“My hope is that the reliability issues we are seeing in iOS and Mac OS X in recent releases are largely the inevitable result of Apple going through numerous transitions simultaneously. Extensions, XPC, iCloud Drive, Continuity — these things require coordination between all three of Apple’s platforms (mobile, desktop, cloud). That what we’ve been seeing the last few years is this decade’s equivalent of the first few years of Mac OS X — rapid development and flux that precedes an era of relative stability and a slower pace of change. Let iPhone, iPad, and Mac settle in — and let the rapid change and flux flow through Apple Watch, CarPlay, a new Apple TV, and whatever else comes next.”
In a nutshell, Apple is dealing with a lot right now. It’s not that it wants to give competitors a run for their money simply by speeding up software releases. The reality is Apple may have bitten off a little more than it can chew. But it’s nothing that can’t be fixed.
I really hope it’s nothing that can’t be fixed. Apple has not been fixing the wi-fi issues since the release of Yosemite. I know they are probably trying. Are they trying as hard as we deserve? I really don’t know the answer to that question. They re-opened the beta testing to the public. The beta testing? Yes, to the next fix. As if we’re the one who are some sort of addict, as opposed to the fact that they’re trying to fix everything that went wrong, or was never right in the first place, from releasing software too soon.
I am not a programmer. There was nothing wrong in Mavericks with the wi-fi, however. How could something so intrinsic, not just in general, but to the use of their own devices such as the iPad, many of which have no other way of connecting to the internet, go so, so wrong in just one release? To the point it still isn’t fixed? I have gone past the point of looking at my connection. On, looking for wireless, on, looking for wireless, that I have gone past the anger and have gotten to the ridiculous stage of acceptance, which one should never have to do when using a product like this that is supposed to work. We’re not supposed to just sit back and accept mediocrity, but we’re being, in a way, forced to. Unless we want to switch OSes.
I love my iMac. And all its devices, infernal or otherwise. And no, Cassandra Clare doesn’t own the TM on that one, it’s been used by others and is pretty much a Steampunk term, as far as I know–I’ve definitely seen it elsewhere. But this has been bordering on the ridiculous for a while now.
Too much, too fast, and too soon. Part of what differentiates Apple from the other major players is that they haven’t in the past debugged their software on the public or turned out shoddy merchandise in their attempt to “keep up with the Joneses.” Now, I do think that their elitist attitude sucks in terms of pricing their phones. Is it as bad as Abercrombie and Fitch simply coming straight out and saying, “That isn’t the market we’re selling to.” I think Tim Cook sort of has said that. When someone shoots a parent for not getting them an iPhone for Christmas… A brand shouldn’t carry that much power. Any brand.
And it’s fine and dandy for Steve Wozniak to say that Apple is not doing what he thinks it should in terms of releasing components. Well, Steve, come back, then, and straighten things up. You’ve given up your baby. Apple lost its creative heart and soul when Steve Jobs died, and I think it shows in what has happened since. Tim Cook might not be the right man for the job. I’m not sure he has the same creative vision. You need to have a certain child-like quality to possess the right type of creativity that makes a man like Steve Jobs, along with at least a little sense of fun.
Some Engineering schools are requiring their students to attend Art School and take classes there simultaneously, saying the creativity has gone out of engineering, and without it…phfhhllt. Okay, that’s my intelligent take on the situation. But I think they are spot on–the arrogance of the hard sciences (in some cases, not all–I hate blanket statements) is just that, hard. Creativity is one thing that has definitely fallen by the wayside these days. Look at what is being cut from Primary and Elementary curriculums these days due to financial constraints. And then look at what’s happening with this new development in Engineering schools. To make up for having the creativity beaten out of them (not literally, I hope) because this is science, folks (oh, please, tell me, oh ye great hard science nerds, that you don’t have just as much fun as I do with those big expando balls, which I’m sure are some fine example of a scientific principle at work, but also help with breathing examples and, occasionally, putting over over your head, just for fun).
When Antonio Gaudi graduated, the professor who handed him his diploma told him they were either graduating a genius or a fool, only time would tell. Well, time has told, and quite spectacularly so. It also shows that while I applaud the efforts of the Engineering schools mentioned above, I think the melding of the creative and the scientific needs to be a little more complete, and I hope what they’re trying works.
