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    Is this the future of Apple?

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    Is this the future of Apple?
    After upgrading to Mavericks I was using the Contacts app, and thought to myself "This is effing ugly!" Black text on a white background. The entire app is a plain, boring, ugly black and white. It looks like something from a Linux desktop 10 years ago! The new iBooks? Black and white. Calendar? Black and white. This black and white insanity is pervasive in iOS 7 as well. Reminders? Black and white. Music? Black and white. Safari? Black and white. Notes? Black and white.

    Is it just me or is Apple loosing it? As entrenched as I am in the Apple ecosystem, I have been researching Android phones, and am definitely considering one. I was considering an iPad mini for my 4 1/2 year old (who currently uses my old iPad 1). But instead of adding kid friendly features to the new iPads like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire have, Apple increased the price to $400. Well, I plan on getting my kid either the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD for $129, both of which allow you to create a profile for a child and control which apps they have access to, along with other kid friendly features. I plan on taking the money I save and put it in his his college fund.

    Apple is loosing it. And since they don't listen to their customers, I plan on making a statement with my dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zBernie View Post
    After upgrading to Mavericks I was using the Contacts app, and thought to myself "This is effing ugly!"

    Apple is loosing it. And since they don't listen to their customers, I plan on making a statement with my dollars.
    Nothing in this world is ever approved by 100% of the population (users) using the product. Just the way it is...nothing is perfect.

    In fact...you only mentioned one very small aspect of Mavericks (Contacts app.). There have got to be multiple new things or refinements that you do approve of...aren't there??

    If not...and you 100% hate everything Mavericks stands for...you of course are perfectly entitled to that opinion. But I think that you will clearly be in minority with that.

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    I agree.

    What about when they removed the doubletap on the top bar to minimize iTunes back in 10.7. Why?
    We're up to 10.9 now and we still have to hit the tiny minimize button. Why?
    The only app in OS X that can't be minimized from the top bar.

    Changed the sidebar icons to gray instead of color in both iTunes and Finder... Why?
    I have add-ins to change them both back to color, so I can't tell if 10.9 changed those back or my add-ins are still functioning.

    Change iOS app icons from a 3D look with gradient backgrounds to plain jane mid 1990s Linux 2D with single color backgrounds.

    They have a few reviewers complaining about skeumophism in their apps.
    So, instead of coming up with something better, they just change them all to black text on white background.
    That'll show those reviewers.
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    I have to say I do agree with all Bobtomays points above.

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    Had to look that word up...
    Didn't care for the fake book contacts or calendar either. Then again, there's simple and there's "Oh man, is that the best you can do?".
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    Not to be contrary again but I quite like the new interfaces. But that's why we're individuals!

    Removing handy functions is a silly thing to do though...

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    Matter of moving with the times.

    Older (or more experienced maybe?) forum members can recall the stink that was created with the original iMac removing the floppy drive. Apple committed marketing suicide we were told. Happens when you are at the fore of technology.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    The Floppy I was very much for them removing. So many floppy 3.5" discs dying. Was that way for everyone I knew.

    I was at Frys in the Silicon Valley (Sunnyvale I believe) the weekend that Bondi Blue iMac was released. People were running around like it was the end of the world like chicken little and the sky is falling. NO FLOPPY! My god what are we going to do now? My friend and I were not really shocked at all. I stopped using floppies way back and bought one of the first Iomega Zip drives, so I knew it was coming. After the Flash drive came out, I did in NO WAY miss the floppy.

    An Optical drive I still do use here for my work and fun. Blank DVD's are so cheap. That I miss a lot more but with a desktop system, a USB drive works wonders. I am though more concerned with a notebook as I really don't like dragging stuff along with me besides the notebook.

    An example. Doing a video for say friends or Family and giving each person their copy. With a quality video a Flash drive would be $10+ per person where Blank DVD's would be pennies a DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zBernie View Post
    It looks like something from a Linux desktop 10 years ago!
    Linux was deeply grey and was awash in muted colours. If anything, Apple's new "black on white" style is nothing like it.

