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Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:45 pm Post

OS X Mavericks? Mavericks? Really? What sort of a name is that?! I can think of *loads* of perfectly serviceable cat names! :shock:

Clearly I am not in Apple's target market any more, since I know absolutely nothing about places to go surfing. Unless you count Caswell Bay or Langland in Wales, or the coast near Portrush in Northern Ireland. And I don't think Apple will get round to calling a version of OS X after places like that, even if they use that system to name versions up to 10.365. But maybe they'll take a different tack, and go for OS X Eccentrics and Bohemians instead. Or is it California that's the focus, and they'll move onto Palm Springs or San Francisco?

I know it's a silly reaction, but I can't help feeling a little sad.
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Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:04 pm Post

I KNOW!

It's not like there aren't, oh I don't know, ABOUT A MILLION different types of cat left!?

The WWDC Keynote suggested it's a California-based focus. Can't help but think that there would have been cooler names to start with than Mavericks.

Of course, if they'd called it Maverick and announced it would be the start of a Top Gun themed series, I would have been all in!
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Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:24 pm Post

Shame they're sticking to California; I'd love to see OS X Bognor or OS X Scunthorpe.
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Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:37 pm Post

Obviously I'm not a developer, but it seemed to me that they were overcompensating for a lack of actual development with hyperbolic language and flash.

iOS7. The biggest update to iOS since the iPhone? Hardly. It looks like a superficial upgrade to me, just a change of font and a few new icons. I'd say the introduciton of third party apps was bigger. I'd argue the introduction of Siri was too.

Mac OSX.9. Huge banners, proud talk. A grand new line of nomenclature. In terms of actual development? Tabs in Finder. Tags in Finder.

The hardware updates? They put a new CPU in the Air. A slower one, if you go by clock speed, although I realise you shouldn't go purely by that. Oh, and dual mics.
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Still, I did say at the start that they seemed like they were overcompensating. I'm not saying that actually should be embarassed. It seems like a sound set of updates. It just seemed like they were trying a bit too hard to convince us, and perhaps themselves, that's they've still got it.

Case in point... the Mac Pro. "No longer innovate, my ass" says the Apple dude. Erm, you changed the shape of the box you put it in from a cube to a cylinder. I mean, really? That's what you choose to get all hyper about? Not the incredible work you've (no doubt) put into what goes inside the box. No, look at the casing on that mutha.

Double hmmm.

Still, that said. If anyone wants to give me $2000 I'll buy the new 13"MBA with all the necessary upspeccing and give you a review.
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Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:19 pm Post

I think the strange focus on design that has been going on for a few years is very calculated. Apple knows they've become the Louis Vuitton of computers, and nobody really cares about the stitching quality on a bag when all they want is the LV logo. They'll give the mechanical quality lip service of course, to keep the geeks happy, but really it's all about how that thing looks when someone is strutting down the catwalk with it draped over them. So when that is your crowd, your majority crowd, that's what you pander to. You go on for fifteen minutes about how thin the edge is on the iMac, or how a new font is the greatest achievement in the iOS line.
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Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:51 pm Post

The design of Mavericks is a straight rip-off from Chrome.
Tabbed windows? Top sites? Chrome fixtures for a long while now.
The claim is that Safari will be faster and use less memory.
With Chrome upgrading every few weeks, I doubt those claims will hold.
Oh, and iRadio? Try Google Plays for a far bigger and better catalog.
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Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:07 pm Post

I am amazed. They get better power management, and they don't reduce the battery capacity to 6-7 hours? If my old MBPro hadn't died last summer, this is what I had been waiting for. 12 hours of battery life on a laptop is the feature I've waited decades for.
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Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:10 pm Post

Siren wrote:OS X Mavericks? Mavericks? Really? What sort of a name is that?! I can think of *loads* of perfectly serviceable cat names! :shock:

I'm not sure OS X Tiddles really cuts it...
Clearly I am not in Apple's target market any more, since I know absolutely nothing about places to go surfing. Unless you count Caswell Bay or Langland in Wales, or the coast near Portrush in Northern Ireland. And I don't think Apple will get round to calling a version of OS X after places like that, even if they use that system to name versions up to 10.365. But maybe they'll take a different tack, and go for OS X Eccentrics and Bohemians instead. Or is it California that's the focus, and they'll move onto Palm Springs or San Francisco?

