• Todd FTodd F, almost 6 years ago

    If you haven't noticed the quality of Apple's output is taking a nose dive, you're paying much attention - App Store certificates, iCloud, iTunes, El Capitan update, Apple Music, the stupid way Pencil has to be charged, etc, I think Tim Cook is probably too nice of a guy, or too out of touch with the day-to-day to keep things reigned in. SJ is the missing component.

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    • Brian ZaikBrian Zaik, almost 6 years ago

      I don't think many of these things are recent developments - some are holdovers from when Steve was still there, in fact (iCloud, App Store BS, iTunes). I do agree, however, that Apple Music is a giant travesty of design from very recent times.

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    • Faiz MokhtarFaiz Mokhtar, almost 6 years ago

      Just want to say that the App Store certificates problem is actually due to developers using incredibly old security code rather than an expired cert.

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      • Brian HintonBrian Hinton, almost 6 years ago

        Certificates

        @faiz has it correct the App Store certificate issue was a problem for both Apple and the developers. Certificates need to be updated. Apple probably should have ensured developers updated though.

        iCloud and iTunes

        iTunes, and iCloud have been in need of a major overhaul since before Tim Cook. iTunes was basically a hack of SoundJam, and has remained a hack. It needs a redesign, and either separating of it's parts (books, movies, music) or restructuring the content better. I linked this above, but these guys did a great review of how Apple could change the iTunes experience.

        And iCloud has received some major updates that were initially quirky, but I have consistently been using it for photos, project files, etc. for a year now with zero issues. iCloud has replaced Dropbox for me.

        El Capitan

        Not sure what was wrong with El Capitan? I didn't have any issues with it, and was in the beta from the beginning. The only thing I can think of is the folder permission issue, but that just requires a simple terminal command to give the admin back permissions. Are you referring to something else? I'm a big fan of Mail, Safari, and general UI updates.

        Pencil

        The Pencil is an amazing feat of engineering and design.

        1. Sitting it down it won't roll off your desk, because of how it's weighted.

        2. When it rolls it rolls in such a way that the label is readable when it comes to rest. (Who would think of that!?)

        3. The Pencil can be charged either via the iPad, or with an adapter. The convenience of charging it directly in the iPad I think warrants the weird implementation. Granted I think having a portion of the Pencil detach to plug into the iPad would have been a better design.

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        • Josué Gutiérrez Valenciano, almost 6 years ago

          Dude, stop. The Apple Pencil is good for its tech for drawing, but is a design fail the way is advertised (seriously, charging it that ways only shows the lack of ports the iPad Pro has). Battery life for a stylus (is a stylus yes) is really bad, Surface Pro's stylus a whole year of battery life and just as good (and less giant). Sick of this Apple is perfect BS.

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