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Posted on June 7th, 2011 by Barry Collins

Is Apple planning to kill off Mac OS X?

OS X Lion

As Gerald Ratner will testify, standing on stage and panning your own products isn’t a particularly effective sales strategy. Yet when Steve Jobs announced last night that he was “going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device”, it wasn’t a million miles away from the “total crap” quip that cost Ratner his job and, very nearly, his company.

Does Apple really want or even need full-fat Mac OS X? The evidence increasingly suggests not. In four short years, iOS has acquired a 16.8% share of the smartphone market, according to Gartner: almost double the 9.3% market share Apple’s spent 10 years building with Mac OS X.  On tablets, iOS and the iPad accounted for 80% of all sales in the first quarter of 2011, according to Context. iOS is mainstream: Mac OS X isn’t and likely never will be.

Over the past couple of months, there have been continual rumours that Apple is testing the iPad’s A5 processor in its MacBook range, suggesting Apple believes iOS could stretch further than smartphones and tablets.

The only part of Apple’s portfolio where iOS doesn’t make sense is in the high-end

Indeed, recent developments in Mac OS X itself have borrowed heavily from iOS, not least touch gestures and, crucially, the Mac App Store. Even the new version of the operating system itself is a download-only “app”, available exclusively from the Mac App Store.

You can see why a transition to iOS is appealing to Apple. Why would Jobs want to keep giving software companies a free ride on Mac OS X, when it could migrate MacBooks to iOS, mandate software purchases via the App Store only, and take a 30% cut of the revenue?

The only part of Apple’s portfolio where iOS doesn’t make sense is in the high-end. Yet, Apple’s already discontinued its Xserve range of servers and the company barely speaks of its corporate customers these days: it’s almost exclusively fixated on the consumer market.

Could Apple eventually phase out Mac OS X? I suspect it’s already doing so.

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  1. David Wright Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    The power user is the one who will lose out, if this is the strategy.

    For simple “non productive” tasks, such as web browsing or emailing, a tablet OS is fine.

    For photo editing, research and content creation, the iOS interface is too restrictive.

    At the moment, I have e-mail, twitter, web browser, Visio and skype open in separate windows on one monitor, on the other I have Project, Excel and Word open and I am creating new Word documents containing information garnered from Visio, Firefox, Excel and Project.

    Being able to flick between the apps “alt+tab” or iOS style is a pain. Being able to see 3 or 4 windows of information at the same time and assemble that information into a single new document, without having to continually interrupt myself, by flipping another app full screen, then flipping back is something I would be unwilling to give up.

    I think elements of iOS will transfer well into OS X, but I don’t think the “content creators” will be able / willing to move to such a confined workflow.

    I think Adobe’s ideas, where they use the iPad as an extension to the computer for creating content is good.

    As we move towards more on-line services, I think, for a lot of users, a simplified interface will be fine and iOS or a web browser interface will work. For power users, it is going to be too restrictive.

    Try taking a 32GB SD card with an afternoons worth of snaps from the botanical gardens and try and process them all on an iPad or on ChromeOS, using just a web browser. It would take a couple of weeks to load the data into Apple’s / Google’s cloud, if they even let you.

    My 8 core machine takes a couple of seconds to process a new image in Lightroom. I hate to think how long an iPad’s ARM processor would take to process RAW images and manipulate them, I doubt it would be in “real time”.

     
  2. Paul Ockenden Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    A cynic writes…

    The initial release of iOS with the first ever iPhone was a superb bit of engineering. It was so intuitive that you really didn’t need a manual. It was obvious that it had been developed by a team where everyone from marketing through to design and programming had been working closely together.

    But, as I’ve previously mentioned in PC Pro’s Mobile & Wireless column, since that initial release it all seems to have gone a bit Pete Tong. Apple’s legendary usability seems to have become a casualty as new features have been shoehorned into the mobile OS. I don’t know anyone that worked out how to access multi-tasking or organise their apps into folders without asking a friend or looking it up online. And as for dragging a list of messages down to find a hidden search box, whose brilliant idea was that?