I know it's a silly reaction, but I can't help feeling a little sad.

...but what's in a name, really?
Druid wrote:The design of Mavericks is a straight rip-off from Chrome...

And Google have never ripped off Apple design? What's your point Druid?
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Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:28 am Post

Juddbert wrote:And Google have never ripped off Apple design? What's your point Druid?


Not sure what yours is, but mine is a sense that it's time to get off the Mac boat.
Apparently iOS 7 will force us to use Bing as a search engine.
If there's no option to choose Google instead, that will be it for me.
Google will produce Chrome phones and tablets, and I'll be happy to make the switch.

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Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:59 am Post

KB wrote:Shame they're sticking to California; I'd love to see OS X Bognor or OS X Scunthorpe.

:D :D :D

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Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:04 am Post

I don't understand the angst. I thought the touted upgrades to Mac OS maveriX look fantastic (and, for AmberV's benefit, not just the aesthetics). Tabbed Finder and tags are nice, but they're not the real innovation. Improvement to multiple screen support is much needed, well overdue, and very welcome. The changes to power and memory management are big under-the-hood improvements. I like the synchronisation of Maps and Keychain with iOS. Despite my misgivings leading into WWDC, I like the improvements to Calendar. If my ageing machine can handle them, I suspect I will regularly use almost all of the improvements to OS X mentioned in the keynote.

Note: I'm yet to watch the iOS or hardware related sections - I do need to do some work (I'm on a lunch break, OK?).

As for the name, it's a California theme. Apple include on most of their devices, something along the lines of "Proudly designed in California" so it makes sense that they would choose California place names, even if it is a little alienating to the rest of the world. Personally, I'd love to see OS X Wagga Wagga, or OS X Uluru, but I can accept that's not going to happen.

And, for AmberV's benefit, I don't think his Luis Vuitton analogy holds. Apple hardware is not priced much differently to its competitors (the last time I priced a new laptop, Apple was actually the cheapest when compared to other machines with equivalent internal specs). It's not just the look, but also ease of use, reliability, after sales service and longevity (my 4.5y/o MBP has outlived all of my previous computers, with the exception of my still functional 2002 iMac). Case in point: my parents couldn't care tuppence about the aesthetics of their computers, or the logo, but they do care about ease of use, warranty and support. Regarding the latter, the Genius Bar at the Apple Store has been a godsend for me as it reduces my parental tech support to 1/5 what it used to be.
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Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:56 am Post

If Apple are so friggin' clever, how come,then, that they missed the patently/blatantly obvious:
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Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:23 am Post

druid wrote:
Juddbert wrote:And Google have never ripped off Apple design? What's your point Druid?


Not sure what yours is, but mine is a sense that it's time to get off the Mac boat.
Apparently iOS 7 will force us to use Bing as a search engine.
If there's no option to choose Google instead, that will be it for me.
Google will produce Chrome phones and tablets, and I'll be happy to make the switch.

My point is [was] to challenge, insofar as I completely agree with Nom's succinct opening sentence, "I don't understand the angst." If truth be known, I was irritated to witness such an unwarranted level of carping: Apple bashing does seem to be de rigueur these days, but I’d not expected to find it practiced by the erudite and (normally) measured souls who constitute this forum.
Your clarification, though, makes a lot more sense to me than your initial assertion. I can’t see myself ever embracing a Google alternative to Apple's iOS/OS X offerings—Android, for example, makes me shudder—but, to quote the good Prof Xiamenese from another thread, de gustibus non est disputandum: each to his/her own preference.
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Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:21 am Post

Tabbed windows? You need a 2 window interface to handle files effectively - so path finder has to stay on my machine.

Tags? Great, I *hope* they are OpenMeta - did anyone get a piece of information about the kind of tags maveriX supports?
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Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:57 pm Post

Is that correct you have no option other then Bing for search browser, what about safari only I spent half my life getting Bing off this computer after the upgrade to windows 8 so that would stop me from buying a mac air
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