Why I left Mac for Windows. Whatever…

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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.

Take a look at Sierra: the only feature of note is Siri, which is half-baked as it is, and the things that did get ported over from iOS are half-done too. On the developer side? Nothing, unless you use XCode — the same story it’s been for years.

The only reason it’s still even viable as a platform for web developers at all is because of the incredible work the open source community does on the Mac toolchain (take a look at how easy it is to use Node, npm, Yarn or any of the other relatively new tools out there). More at Charged.

I am expecting to see many more articles pop up like this and am expecting them to be written by people who need specific tasks to be done that require serious power.

For the rest of us the current Macs are reliable, wonderful to use and unfortunately expensive. I suspect the vast majority of Mac users will be using the same machine in 3 year’s time, and that could of course be part of the problem.

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6 replies

  1. “Unfortunately expensive”? Really? I am using an iMac from 2009, which is still getting software updates (although I expect that to end soon). I paid about £600 for it at the time, as a refurb from John Lewis. Is £75 or so a year for a computer, large monitor, keyboard and mouse expensive?

  2. Odd that there’s a pull quote that mentions “Bash” support, but nothing in the main article. That kind of UNix-ish thing is at the heart of it – going back to a DOS-y world where the slashes are the wrong way and the end of line characters are a doubled up mess is a very ugly feeling prospect for a large number of web geeks.

    Maybe it’s a horrendous lack of imagination and vision on my part, but I don’t mind the “lack of innovation” because there’s not much I long for. Come to think of it, there’s not a lot new I want in my OS, whether desktop or mobile – just a pretty stable base for the apps that run on top of it.

    Maybe I’m missing out by having switched to consoles for big video gaming in the 90s. (and these days, precious little of that) .. just wanted to avoid the upgrade treadmill of hardware then, followed by a lack of standards in controls (and I guess not digging mouse-WASD) – though I missed out on some cool stuff like GTA III – era mod tomfoolery, minecraft, and am only on the outskirts of some Indie gaming stuff… but for stuff I create, I’m generally ok keeping it in the browser for maximum sharability (and lets be frank, show-offness) anyway…

  3. Interesting discussion as always. Windows 10 was a major upgrade but I could argue that it was needed to fix the mess that was Windows 8. And the external differences between 7, the previous “good” release, and 10 aren’t that great. It’s still Windows. Maybe I’m missing the nuances, but if, as Kirk says, what we want is a stable base for our apps, MacOS usually has it over Windows.

    On the hardware side, where are the major advances in PC technology. Sure there are more powerful CPUs and GPUs and the boxes are prettier, but is it real innovation? The catch on the PC side is that you usually need a new PC every time a new version of Windows comes out. Not so with MacOS.

    I’m sure there are Windows users that would disagree with me, and they may well be right, but at this point, I’m still on the Mac side of things and since my fully tricked out 2014 Retina iMac can run most new games at close to maximum and easily handles all my apps, there’s no reason to change.

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