But back to Apple and Yosemite. Well, and Microsoft, too. I am not broaching this situation blindly, with no knowledge of Windows 8. I needed a laptop for work (I know I have written about this before, or else I’m just having nasty Badger flashbacks, what I named my HP laptop. Now, this isn’t a knock on HP–I just bought an HP printer–I know, different thing, peripheral, not an actual computer, but HP printers, in my experience, rock). I love badgers, mostly because I’ve never run into one in person, which might change my opinion of them slightly. I also know better than to corner them, but an OS isn’t an animal, which leads to another of my theories which I’ll discuss shortly.
Granted, I approached Windows 8 with a great degree of caution. I liked the tile system, most likely because I was already used to iPhones and iPads. So that was a vague correlation for me. The OS itself was a disaster. It needed constant rebooting from the neverending stream of updates, it crashed, it generally wasn’t user friendly, which earned my laptop the name of Badger. The one redeeming quality was the bubbles screensaver, which my then two year-old niece loved.
Now, I hated the name, “Mavericks.” I thought it was full of Hubris, which I suppose summed up Apple’s mentality at the time. What was wrong with having the names of cats for the OS? Linux has no problem with their penguin, who probably has a name and is instantly recognizable. It may even be dwelling in my house, things continue to go this way for Apple, when it comes time for me to invest in a new desktop. No, I still don’t have a laptop, that’s why I bought an iPad, which is now usually available for use in terms of going on the internet, depending on the mood of the wi-fi. Apple is so clever there is no other way to transfer work to the main computer–I haven’t examined whether or not there are lightning compatible external hard drive peripherals in lieu of their abandoning even the micro USB. As consumers, we are told to back up, back up, back up. Lovely. How do we do that when, say, you work at home, don’t want to go out (and shouldn’t have to), and your wi-fi is wonky.
But, no more cats, so we get Mavericks, and no, I don’t buy the reasons for the name, Mr. Cook. And then, to top that off, you pick something less annoying, but still one of the biggest National Parks, Yosemite. It is any wonder this OS hasn’t been plagued with problems? Has Apple learned that “haste makes waste?” It also pisses people off. I love my iMac. My iPhone. My iPad. I do not love what Apple is doing right now in terms of the iOS and OS for these products. And people wait with bated breath (wormy tongues, a friend of mine aptly described once) to see new products.
In my opinion, f*ck the new products. Fix the ones that you have now, and fix them well. This is becoming a country that doesn’t protest enough when given inadequate technology. We’re already being spied on with it, the least it could be is good quality. It makes the wi-fi issues…odder than they already are, whichever way you look at it. Just fix it. Fix the problems you have made and be accountable for what you have messed up before trying to distract the public with your latest gizmo or gadget or the next iPhone that won’t work reliably with Yosemite.
Accountability. This is something our entire nation lacks by the truckload right now. Oh, I don’t have to sell to you, Jesus told me I didn’t have to. We don’t like gays, let’s just say as a state we don’t want you here. How utterly pathetic and despicable. And I still can’t get over Moses helping to write the Declaration of Independence. Such staying power the man had. If he wasn’t just a parable. Accountability, folks. We’re lacking it from the government on down. Religion doesn’t think it needs it, because it can just say “God or Jesus said–” and that seems to be enough. Well, you know what, it isn’t. No one just gets to pass Go, get out of jail, and get $200 anymore, unless you’re in sports, in which case, that seems to be all the accountability you need. Or Congress.
And I’m stopping there with that, because it makes me too upset. And yes, that does mean I have to stop. I’m trying to be responsible about my health, which is why I don’t blog as much as I used to, at least about things like this and other political issues. I am doing something completely alien to me for my own health and sanity, literally, and trying not to pay attention. This is effecting me personally, however, the wi-fi bit, and I always get off tangent.
Apple, basically what I’m saying is, be accountable for what you’re doing. Clean up your mess, which is a pretty damn big one, before going off and jumping up and down in glee over your new infernal devices that won’t connect either. Get your act together. Windows 8 lost Microsoft China. Think about that for a minute. That’s huge. Now we find out you have yet another security leak, on top of the wi-fi issue. The madding crowd is so wild for the iPhone, and seemingly not tech news readers, that I don’t think you have anything to lose right now. But it doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. I am disappointed. I hope things improve.