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Apple’s Elephant in the Room ➝

Alexandra Mintsopoulos, writing on Medium:

I’ve been watching the story about Apple’s “declining software quality” unfold over the past year with amusement but never felt the need to write anything contesting this narrative until John Siracusa (on episode 155 of Accidental Tech Podcast) came to the conclusion that the problem must be real because the story keeps coming back up. To John’s credit, he allowed for the possibility that this is a perception problem but ultimately concluded otherwise because “no one else seems to be disagreeing”. I disagree.

I, too, haven’t commented much on the year-long  Apple’s declining software quality story. I just haven’t found it to be true from my own experiences. iOS is better than ever, OS X feels rock solid, and Apple’s apps are as reliable as they’ve always been.

To be clear, Apple’s software is far from perfect — all software has bugs — and when they ship things like discoveryd they deserve some amount of backlash for it. But I think it’s a little far fetched to claim that the overall quality of Apple’s software is lower than its historical average.

Alexandra really hits the nail on the head in regard to the iTunes argument:

iTunes has been the target of complaints for as long as anyone can remember and it seems clear that it will be reworked much like Photos, iWork, or Final Cut have been (and likely receive the same backlash for missing functionality). The reason it hasn’t been done sooner is obvious: it has hundreds of millions of users and transacts billions of dollars in sales, revamping it from the ground up is akin to fixing an airplane while it’s in flight and won’t be done lightly.

iTunes is a bit of a shit sandwich. But I have no doubt that Apple is working on a major new version that fixes all (or most) of its problems. There’s no way the company is just filled with dolts that are blissfully unaware of the problems in front of them. I don’t blame anyone for wanting to remind them from time to time, but let’s all keep a rational, level head about it.

The Talk Show, With Special Guests Craig Federighi and John Siracusa ➝

There’s also a transcript of John Gruber and Craig Federighi’s conversation available, if you’re unable to listen to the episode. Either way, this is an episode you won’t want to miss.

John Siracusa’s Review of OS X Yosemite ➝

I’ve never made it all the way through a John Siricusa OS X review. I’m not sure I ever will — due to a lack of free time not because I don’t enjoy reading them. If you’re interested in all of the nitty-gritty details of Apple’s latest OS, this is the first place I’d look.

Battery Life with OS X Mavericks ➝

Juli Clover points to John Siracusa’s review of OS X Mavericks in which John was able to get over 15 hours of battery life on a 13-inch MacBook Air running a light web browsing script. I installed Mavericks on my 2011 11-inch MacBook Air earlier today and the battery life does feel quite a bit better than it did with Mountain Lion. I love when Apple releases new software and all of my old hardware feels new again.

OS X Lion on the Mac App Store ➝

A little late to the party, I know. But if you haven’t upgraded to OS X Lion yet, doing so through this link will give me a small kickback and help support this site.

It’s funny, I keep seeing all of these OS X Lion reviews and none of them are from the perspective of a Windows or Linux user. To me, the only people who even care about a review of Lion are people who aren’t already using OS X. Those who do use OS X are going to upgrade at some point whether the reviews they read are positive or negative.

In my opinion, doing a review from the perspective of an OS X user that is any less than John Siracusa’s is just a waste of time. You’re better off just linking to his and spending that time to come up with interesting ideas to write about.

John Siracusa Reviews Mac OS X Lion ➝

The only Lion review you need to read.