Hey, I’ve been quite disappointed by Apple lately.
First things first, my great MacBook Pro is slower and slower over time so I just thought: “Hey, the next MacOS is about to be released, let’s save the whole thing on a external hard drive and install it from scratch”. As you’ve seen in a previous post, I’ve canceled my order of Leopard. Hopefully I would say since the discussions forum at Apple is full of people complaining about this and that. I’ve used to that kind of crap (well, let’s be fair, some of them are real issues, I am sure of that but the rest is just some random newbie noise). What’s not so cool however, are reports from Java professionals complaining about the support of Java in Leopard. Leopard is not shipping with Java6, fine and I actually don’t care if they are working on it. The real issue here is a set of regressions with the Java5 shipped with the new OS (IDEA crashing anyone?)
When I switched to Mac, I thought to myself “The OS is cool, the hardware is very nice and it just works”. It was actually the case when I bought it eventhough I had some user experience switching from Windows/Linux to MacOS. Now, I’m being suspicious a little bit (well back at a normal level). So I look a bit deeper.
Internet connection problem? Really? Let’s try the Ethernet interface instead of using Wi-Fi. Mmmm, it now works much better.
Mac slow? Let’s see the figures. Waouh, iTunes is using 800Mo of memory?! It even goes to 1Gig on some installations.
So yes, I am very disappointed. I thought that giving more money to a company that designs the hardware and the software will give me something that just works. At the end, I still have to check what’s going on, which is not so bad after all.
Update: my friend Greg gave me an interesting link that states that the support of Jave5 in Leopard is good. Always the same story, you have to check by yourself. If IDEA or Java is not working well on Leopard, I’ll just be stuck so I think I’ll wait a while before upgrading