John Gruber on Daring Fireball:
A DF reader — also a professional photographer — wrote to me about this bug last week. He (the DF reader) was using a $6,000 new 16-inch MacBook Pro. I say _was_, past tense, because after a few days he returned it because this brightness issue was no small thing for him, because he sets his display brightness _precisely_ using a display calibrator. Doing this several times per day every day quickly drove him mad.
Is this the worst bug in the world? Not even close. It’s a paper-cut bug. No data loss, no crash, not something sort of thing where something doesn’t even work — just an annoyance. But no one wants to use a tool that gives you half dozen paper cuts every day. And MacOS 10.15 is chockablock with paper-cut bugs. And it’s not like the LG 5K Display is some obscure unsupported display — it’s the one and only external 5K display sold by Apple itself.
I finally made up my mind today to update to Catalina. I have since backtracked and will continue waiting for them to fix all the bugs, so maybe I’ll reconsider an upgrade in another 3 months or so.
This round-up by Michael J. Tsai shows what a cluster fuck Catalina was and continues to be. I was going to update over Christmas but I’m probably going to hold out until March or longer — at this point in time there is zero benefit for me to upgrade and a lot of incentive not to (I still run a few 32-bit apps with no replacements). I’m also terrified of the new Music app replacing iTunes.
[…] nonetheless, this is the first-run experience I was greeted to this afternoon after upgrading to Catalina.
What the hell were they thinking‽
Screenshot: Tyler Hall
Jason Snell, on Six Colours:
Catalina takes the Mac in a new direction. I’m encouraged by the fact that Apple is cranking up its focus on security and privacy without locking Mac users out from running the software they want, when they want to. I’m of the belief that the introduction of Catalyst will result in the influx of some really good software from thousands of iOS developers who have been using the Mac all this time without the wherewithal to develop software for it.
I’m curious to see how the current crop of iOS/iPadOS-only apps will compete with traditional Mac apps once the former are Catalysed.