Why Mac users are excited about OS X El Capitan

“I’m not feeling a lot of love for OS X El Capitan out there,” Jason Snell writes for Macworld. “That might not be surprising, given that it’s firmly in the tradition of Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard new-feature-light, speed-and-stability-focused OS X updates.”

“I’ve heard from many Mac users who have been frustrated by bugs they’ve in countered in Mavericks and Yosemite. Apple’s upgrade cycle, providing a new version of OS X and iOS (and now maybe watchOS, too?) every single year, seems relentless,” Snell writes. “It’s probably wise for the company to ease back to more of a tick-tock approach, with a major release followed by a year of retrenchment and focus on refining the new stuff that’s been added in recent years.”

Snell writes, “Let me present to you six reasons to be excited about what’s coming in El Capitan.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. One of the nice things about not too many changes and bug fixes is that it also gives developers an opportunity to go back and fix bugs. Instead of jumping to support new features at the behest of clamoring users, developers can start picking stuff off their bug lists as well.

            1. You’re right. I had not read this previously. They neglected to tell we beta testers about it, so far.

              Apple introduced a new security policy on OS X El Capitan, preventing every process (even privileged ones) from modifying system files, either on filesystem or dynamically at runtime. Unfortunately, with these security restrictions in place, this is the end of line for Flavours.

              It’s odd that Apple would lock down GUI elements, but they’re still literally ignoring at least three security flaws in Mac and iOS. (They’re currently addressing the XARA flaws and will be patching a couple further flaws in El Capitan). I’d seriously like a long talk with their security team.

              Anyway, funs over kids.

            2. I appreciate Apple’s attention to security, but I can’t stand they’re ridiculous stance on changing the user interface. Jony Ive threw away the book on human interface guidelines and now we are stuck with stupid things like black lettering on top of dark blue backgrounds, light gray on top of gray backgrounds and monochrome icons in toolbars that are just hires versions of what we had in 1984. I hope that Ive, in his new position stays away from interface design.

            3. That now Apple is locking out any possibility of personalizing the GUI REALLY disturbs me. But, from another perspective, we’ll all survive the kindergarten GUI Mr. Ive has inflicted. But it is by no means a joy to use, from my perspective. Boo on them messing with it in the first place.

              Meanwhile, where are the long awaited, extremely belated 3D GUI elements we should be using? Someone at Apple is really really scared of the future. Thus the backwards momentum of the GUI.

            4. We need a large, continuing flood of comments on apple.com/feedback until we regain control of the UI. Jony Ive is a rank amateur when it comes to UI design and Apple needs to hire someone with a good sense of taste. But we need numbers. I send weekly complaints about various issues but in two years only one issue has been addressed and that was a problem in iOS. I don’t think one post on an obscure blog is going to do squat.

            5. We make our opinions known. That’s what’s important. We HAVE opinions and we express them. That’s important for everyone. But maybe someone likes what Ive did with the GUI and there was something useful in the changes. Meanwhile, I state my opinion and realize I’ll survive the kindergarten graphics.

            6. Do you really think Apple cares about any discussions on MDN? They don’t even care what goes on on their own discussion groups. If it doesn’t come through apple.com/feedback they don’t notice, and frankly I don’t think they notice that either.

  2. I’d like to know what these people do because I rarely have issues. Probably my biggest complaint is sometimes when I try to call from my laptop it doesn’t always work. Other than that usually zero issues.

  3. One of the blatantly stupid things Apple did in Yosemite was dump the title bar in several applications. The worst result of this stupidity is found in Safari. If you have even a moderate number of extensions loaded, you find you’ve got NO WHERE to grab the window and move it.

    Thankfully, Apple solve this blunder using the easy trick I wrote about last year at my MacSmarticles blog. They stuffed a bunch of ‘Flexible Space’ items into the toolbar to the left of the Address and Search box. That forces there to be an empty area you can grab with your cursor. – – Now if only Apple had relented and put BACK the title bar. But apparently someone is too vein over there to fix that blunder.

  4. I have an early 2011 MBP. It doesn’t seem to want to connect to the App Store any longer. It just hangs. Any solutions to upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitian when it becomes available? Or how to get the App Store to work again?

  5. Photos. Pfft. The app from hell. Instead of actually helping me manage my space devouring photos collection it instead copies them to every device I own. Brilliant! NOT.

  6. I’m kind of excited.but what I’m not excited about is the third party app developers (Parralelles) that use every OS upgrade to charge $50 for a compatibility update.

  7. Yes, I am also excited about OS X EI Capitan, As per news it’s simple to do amazing things and delightful to do all the everyday things. It builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design introduced in OS X Yosemite, refining the experience and improving performance in lots of little ways that make a big difference. it takes the Mac experience to new heights.

  8. Metal. Metal. And more metal. Did I forgot to mention metal? It wasn’t even on that guys top 6. This is huge for anyone tapping the graphics card continuously.

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