What has happened to the information superhighway? The internet was supposed to bring us together into a worldwide village of instant communication, eliminate the middleman, and perhaps save us from ourselves.
We still need to be saved because the internet hath wrought the mis-information superhighway, a denizen of corrupt information with the intent to exploit the minds of those who dare venture through the Ethernet. FUD; fear, uncertainty and doubt are weapons of mass instruction, is alive and well even within Apple’s curated and cultivate ecosystem. Have you become afraid to upgrade your Mac to OS X El Capitan? Millions are afraid to do just that.
Where’s The Truth Squad?
Just weeks after El Capitan hit the ether to be installed by millions of eager Mac users, a backlash occurred; one that is common to every new release of software, OS or App. FUD. Naysayers and Apple critics crawl out from under their rocks or leave their dwellings in the woodwork to cry out, ‘Don‘t install OS X. Yet.’ Why? Because ‘It’s riddled with bugs.’ The final refrain is, ‘Wait until the first or second or third bug fix update.’
In fact, a visit to Apple’s support communities online indicate thousands of Mac users have problems with El Capitan. Wow. Is El Capitan really that bad? I thought it was supposed to be more stable, dependable, and secure.
The FUD you read about is typical for any release of a new OS X version, and, indeed, there are bugs, but many of them are not related to OS X El Capitan, but more to third party apps which have not been updated by developers, and sometimes that takes a few weeks.
Going back to OS X Tiger all my Macs are upgraded shortly after the new version of OS X became available. Problems? A few, but not many, nothing earth shattering, or even deal breaker status. However, if your Mac is your livelihood and keeping it running 100-percent is a requirement, then I can see where a little caution is worthwhile, so there’s a risk to consider.
With El Capitan, Microsoft’s Office 2016 for Mac had a few notable issues, most of which Microsoft finally fixed in a recent update, but it’s not as if the company didn’t know El Capitan was coming. It’s been available to developers since spring 2015.
As of today, OS X El Capitan has nearly 6,000 reviews on the Mac App Store, and of those, nearly 4,000 are five star reviews. That’s balanced by 1,000 one star reviews, but even then El Capitan’s reviews are one full star better than OS X Yosemite from a year ago.
Why all the problems? Why all the negative headlines? The nature of the information superhighway is that we’re able to communicate to the masses quickly, instantly, and often without regard to facts. The internet is an emotionally driven communication medium in ways that radio, TV, print, and movies are not (but can be at times).
Negative news sells and moves emotions; facts be damned. What most of the negative reviews do not reveal are the exact specifics a Mac user really needs to make an informed decision to upgrade or not. What model Mac? What apps have problems? What else is installed on the Mac? What’s connected to the Mac? How fast is the internet connection? How much RAM and storage does the Mac have? How old is the Mac? Every Mac users’ setup is somewhat unique, so it’s important to find a review of problems that matches your own setup. Neither articles nor reviewers nor Apple’s own support communities provide that.
I’m blessed to have multiple Macs, and, as a tech guy I’ve used OS X El Capitan on an older Mac for a few months to test and sort out the issues. I have little doubt that El Capitan will go down as one of Apple’s most secure, dependable, and useful OS X upgrades ever, despite the headlines, fear mongering, and FUD; your mileage may vary.