    It’s a bit like a gorgeous stately home that had a ghastly extension built in the 1950s, and a tacky conservatory in the 1980s. The initial architect would be spinning in his grave. Likewise, that tight-knit team that conceived and built the original iOS release must be spitting iFeathers.

    I simply don’t think it’s possible for iOS to become a desktop OS without *completely* trashing it. The UI framework was designed to be ‘just so’ for a phone. I hope Apple doesn’t take their elegant stately home and turn it into a tacky theme park.

     
  3. David Artiss Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I agree with Barry and Paul on this.

    When I heard the announcement, it occurred to me that they were probably lining up iOS to take over on their Mac range.

    I too thought that iOS was supposed to be incredibly intuitive, but when I tried my daughters iPhone Touch I ended up having to “Google” to find out how to place apps into folders – it’s not obvious as all.

     
  4. David Staples Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    “Why would Jobs want to keep giving software companies a free ride on Mac OS X”

    Shocking.

    Don’t these selfish software companies know that by producing software and expecting to receive (gasp!) actual payment for it, that they are needlessly diverting precious money that could could more profitably be residing in the offshore bank accounts of Steve Jobs (the world’s poorest billionaire).

     
  5. Ian Betteridge Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    The answer to your question headline, of course, is “no”.

     
  6. Chris Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    David Wright makes the argued case for why the answer is “no”. But there is a really compelling reason to keep Mac OS X going, and that is to support Apple’s developer community. Until there is a realistic way to develop iOS apps on iOS devices the answer will remain “no”.

    As a personal note I grew up with a Commodore 64 and it took me a long time to work out that developing software for it was a mugs game, as all the commercial software had been probably been created on workstations running cross-assemblers. In Apple’s case, Mac OS X is the perfect platform for developing the apps that drive iPhone and iPad sales.

     
  7. gavmeister Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    first paragraph: drivel. will now read remainder.

     
  8. Danny Thomas Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    As Apple has proven time and time again, they are notoriously hard to predict. However, from their perspective, I can see sense in offering an IOS derived consumer focused experience (possibly on a Macbook Air style device) and reserve the OSX experience for the ‘Pro’ community. The IOS/App Store walled garden fits their perception of the consumer need and is a flexible way to monitise services to this market.

     
  9. Ron Watson Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    The other clue that this could be the end of OS X is the name. Lion is arguably the Daddy of the big cats. How will they top Lion? Sabre Tooth perhaps.

     
  10. gavmeister Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    @Ron

    That’s an easy one: Thundercat.

    iOS would be Snarf.

     
  11. QbixQbix Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Since so many users have pointed out the requirement for a “Professional” version of OSX for programme development alongside the iOS or “Home Basic” version for web browsing perhaps Steve Jobs will take the cue and launch Ultimate (for graphic designers), Home Premium (for iMacs)and Starter (for PowerPCs Macs?) editions. Just a thought.

     
  12. iOS dev Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    This is ridiculous drivel and utter link bait. I want my pageview back. PC Plus is better. :/

     
  13. Steve Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Please get rid of OSX so I no longer need to keep Macs around to simply run Final Cut Pro. Premier has finally got to the point where it’s on par if not better then FCP, if using a nVidia CUDA card for video acceleration.

     
  14. Rob Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    @Ian:

    The author gives his reasons for the conclusion. Where are yours?

     
  15. Firhill Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    @gavmeister
    lol so that makes iOS the annoying runt of the litter?

     
  16. Dominic Pettifer Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    “Is Apple planning to kill off Mac OS X?”

    NO!

    How will iOS apps be developed? What about websites? What about the professional designers, DTP’s, graphic artists, 3D modellers, game developers, movie editors, sound recordists? The people who do these things mostly use Macs. If they were to do these things on iOS, it would have to take on significant complexity that wouldn’t belong on a mobile device or post-PC internet appliance.

    As for the ARM thing, OSX is quite capable of running on ARM, they’re not about to put iOS on a MacBook Air.

     
  17. RoverDaddy Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    @Chris: “In Apple’s case, Mac OS X is the perfect platform for developing the apps that drive iPhone and iPad sales.”

