For you newbies out there, iOS/Lion must seem like a breath of fresh air compared to your former Window/Linux platforms, but for us "old-timers" - especially with iOS - there are restrictions never before seen in Apple OSes. Examples: in iOS there is no "root" access without jail-breaking. Luckily, in Lion this option still exists, but I don't have high hopes it will last. There is no question that Apple is wise to default to root access off. For the average user, root access can be dangerous. In iOS this should be an option other than for the clandestine, freedom-seeking, hard-working hackers out there. (Thanks, guys!) My first iPhone is the 4S - thanks to the hard-headedness of both the late, great Steve Jobs, and the morons who run Verizon, I had a long wait to finally get the phone I almost love. Why "almost"? Well, first of all, the day I got my phone, I wanted to upload a computer generated greeting as my Verizon voicemail announcement. Can't be done (until the jailbreak for the 4S came out). Why should even the average user be restricted from this benign maneuver? The other major reason I'm not fully in love with my iPhone - and, yes, it's the first phone I've ever even liked - is iOS. Preferences should be accessible from within every application (that has preferences). More times than not, to change an apps attributes, you need to go to the "Settings" app to do it (and thereby leave the app you're trying to use). Some apps have settings available from within the app, others do not. This type of inconsistency was why MacOS was always better than Windows. Mac apps had a consistency that became an intuitive second-nature to the user. Alas, it is going fast. MacOS still has system menus in every app - consistent, intuitive menus. iOS, when its apps have any menus, are concealed and non-intuitive.
Apple has all but abandoned its PPC users - .Mac is closing this month, the crazy iCloud can't be used from PPC Macs.
It is waaay too easy to end up with 15 different Apple IDs, and, you guessed it, there's absolutely no way to consolidate them ("you-can't-get-there-from-here"). If you bought an app with one ID, you can't move it to another, you can't make all your passwords the same, you may need to authorized each machine with all 15 of these mad IDs just to get updates. Can anyone say "Gates"?
Why have we not seen a new MacPro for years now? Creative professionals are not the only Apple users. Scientists use Apple, too. Does Apple want all its gene-sequencing clients to go out and buy Dell? As powerful as my new iMac is, my 2008 3 GHz 8-core MacPro has a bigger wallop, can handle peripherals of all kinds, runs a 30" monitor, has expansion cards and just feels like a real computer. There is room for multiple drives - both optical and storage - it has two gigabit ethernet channels, and, if Apple continues to make the Pro model available, could have some VERY serious processors, which would be way too hot for an all-in-one. As much as mobile computing is all the rage, I would never think of taking my laptop to the beach, and risk getting sand in the keyboard or have the circuit board corroded by salt water. I like plugs! I like an electrical source that doesn't run out of juice. I like the speed of gigabit ethernet and gigabit switches that don't have to send repeat packages over wireless routers. I like my desk chair, and the ergonomic manner in which I've set up my workspace. Mobility is a convenience - for which function and solid weight have been sacrificed. It is not a steady diet - just "better-than-nothing" when you must be untethered.
I never thought I'd ever be saying this, but I am frustrated with Apple. Are all the engineers who had that intuitive vision been replace by former Microsoft engineers?
This post has been edited by drglenn: 01 May 2012 - 11:34 PM