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The iOS-ification of macOS

Apple's decision to make #macOS look and feel more like #iOS is aspirational, certainly. If users could seamlessly switch between operating systems and retain muscle memory it would be a big win. It's no wonder that #Apple decided to do this with macOS 13 #Ventura.

But in practice, Apple's zeal for consolidation has created some real problems for users. In many cases it feels like one step forward and two steps back. I can see how iOS power users may welcome most of the changes to macOS, but that position smacks of Stockholm Syndrome to me.

One of the best examples of this is the redesigned System Settings, which is a mess. I've given it months to “grow on me” and it has… like a fungal infection. The settings are (dis)organized into a single column of top-level categories in a seemingly random order. Devices running macOS have wide screens, so restricting the top-level categories to a single narrow column is an artificial limitation. And it can’t be remedied by resizing the System Settings window because only its height can be changed.

And the organization? macOS has a much deeper and more broad collection of settings than iOS. So as difficult as specific iOS settings can be to find on an iPhone, it’s near impossible on a Mac. And making it worse is the fact that some settings have been organized out of existence, spread out into disparate, counterintuitive categories. Want to tune all your power and sleep settings? You may have to explore a dozen settings categories to find them when they could have been put into an “Energy” category or something similar. Luckily there is a search feature. Without it I’m sure users would be surrounding the Apple Campus with pitchforks and torches.

Also part of this convergence initiative is the Apple decision to make physical keyboards work more like the iOS virtual keyboard, which changes contextually. The difference is that the iOS keyboard changes in appearance so you can infer what's expected. This means that, for example, sometimes you can use the delete key to remove characters to the right of your cursor, and sometimes you can't. It's like an infuriating game. And now when you press and hold an alphanumeric key it no longer repeats, in favor of a popup with extended characters (e.g. foreign characters with accents and ligatures). I suppose that’s handy for people who write in a foreign language. But you would assume that it would be an option, not a change to the original default key behavior. Your keyboard isn’t broken. Apple made it better #YOUREWELCOME.

#tech #opinion

Mar 7, 2023

If you’re having issues with alarm volume on #iOS being super low try disabling the Face ID “attention aware feature” setting. It drops the volume when it thinks you’re using the phone but I’ve seen it happen sitting on a nightstand.

#apple #tech #recommendation

Oct 21, 2021

If you're interested in beta testing my new iOS app “Āthepedia” let me know. Need an iPhone running iOS 13 or later (Android version coming soon).

#atheism #Apple #iOS #tech #software #recommendation

Jul 20, 2021

#iOS auto-corrected “Democratic Party” to “Semicratic Larry”. Holy fuckballs.

#Apple #humor

Mar 3, 2020

When #Apple #iOS autocorrect changes “assume” to “ass you me both” it reminds me that I am so not worried about a robot apocalypse.

#humor #pedantry

Sep 4, 2019

What a fun and gorgeous game… INSIDE by Playdead.

‎Playdead's INSIDE
‎Playdead's INSIDE

#Apple #iOS #recommendation

Dec 22, 2017

Why people use ad blockers on the iMore website: More ads than content. All ads are for Android phones on an #Apple news site. Errant click = lost.

#iOS #tech #opinion

Mar 30, 2017

#iPhone autocorrect, you win. I’m just going to call them “hit dogs” and start living the dream.

#Apple #iOS #humor

Mar 4, 2017

Asked wife what I should bring home from store. iOS spell correct reminded me of the BIG difference between “fruit cups” and “fruit cops”.

#pedantry #humor #Apple #iOS

Jan 11, 2017

iOS autocorrects “ewok” to “WWII”. Where do I begin…

#Apple #iOS #humor

Dec 22, 2016

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