Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 17:05 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Mike Elgan at Cult of Mac: "It must surely be a sign of the impending apocalypse that Microsoft's operating systems have 'more taste' than Apple's. I'm referring, of course, to Apple's inexplicable use of skeuomorphic design in iOS and OS X apps, and contrasting that with Microsoft's stark avoidance of such cheesy gimmickry in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone user interfaces. A skeuomorphic design in software is one that 'decorates' the interface with fake reality - say, analog knobs or torn paper. The problem is worse than it sounds." Won't come as a surprise to anyone that I wholeheartedly agree with this one. iOS and Mac OS X are ruined by an incredibly high Microsoft BOB factor. I have no idea how - or if - Apple will address this, or if the current downward spiral is going to continue.
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There are many things that bother me in Lion. Well no, mainly two things. Contacts and iCal. Good Lord, they are ugly.

However, there is another theme that seems to be repeated in these comments and that's how systems were somehow easier (ergo more correct) in the days of yore. I can't help but feel it's because we expect so much more and we get things done so much faster now that we really take for granted how far things have come.

We expect to be able to navigate and send data between applications so quickly that maybe the old Apple UI guidelines type approach (i'm talking about when every window had to look and behave the same) might make it more cumbersome, not less.

Just a thought...

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henderson101 Member since:

I'm going to be honest and say this: I have owned a Mac Mini with Lion for almost a year now. I've owned a MacBook since 2008. MacBook went from Leopard to Snow Leopard to Lion (this last week.) Lion just works. Lion seems more stable on my hardware (admittedly, went directly to 10.7.4.) Weird things, like flakey WiFi, seem to have cleared up (though I didn't migrate my profile this time...) Lion on the same hardware as Snow Leo feels comfortable. Best upgrade I've done for a while. (caveat, this Macbook still triple boots Snow Leo, Win 7 pro and Lion - I just blatted my Leopard partition to install Lion.)

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siraf72 Member since:

Sure those are updates that bring with them the benefits of a mature system. I was simply referring to whether the strict Apple GUI guidelines Apple was famous for (Pre os 10.0 ) are still as valuable today where data flows between applications far more rapidly than it did in those days.

Apple flouts it's on rules more and more with every release. Clearly many people *here* view it as a bad thing. I'm just wondering if there isn't a a degree of necessity that dictates this shift.

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