttons still need to look like buttons instead of words.
What’s the problem with windows in Mavericks? No, not Microsoft’s Windows. App windows. And it’s not just Mavericks (or any Mac OS preceded by OS X). OS X’s windows just don’t stay put where they’re put. Get someone with a touch of OCD and it’ll get fixed.
Forget About It!
Forgettable options? Forgetaboutit! Why can’t we simply turn off certain functions in OS X and not have them hang around? Dashboard, Launchpad, Finder (try Path Finder and thank me later) come to mind.
I love that OS X synchronizes Calendar, Keychain, and Contacts through iCloud for other Macs, iPhone, and iPad, but what about Internet Accounts? Yes, OS X Mavericks keeps syncing the whole list on my Macs even when I tell System Preferences not to.
Speaking of iCloud, please give me easy access to iCloud files in the Finder. Easy, as in Dropbox easy. That’s the way to do it. I know Apple wants to make file management transparent but people don’t work that way. We’re not all file and folder management morons.
Wait. There’s more!
Please put tabs in Mail. Please give me multiple Docks which cycle through Docks with a click. You want me to buy more Mac apps, so give me a place for easier access than the one-eyed Dock in OS X.
Remember The Past For Future’s Sake
Whatever happened to Dashboard Widgets? They were much promoted back in the day of OS X Hello Kitty, but now, not so much. How about having a single Dashboard Widget available on the Mac’s screen at a time? Easy peasy, right?
How about app upgrades in the Mac App Store and the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPad? As it is now, unpaid updates are the norm, in-app purchases are for extra functions, but there’s no way to get a major upgrade without buying the whole shebang all over again. Major upgrades to apps should be easy in a real app store.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, a few items about Apple that still suck for me, that could be remedied if only Tim Cook would return my calls. What about you? Got something about Apple that crawls around where the sun don’t shine?