If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m probably the biggest Apple fan they know. Ask for a suggestion of what computer to get, and I’ll almost certainly either tell you the MacBook Pro, or to wait, because Apple is about to update its hardware finally.
But recently, I realized I’d gotten tired of Apple’s attitude toward the desktop. The progress in macOS land has basically been dead since Yosemite, two years ago, and Apple’s updates to the platform have been incredibly small. I’m a developer, and it seems to me Apple doesn’t pay any attention to its software or care about the hundreds of thousands of developers that have embraced the Mac as their go-to platform.
Something’s obviously afoot in Mac land.
The main reason I’m still onboard is that macOS is still more than viable â€” but it won’t be for long, as they don’t seem interested in stopping their efforts to make it less useful. The OS works great, and does something that Windows does not do well â€” handle text well and display fonts readably. I have a Windows 10 box, and no matter how much tweaking I do, it leaves my eyes sore after reading any appreciable amount of text. It’s atrocious.
That said, if things keep going this way I’m likely moving to Linux or one of the BSDs â€” Windows is too rickety for my tastes (though I will keep a box for gaming), and I want a decent command-line system without having it be some weird subsystem within Windows â€” i.e., unnecessary baggage.
Apple is in danger of killing something beautiful; iOS is a joke when it comes to productivity, and I have no interest in touching my screen all day. I don’t have to look at my keyboard. Down with Ive! Bring back Forstall!