The ever growing save dialog is perhaps most alarming. Trivially, deterministically reproducible. How did it ever get past QA you wonder. Then you wonder why it’s not fixed two months later.
Random bugs without a clear cause like wifi dropping out annoy me, though I can understand the process which lets them slip into a release and out into the world. Obvious “click; click; boom” bugs are far less understandable, except to suggest that corners really are being cut. Incrementing bonjour names is also in the category of bugs I’m certain Apple should have known about and simply chose not to fix.
Apple has released incomplete software and iterated on it for years now (remember iOS without copy and paste?) and that’s entirely acceptable. Some today is often better than all tomorrow; especially if you can have both. But in the past I felt that behavior was contigent on making sure the parts that were included work. The party line was “we weren’t ready to release it” for features that missed the cut. It definitely seems the wind has shifted. Releases aren’t just incomplete; they’re unreliable.
Apple really needs a “regroup” release (or several).
So I have seen the incremental bonjour name things on at least Mavericks, if not before. The wifi stuff has occasionally been spotty in general in the past as well. I don’t quite buy that Yosemite is the issue here. I will say though, apples bug/radar process is annoying. Openradar helps but not much. One thing I see missing with all these rants is if the person has submitted a bug report or not (preferably through openradar). I know we all think these are obvious but we could be suffering from our own biases. And of all users that might submit bug reports if we don’t, well in some ways we’ve only ourselves to blame for not raising the flag.
Never seen the save dialog thing but then again I find myself mostly in emacs/safari/terminal most often so my chancees to see it are minimal. Mail.app is a PITA but its always been a PITA so I take it for granted to be annoying or buggy in almost every way.
We don’t pick only or primarily Apple gear because we loooooooove Apple. It’s because we find its hardware and software makes it easier to do our jobs more efficiently and enjoyably; or, for personal use, that we like the experience and that they fit into our lives.
Well, the article author should think about whether “we” are now in a minority.
If you look at the transition Apple made over the last decade – both as a company and in its products – I think it’s clear that Apple is now targeting a market of people who “loooooooove Apple” which are by a large majority not “creators” anymore, but mere consumers.
Even if the company has enough money, it might make more sense to tell more demanding users to buy a Thinkpad, instead of trying to cater to their demands. It’s CEO 101 to push demanding customers to competitors so that they have to deal with them (or get the bad PR for not dealing with them).
I’ve been thinking about this, but I don’t think Marco et al are particularly demanding customers, nor are they asking for anything not in the interest of all users. e.g., who doesn’t want reliable wifi? If anything, the “mere consumer” market segment wants things to just work even more.
And this isn’t limited to OSX. I don’t use OSX but I have an iPhone, and iOS 8 has been nothing but a nightmare. Facetime refuses to work between my phone and my wife’s phone, even though they are exactly the same. Wifi constantly drops although it says it’s connected, requiring us to have to turn off wifi and turn it back on. When I turn off the screen there is a one in ten chance that the Siri activation noise will play, even though Siri has not been invoked and the ringer switch is turned off. These bugs did not exist in iOS 7 but still exist even in iOS 8.1.x.
Mere consumers don’t notice that WiFi is not working, they take it for granted when it doesn’t work.
Sadly, a lot of these bugs are only encountered and recollected by the power users, and power users just have to deal with it, not being the category to which Apple Inc., as a company, caters to.
Lack of serious competition is why they don’t have that much pressure to fix these things. Android is joke; Windows has been regrouping since XP to no avail; Ubuntu has not gained much ground; Chrome is hardware-wise-slow and just plain weird.