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What are some things you dislike about Mac OS?

Asked by DominicX (28762points) June 12th, 2010

Most people here seem to be Mac-users or at least Mac-likers. But I’m sure you don’t think Mac OS is perfect (do you?)

What are some things that you don’t like about Macs or Mac OS?

Personally, I don’t like the inconsistent resizing of windows. Some maximize to the whole screen, some only fill up half the screen. On Windows it’s at least consistent that “maximize” causes them all to fill up the whole screen.

Additionally, I don’t like the fact that folders aren’t grouped together by default in dialog boxes. Everything is always alphabetical, but it would be easier if folders always came first despite the alphabet, like on Windows.

I also dislike how you have to “eject” everything, even USB drives.

Anyone else have any issues with Mac?

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jrpowell's avatar

Support for multiple monitors is lacking. It would be nice to have the menu bar repeat on each screen. There is software that does it but it is really buggy.

jaytkay's avatar

I think the folder navigation, like in “Save as” dialogs, is confusing.
And double clicking a folder opens a new window – my Mac friends seem to have dozens of windows open – not for any good reason, just because the Finder leaves them there,

I was a Mac user through the 90s, and then just Windows for 10 years. Recently I started using a Mac occasionally, and both these annoyances surprised me.

Vunessuh's avatar

Maybe I just have horrible hearing, but the maximum volume on my Mac is pretty lousy. A lot of my friends with Macs say the same thing. Unless I have speakers, I find it difficult to hear a movie I may be watching or a person a may be Skyping with unless there is dead silence in the room and even then, I find my laptop sitting on my chest in order to make sure I hear everything correctly.

jrpowell's avatar

@jaytkay :: Make sure you uncheck “Always open folders in a new window” in the Finder preferences.

jerv's avatar

I would have to say that the license if far and away my biggest complaint. I want to be able to use OS X on any computer of my choosing, and I want developers to be able to develop stuff for it as easily as they can for Linux and to a lesser extent Windows.

Then there are the little things that Apple does that emulate the worst of older versions of Linux, like their handling of removable media.

And then there are the smug people who insist that it is easier even though it really isn’t. In fact, I take that back; the condescension of the Mac fanbois is probably the worst thing about OS X.

@Vunessuh That is almost universal amongst laptops. Mac, Dell, Toshiba, Acer…. it doesn’t matter. There is only so much you can do with speakers the size of a quarter, and two things they can’t do are be loud and reproduce bass.

@jaytkay I find that a default install of Windows not doing that is annoying as hell. System 6 did it. System 7 did it in certain views. (in other views it was more like Windows 7 or the “Explore…” option in XP), and I generally set my XP installs to do that as well. I am often using multiple windows and prefer to close them manually.

jaytkay's avatar

Oh, another one.

When you close all its documents, an application stays open without a blank or “empty” document. The app becomes invisible.

I deal with not-too-savvy users a lot. Once they open an application, it’s open forever until they reboot (which is rare). So pretty much every application they ever use is always open.

That’s gotta bog the machine down, right?

jrpowell's avatar

@jaytkay :: Not really. I never close applications and things are fine. That is one of the things I like about OS X. Keep the apps open and they let you get to them faster without them starting from scratch each time.

Here is what I have open now. My iMac is three years old and it doesn’t slow things down in a noticeable amount.

CMaz's avatar

I don’t like Steve Jobs.

mrrich724's avatar

Question regarding “you always have to eject everything, even USB drives” . . . don’t you have to do that in Windows too? Man! I’ve used Windows my whole life until ‘07 and I’ve already forgotten everything about it (was it that bad for me? LOL)

But I recall having to go to the bottom right corner and click “Disconnect” to “Safely Disconnect USB drives in Windows . . .

Just a curiosity . . .

jerv's avatar

@mrrich724 Personally, I’ve always just yanked my Flash drives when I know that they are not in the middle of a data transfer, but only when running Windows. See, OS X is based on BSD, which makes it rather like Linux under the hood since both are UNIX-oid OSs. That means that you need to mount/unmount volumes properly or weird shit happens for sufficiently bad values of “weird”.

DeanV's avatar

Seconding the multiple menu bar support. My biggest issue with Apple’s and OSX, though is their really shitty driver implementation. OSX usually gets the same drivers Windows gets about a year later at least, resulting in some bad performance tweaks when you want to use OSX for some HD video editing or games.