    Isn’t it actually the ONLY platform? If I could buy the $99 SDK and develop iOS apps without a Mac I would.

     
  18. Seth Chandler Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    @Ron, that is too easy: Gryphon.

     
  19. Barry Collins Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks for the comments.

    The point about Mac OS X being the sole development platform for iOS is an excellent one.

    However, it would be perfectly possible for Apple to keep OS X alive as a development platform, and eventually migrate its laptops/Mac Mini to iOS.

    The other point I should clarify is that I don’t anticipate this happening overnight – I believe it will be a gradual process over a number of years.

    Regards

    Barry Collins
    Editor

     
  20. Chris Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    @RoverDaddy “If I could buy the $99 SDK and develop iOS apps without a Mac I would.”

    But then it wouldn’t be the perfect platform. :-) You’d have the Commodore 64 situation all over again if you tried to use Windows (ref. my post above)

    Also @Barry Collins, no self-respecting developer would be seen without a Mac Book Pro. Converting the iMac to ARM would make more sense, and that doesn’t seem likely, does it?

     
  21. Rudolph Pienaar Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    One thing that seems to get lost in the wash over and over again is that iOS and Mac OSX are technically the same operating system at the core. Both are built off a BSD-derivative called Darwin.

    In fact, called iOS an “OS” is debatable. You could convincingly argue that iOS is little more than a particular UI (optimized for touch) bolted on top of Darwin. All the functions of an actual “Operating System” (memory management, device interaction, process tables, networking, etc) are handled by the same Darwin underpinnings as Mac OSX.

    So, the question of whether iOS will kill off OSX is really meaningless. Both iOS and OSX are the same core operating system, but different UI stacks (and typically compiled to different processors: ARM for iOS and x86_64 for OSX).

    Would iOS (or an iOS-like) UI paradigm replace the current Quartz-based UI stack on OSX? That’s a more accurate question.

    As long as I can get to a Darwin terminal app I care little for the flashy exterior — be it OSX or iOS (in fact, jailbreak your iOS device, install a Terminal app from Cydia, and you’ll see the exact same “belly-of-the-beast” in iOS as in OSX).

     
  22. Mark Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    OS X isn’t going away, it’s just going to fade seriously into the background. A file system based OS is a throwback to the days when computers filled a room. They couldn’t handle the housekeeping so it got handed over to the user. Now that they can handle the housekeeping, why not let them do it. Apps can be written for the Power User that make use of keyboards and mice while still making use of the newest iOS features. Maybe it would take the form of a glass keyboard that presents buttons specific to that app. Persoanlly I’d live to have a customized Final Cut Pro keyboard with a “Refresh View” button instead of having to remember shift F12. I’d rather concentrate on my work than on what the OS is up to or remembering what arcane key combination to use.

     
  23. Mike Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    It makes sense for Apple to rid of osx and concentrate on the consumer market. I’m sure if they stack up the numbers that, compared to their macbook pros and mac pros, the iphone/ipad is growing exponentially. Since the former are basically windows machines anyway, seems obvious for Apple to do what it always does best… and that is monopoly. It’s lost control of osx (Hackintoshes and windows on their own machines). With ios/itunes/icloud, Apple can control it’s consumers once they have invested in it… Unlike with osx.

     
  24. Bob Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    @Steve: why wait for Apple to get rid of Mac OS X? You can get rid of your Mac right now and replace it PCs running Premier.

     
  25. Fred Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I hope that Mac OS X is not going away. Mac OS X has too many things that iOS will not replace. iCloud will make file transfer more transparent but will not read, manipulate or write the file as you wish and the OS and it the applications on it will read, manipulate or write files. iOS great for ad hoc read, manipulate or write certain files but these devices doesn’t have computing power to do the serious computational operation. The laptop or desktop will remain the most home user’s computing powerhouse and the Mac OS X will be running that on Apple.

     
  26. vulpine Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Probably the biggest argument against this analysis is the fact that Apple’s Mac sales have been going up every quarter for the last five years, steadily outpacing the growth of all the other brands with limited exceptions.