    Quote Originally Posted by zBernie View Post
    But instead of adding kid friendly features to the new iPads like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire have, Apple increased the price to $400. Well, I plan on getting my kid either the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD for $129, both of which allow you to create a profile for a child and control which apps they have access to, along with other kid friendly features.
    For almost twice the price, you'd think the Mini would be twice the tablet which isn't even close to reality. It might be a nice 7" tablet but against the solid hardware of the Nexus 7, Apple's got to do a lot more (a lot...a lot) to justify the price tag. While I think the iPad Mini is probably a nice device, the marketing team is delusional to think that $400 is acceptable.

    Quote Originally Posted by zBernie View Post
    Apple is loosing it. And since they don't listen to their customers, I plan on making a statement with my dollars.
    They might be "losing it" but it's working for them.
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    Agreed with Van, does not look like any Linux I have seen and I have been working with Linux since 1992.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Nothing in this world is ever approved by 100% of the population (users) using the product. Just the way it is...nothing is perfect.

    In fact...you only mentioned one very small aspect of Mavericks (Contacts app.). There have got to be multiple new things or refinements that you do approve of...aren't there??

    If not...and you 100% hate everything Mavericks stands for...you of course are perfectly entitled to that opinion. But I think that you will clearly be in minority with that.

    - Nick

    p.s. Remember...Mavericks was free. It's not like you paid good money for it...and are disappointed.

    No, I did not only mention one small aspect of Mavericks. I mentioned the Contacts app, the calendar, Reminders, Music. All of these are an ugly black and white. That goes double for the iOS 7 versions of these apps. In addition to being ugly, all white applications are a strain on the eyes. Apple is loosing it's ability to create an esthetically pleasing graphical interface to an obsession with minimalism.

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    Music? You mean iTunes? That looks as it has for a long time. And, from the looks of it, Reminders looks the same (don't use it myself but it looks pretty much the same).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    Agreed with Van, does not look like any Linux I have seen and I have been messing with Linux since 1992.

    I've been doing linux (and unix) systems administration since the mid 90's. I've done a lot more than "messed with linux". You must not been exposed to the many different versions of linux as I have. I've used Redhat since 5.0, Fedora, Ubuntu, SUSE, running assorted window managers, and I currently administer over 40 CentOS bare metal and virtual machines in an enterprise environment.

    Let me rephrase my original comment -- Many of the new Apple core applications are not nearly as esthetically pleasing as those of some linux distributions I've used. Apple seems to have forfeited the idea of eye candy for an obsession with minimalism.

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    ITunes has looked this way for a while now. It's not just a Maverick thing. I stopped liking the looks back when 11.0 came out and they did away with Cover flow.

    I dont' particularly like the look of the new Contacts and the calender don't look the best to me.

    And you really do not know my experience with Linux either so please do not go there.

    And you stated IOS7 looked like a 10 year old Linux. You did not say many of the apps. So anyway, I agree in some ways with your comments about looks of some apps, just not the Linux part.

    I also edited my post and changed MESSING with Working. I did not feel I had to state exactly what I did with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zBernie View Post
    I've been doing linux (and unix) systems administration since the mid 90's. I've done a lot more than "messed with linux". You must not been exposed to the many different versions of linux as I have.
    Knowing dtravis7, I can say that you're probably right but would also say that we, between the two of us, have seen quite a bit of Linux.

    Quote Originally Posted by zBernie View Post
    Let me rephrase my original comment -- Many of the new Apple core applications are not nearly as esthetically pleasing as those of some linux distributions I've used. Apple seems to have forfeited the idea of eye candy for an obsession with minimalism.
    Those are all very subjective comments. Many people, myself included, absolutely love this minimalist trend amongst the large software and hardware companies. It's, plain and simple, fantastic. As for Linux, the overuse of graphics acceleration in Des (KDE, GNOME, MATE, Unity, etc.) creates unnecessary flash.
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