The Apple Goes Mushy

Chapter 4: The Longer and GUI-er Decline of iOS

9.13.2016
Rotting iOS End-Call Button

The layperson’s version of Occam’s Razor, a famous maxim, observes that the simplest explanation tends to be the correct one. Another maxim, dubiously attributed to Albert Einstein and saddled with the name “Einstein’s Razor,” goes: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

Today, I coin Apple’s Razor: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, and then even simpler. And then even simpler. And then even simpler.” (Et cetera, ad infinitum et ultra.) Concluding The Apple Goes Mushy, this article will argue three final ways in which Apple has blighted the once-thoughtful, once-human user interface of its linchpin mobile operating system, iOS.

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The Apple Goes Mushy

Chapter 3: The Long and GUI Decline of iOS

8.23.2016
Rotting Apple On The iOS Keyboard

Apple’s OS X (or macOS), which went to the podium in the first two installments of this series, has suffered an interface design decline. But it does not stand alone. Its nine-year-old sibling, iOS, which graces the screens of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, has also mutated from an eminently artful, easy-to-use, and thoughtfully designed operating system into a white slab of low-effort, non-navigable tedium.

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The Apple Goes Mushy

Chapter 2: The Longer and GUI-er Decline of OS X

7.28.2016
Fresh Happy Mac Becomes Rotting Sad Mac

In “The Apple Goes Mushy, Chapter 1,” I enumerated six design traits that make computers marvelous to use. I claimed Apple had abandoned all six. Then I covered the first three in detail. Now, please join me as I chronicle the final three ways in which Apple has crippled the graphical user interface of OS X.

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The Apple Goes Mushy

Chapter 1: The Long and GUI Decline of OS X

7.20.2016
Rotting Finder Face

Wander into almost any online forum or article comment section about a controversial announcement from Apple Inc. and you will almost certainly hear a variation of this sentence: “Apple has gone downhill since Steve Jobs died.” The sentence slithers around vaguely; it never seems to specify how, or in what ways, Apple has gone downhill. I agree, nonetheless, that it has. Whether or not Steve Jobs’s absence caused the decline (though I suspect it did), I grow frustrated as I watch each software update further erode one pillar of Apple’s formerly astronomical greatness.

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