I’ve seriously played the exact same game in a Windows partition and an OSX partition and get a much better framerate in Windows just because the graphics card drivers are so terrible on OSX.

jerv's avatar

@dverhey There are some Windows apps and games that run better under Linux than under Windows for the same reason. Never underestimate open-source; they have a lot more people doing their R&D and coding than Apple and Microsoft put together and cloned.
Of course, it also says something about running closed shop and controlling everything from the chip to the end product. No single company can do it all, and any that tries will drop the ball and screw up in at least one area and probably many.

ratboy's avatar

Network printing is harder than it should be.

jerv's avatar

@ratboy Networking in general seems to be a pain. Ubuntu is pretty good about seeing other computers, but printing can be a hassle there too. Windows 7 seems to have decent networking all around, but older versions of Windows were definitely deficient. And trying to get different OSs to communicate with each other is always good for a few laughs and some grey hair.
So I don’t know if OS X is really any worse there than many other operating systems.

the100thmonkey's avatar

The thing I dislike most about Mac OSX is its users, or at least those among them who insist on proselytising at every turn.

missingbite's avatar

@the100thmonkey If you would just try a Mac your dislike for us would change! ;)

jerv's avatar

@missingbite I don’t know about monkey, but I know that I still feel the same way despite using both platforms.

DominicX's avatar

I have to agree with @the100thmonkey on this one. Rabid fanboyism for Mac. So many people who own Macs seem like they work for Apple and need to sell it to as many people as possible. It’s great that you like it, but it’s religion. No one wants people to try and convert them at every turn.

Zaku's avatar

I have always been very unhappy with the need to eject removable media in software, especially when the hardware won’t release the physical media until the software tells it to. I want a physical eject button that I can use to remove media from a device even when it has no power to it. The system should be designed to be able to handle an eject at any time (or if there is a physical data loss issue, as soon as possible, without going through software) gracefully, and to automatically detect it when I eject it.

I also dislike the recent wheel of offerings that gets bigger and smaller.

I also prefer the multiple mouse buttons assumed to exist by Linux and some other OS’s.

rooeytoo's avatar

I don’t really care what anyone else uses, I love my Mac! And truly I don’t try to convert anyone to Macs because if everyone starts using them, then the nut cases will start making virus for them too and I will have to start buying virus protection and worry when I visit porn sites (just kidding about visiting porn sites, hehehe, I am an old lady!)

DominicX's avatar

Another thing I don’t like about Mac is that many Mac versions of programs intended for Windows are lazier versions with less features that aren’t updated as often. I hate it. I know that’s not Apple’s fault specifically, but it annoys me how my Mac version of Microsoft Word has far less features than the Windows version.

rooeytoo's avatar

Actually I have just found one thing I don’t like about Apple, I updated to Safari 5.0 and it absolutely will not run on my MacBook. Everytime I try to open it, it crashes immediately. I understand others are having the problem as well. Guess I will just use my external hd and time machine to go back to the older version and wait until 5.1 or the next update then give it a try again.

jerv's avatar

@rooeytoo Every time I’ve tried Safari 3.x or 4.x, I had the same issue; it crashed before fully starting. Just for shits and giggles, I tried 5.0 a few minutes ago and, for the first time ever, I managed to get the PC port of Safari to load and run…. slowly and clunkilly compared to Firefox or Chrome and then it crashed after five minutes.
Much like any other piece of technology (hardware or software), you can’t trust any version with a version number ending in 0. That holds true for Safari, Firefox, iPhones, and nearly anything else I can think of. I also had issues with Firefox 3.0, and 3.6.0

DeanV's avatar

@jerv Using Safari on Windows is so terrible all around. I never thought I could find much worse than Office on Mac, and then I tried Safari on Windows.

jerv's avatar

@dverhey There is a reason I use Firefox. And from what little use I got, Safari has all of the same issues that I dislike Chrome for (not surprising since they are both Webkit) that I won’t switch from Firefox any time soon, even if it is a little slow and bloated.

DominicX's avatar


Same. I’m sticking to Firefox as well. Don’t care much for Safari and Chrome, despite the hype for the latter.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

I don’t like that being a Mac user, is not very cost effective. In college, my dad help split the cost for my macbook pro. I hated spending so much money on a computer, but I hated using windows more. My laptop is now quite old (in tech. terms) & not able to keep up with my (or Apple’s) demands. I am looking for a replacement, but Apple’s prices are just too high (considering the pc equivalents) for cheap little ol’ me. With OS updates & horsepower requirements set by Apple, they force you to decide between, forking over the cash to keep up, or keep what you got & get left behind. I have a 2g ipod touch & with the new ios4 update, I am now getting further behind with all the updates & abilities, unless I buy a newer model. Apple gets you hooked on their products & then keep you coming back to spend your money. Apple is basically a silicon valley heroin dealer.

jerv's avatar

@rpmpseudonym By that logic, PCs are akin to meth; cheaper, and you can make your own if you don’t mind risking blowing shit up :D

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

@jerv, When you say it like that, it sounds so poetic.

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