    Personally, what I’m expecting to see is a better integration between iOS and OS X to the point that the iOS device can completely replace conventional portables and serve as an extension of the desktop rather than a replacement. I don’t expect to see the Mac Pro, iMac or Mac Mini disappear or even go all ARM unless Apple’s design unit can make it exceed the capabilities of current and future x86 chipsets the way the PPC did 15 years ago. Do that, and suddenly Apple’s security woes are resolved and platform independence is insured.

     
  27. Shooshie Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 6:21 am

    The point about demoting the Mac to “just a device” was meant in relation to the iOS devices. No longer would you need the Mac to load them, program them, or sync them all together. That’s as it should be. The comment never meant that he is phasing out the Mac.

    Beware of false prophets foretelling the end of Apple. They’re always there, ready to bend every ambiguous statement or dangling factoid to signal impending doom of the company they hate. In the 1990’s, before Steve Jobs returned to Apple, they nearly succeeded in killing it. Employees in computer stores daily misinformed countless customers about the Mac and its abilities, as if it was some kind of toy. As a pro-user, I literally could not believe my ears as they told me the impossibly stupid. I’d set them straight, but I’m sure that didn’t stop them.

    The Mac is not going away. It’s THE pro platform for musicians, and certainly one of the mainstays of artists, designers, writers, videographers, and… iOS programmers.

    Repeat: the Mac is getting better, not going away. Oh… and if you look at the pages about the new Lion OS, you’ll find a toolset readily available which turns it into: Lion Server. So never mind about there being no OSX Server; since it’s basically the same OS as the consumer version. they just quit pretending it was different and started providing the server tools separately.

    Beware of false prophets foretelling the demise of Apple. They serve no function but to create fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

    Shooshie

     
  28. Eddie Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 6:39 am

    So what will serious Apple OS developers use to actually develop the apps that Apple will get a 30% cut of? Tools like Xcode and Interface Builder. Oh that’s right, the author of this article has never once written a line of Objective-C nor used Xcode to develop an iOS app.

     
  29. milliganp Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 7:01 am

    @Rudolph
    Thank you for saving me some typing. Will Barry now run an article saying that Android will replace Linux.
    If we look at the recent article on Windows 8 it’s obvious that there is a need for two distinct UI models. For web based information consumption and participation a simplified UI offers great advantages. However there are tasks that still need a mouse/menu interface and they are not going away anytime soon.
    However there probably are millions of laptop owners who do little content creation so an “iPad with a keyboard” may well be an ideal device for them.

     
  30. gavmeister Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Apple products are for girls. Switching Macs to iOS would be further proof.

     
  31. gavmeister Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    @iOSdev Quite. I am gutted PC Pro are flushing their status down the drain with this nonsense. This sort of article belongs in You Magazine, not a tech site with PC Pro’s (rapidly declining) reputation. It’s sad to see.

    Tim Danton must be turning in his upstairs office.

     
  32. gavmeister Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    @ios dev re pc plus, it’s not time to jump ship to techradar quite yet but we’re getting there. So sad. I’d always been a BBC B / Windows 95 fan when younger, into games, bits of programming. But having worked in stockbroking for 10 yrs I had lost all my IT awareness because it was all locked down and handled by tech support. When I left to set up my own business PC Pro was a godsend. It essentially taught me how to operate my own IT. But Barry’s taking PC Pro in a different direction – basically tabloid, which is his background (this and the ACS Law stuff and the anti-Philip Green review stuff are the examples of that) – and perhaps that will work for subscription numbers. But it’s not working for me. Where’s the rejoicing in tech? it’s all just big headlines, negativity and guesswork. Gutted really.

    Just look down the “latest news” today. It reads like the Daily Mail front page. Cut out the miserabilist, controversialist stories. Bring back the geeky joy. I might even start buying the mag again. It’s not too late guys! time to turn this ship around.

    Sorry to be on your case Barry but I suspect I am articulating what some of your colleagues are thinking privately. There’s little evidence you have a deep understanding of tech – you are a reporter and you’d be a roaring success back at the Mail – are you certain the editor’s chair at PC Pro is really your cup of tea? I started trolling you above, which is unforgivable. I just think you are taking PC Pro in the wrong direction. But I promise not to bother you again in comments.

