Apple Wins and Losses – 16 Oct 2014

Well, a mixed bag for Apple. Not only was the performance overbearing and tedious, but many disappointments.

The Bad Things

  • No update on iPod
  • iPad Mini 3 gets a TouchID for an extra $100 vs. iPad Mini 2, really?
  • No update on AppleTV
  • No mention of the problems with iOS 8 adoption (not enough storage space)
  • Keep erroring/timing out on trying to install OSX Yosemite
  • Whoever redesigned the iTunes interface should be fired, everything gets moved around for what reason? the interface is now bigger, so harder to use? It took 10 minutes to figure out how to get the sidebar back? Unbelievable. Now the switch-to-full-view button is an x so it looks like the close button? And the switch-to-mini-player button is not only cryptic, but it only displays on mouseover. What? This is a bad joke.

The Good Things

  • Camera upgrades to iPad Air 2
  • General upgrades to iPad Air 2
  • Really awesome monitor for iMac (which I will likely never use)
  • Nice update to Mac Mini (which I may indeed buy in the future)

Overall Impression

This is a mixed bag of releases. I look forward to OSX Yosemite and iOS 8.1 interactivity. I'll stay away from all the Apple apps and iCloud for a while (or forever) but being able to switch browsers from one screen to another should be awesome. That is, once I am able to install these operating systems.

Update 40 Days Later

Well, 8.1 and 10.10 are pretty crappy and have led to greater instability and none of the supposed remarkable things to come. iCloud is still a joke and the Chrome browser breaks down regularly now (same version of Chrome, different version of OSX). Really very disappointing.