Warning– middle aged man ranting about first world problem alert. I am just venting about my recent problems with my Mac. Feel free to ignore.
After the last couple of operating system releases, the wifi on my Mac has always been hosed. It’s been glitchy, with dropped connections, greyed out icons for Dropbox and OneDrive and browsers telling me that they cannot connect. It was bad after the El Capitan upgrade but this last week it has been plain awful. My Mac won’t connect to the Internet at all in the co-working space I frequent, and it struggles at home. To add insult to injury, the same Mac has no trouble at all connecting in Windows 10 on Boot Camp. It’s clearly a software problem and quite a big one if you do a quick Google search for it on the Internet.
I was ranting about this to a friend whose job it is to install networks for businesses and he said he’s noticed a big uptick in problems with Macs over the past two years.
This is frustrating. I mean come on! WiFi is not exactly a bleeding edge technology. It’s one of the core functions of a modern laptop. It’s simply astonishing that a tech company like Apple is struggling with wifi drivers.
How has it come to this? It used to be that OSX was infinitely more reliable than Windows. There were periods in the first decade of this century when my iBooks and MacBooks used to run for months without a restart and years without a single problem.
Those days are long gone. Over the past few years I have had more and more programs crashing and asking me to send in error reports, keyboards locking up and the machine just freezing– not even a blue screen of death. It just stops working. These past few years I have had far less trouble with my Windows machines.
With some of this stuff I am inclined to give the benefit of the doubt. Apple is not responsible for the work of all the people developing software for their machines. But it is a disturbing trend.
Part of me is tempted to go for the easy explanation. Everything started to go wrong when the late, great Steve Jobs died. Without his obsessive detail-oriented presence Apple has simply gone down hill. This would never have happened if Steve Jobs were alive, I often find myself thinking. The more logical part of me doesn’t buy it. After all the same systems were in place after he passed on. The same processes of development were gone through.
I’m inclined to blame the yearly OS upgrade treadmill. This is a pure marketing exercise intended to give Tim Cook something to announce along with the new machines. The idea is to generate some excitement. Well, what would excite me, Apple, is Macs returning to something like the reliability they used to have. I don’t care about how my computer interacts with an iPhone. I don’t care about whizzbang new icons. I want something that just works because it’s something I just work on.
(I am writing this in Windows 10 on a MacBook by the way.)
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