     
  33. Barry Collins Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Gavmeister,

    I don’t want to turn this thread into a discussion about the direction of PC Pro, but I can assure you we’re not turning “tabloid”.

    I’m actually proud of the stories we’ve published on ACS Law and Sir Phillip Green’s report – to my mind, they’re examples of good investigative journalism, and of holding people in authority to account, not the rehashed press releases you’ll find on other “tech news” sites. And judging by the comments posted on these stories (see http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/364501/exposed-file-sharing-lawyers-collect-fines-using-dormant-company ), many of our readers appreciate the journalism, too.

    Barry Collins
    Editor

     
  34. mark Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    @gavmeister http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/apple/the-future-is-ios-not-mac-os-x-963230

     
  35. gavmeister Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    @barry thanks for the response (except link doesn’t work – needs a space before the end bracket).

    @mark is that article link (I read it yesterday) intended to support or refute my position? The techradar article is more balanced (”It’s too soon to say that Apple is about to knife Mac OS X…But it is clear that Apple sees its future as being increasingly away from its history in traditional personal computing”), but what’s interesting is the comments are much higher quality here at PC PRo, particularly @Rudolph Pienaar’s jaw-droppingly good one (i now TOTALLY get iOS vs OS X, thanks Rudolph!). So the quality readers are still here.

    So maybe it’s me, just a matter of personal taste. For me, Barry’s headline and first paragraph are misleading, sensationalist, controversialist, factually and conceptually wrong and just wind me right up. The techradar article I just read, learn, nod and move on.

     
  36. Peter Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    @gavmeister
    The “demise” of OSX started the day that the iPhone \ iPod Touch emerged blinking from the shadows. And it reflects the change taking place in “IT”.

    For many years “Computers” were a hobby in themselves, and for many they still are. An analogy with motoring is appropriate. Most people give not a hoot about anything other than getting from A-B. However many people are seduced by claims that they’ll be buying the “Ultimate Driving Machine” or by pretty styling, or perceived “quality”.
    Likewise basic computing platforms are now so reliable that most people neither know nor care which one they are using at any time. Apple’s alleged recent success in flogging Macs is down almost entirely to their physical qualities. Nobody goes out to buy “OSX” (or IOS) but the lifestyle attractions of all that shiny metal and glass are obvious.

    As far as I can tell Apple have been pushing in this direction for years. Rudolph Pienaar points-out that this is down to the use of the same basic UNIX core OS in all their current devices. Hence porting iPhone apps to iPad is relatively easy despite the disparate hardware platforms involved. If you get this right, attention is focused not on low-level machine programming, but on exposed hardware functions to higher-level programming.

    This was VERY smart of Apple!

    OSX is dead! Long Live OSX

     
  37. pfslow Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    The ideal OS has always been none at all. Just applications that did what you want in a way that you expect. This is where Steve Jobs has always been heading. The UNIX core is making this possible. Not here yet but, someday…

     
  38. Mikhael Michaelides Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Hmmm and there was me thinking of buying a Mac in the next few months and making the switch… Bad idea maybe? Should I stick with my trusty PC for now…?

     
  39. Stephen Falk Says:
    June 9th, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Re:Mikhael Michaelides

    YEs Michael

    keep your trusty PC
    I myself always make important decisions
    based on one article I’ve read online.

     
  40. Owen Andrews Says:
    June 9th, 2011 at 3:56 am

    This article contains some complete crap in itself. True iOS has hugely boosted Apple over the last couple of years but that doesnt mean Mac OS X is dead. iOS was something the mobile industry seriously needed, a decent mobile OS. So for obvious reasons it caught on like wildfire. Mac OS X is for people who do a little more with their lives than tweet and watch youtube, Its iOS’s powerful big brother. True, its a slow grower but it growing none the less. As pointed out at this years WWDC Mac popularity grew by 28% and Windows dropped by 1%.

    I think mobile technology will partially take over the personal computer industry but mac osx will always have its place. As will windows.

     
  41. Matt Says:
    June 9th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    If they did phase out OS.X (which they won’t) then it will leave developers with nowhere to go to develop Apps for either iOS or OS.X!

    Without developers creating Apps, the iPhone / iPad wouldn’t be anywhere near where they are today.

    Mac sales are up hugely, that isn’t a sign that people don’t want ‘PC’ like machines to do more than they can on their iOS device.

    Apple know that, they are not stupid – they have to provide a platform for ‘power’ users (not only for developers, but many other users). However, it doesn’t mean that an iOS front-end can’t be bolted-on to OS.X for the average user, which is exactly what they have done in Lion!

    What Steve Jobs meant was that the PC/Mac isn’t going to be the centre of the world where we store all of our files, and connect all our devices to before we can do anything, not that the Mac is going to turn into an iOS-like device.

    Only takes a little common sense to realise that, instead we get mindless doom-mongering prattle.

     
  42. TimoGunt Says:
    June 10th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I don’t think he neccessarily meant the end of OSX. But the end of OSX as a platform that people buy in to. Even if you had a million developers for the 300 million iOS devices(I might have exaggerated that number, not sure) then that’s only a million devices every couple of years. Yes Macs are up but the tablet has only just started its life and as people start realising that they don’t need a computer to sync to any more sales will start to drop. This is the start of the death of OSX, not the end. Over the next couple of years I expect to see sales of Macs drop. Might not be this year but it will come

     
  43. Tony Says:
    June 10th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Where does it say that it is not possible to have a fully fledged development suite created for iOS? Can’t be arsed trawling through all of the hand wringing in this thread to find out, but I don’t recall anybody saying that iOS could never support development platforms.

     
  44. Doofus Says:
    June 11th, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Predictions?

    Can’t listen, … gotta try to get back the stuff I sold preparing for the end of the world last week.

     
  45. Ben Wallace Says:
    June 12th, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I ain’t buying no stinky Lion
    from any stinking ‘App Store’.
    Could Lion become Apple’s Vista

     
  46. Ron Says:
    July 1st, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Good riddance I say. OSX is an over-rated and unintuitive OS to use. The UI feels like it’s kludged together and not really thought through – the Mac OS UI belongs in the 80s. If it wasn’t for the shiny hardware that it runs on no one would give it a second glance these days.

    Not that I’m saying that iOS like interfaces are better – in fact, these are much worse. Merely that Windows and Linux are superior.

     
  47. Rex Says:
    September 30th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Ron – I’m stunned that not a single member of the legions of Apple fans has risen to the defense of OSX in response to your final comment here back in July.

    I’m one of them. But I’m kind of with you. I think you overstate your case, but, I think Win 7 is easier to use than OSX for the uninitiated user. Would a novice ever work out on in OSX how to get the desktop to appear when your screen is filled by windows? Why isn’t it feasible to rename a folder or move a file in a dialog box, when you spot there’s an error? Why can’t you resize a window by grabbing its sides? MS has finally come up with an OS that’s easier to use than the Mac – and although it’s nothing like as crashproof, it’s pretty solid …

     
  48. OS923 Says:
    January 20th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    The users will kill off OSX. Google “I hate OSX” and read the comments.

    When OSX arrived, I refused to switch. (I’m still using OS 9 and XP.) What I found most disturbing, is that you are supposed to program in Objective-C, the predecessor of C++. (The C++ standard was set in 1981.) Ron is too mild when he says that the Mac OS UI belongs in the 80s. This is technology of the seventies. There are not too many people who develop software for Apple. If you ask them to go back to Objective-C, then that’s a very bad idea.

    Another problem is that people use their computer to do their work and to use the internet. I think that you should have 2 computers: one for your work and one for internet. I use OS 9 for my work and XP with Firefox for internet. A computer is now evolving towards just a ‘device’ to browse the internet.

    Then I wonder what will happen when OSX is discontinued and all those OSX computers arrive on eBay with crashed software and without installation disk. Then you will see that OS 9 was better. It was easier to install, use and repair.

     

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