When it comes to Apple products, there tends to be this goal from other manufacturers, and from a lot of people writing about those companies, to find the perfect product to beat whatever it is that Apple has created. There have been so many “iPhone killers” out there that it’s hard to keep track. And the personal computer space always seems to find some company that’s trying to “out Mac the Mac.”
All of that is deserved, as far as I’m concerned. There are a ton of great products out there, from computers to smartphones to smartwatches, but when Apple takes its time and creates something that fits into a category, their products tend to shine for a variety of reasons. No, Apple isn’t typically the first to any specific market segment, but when they finally get around to doing it, it’s generally worth the wait.
Which leads the other companies out there forced to catch up, and forced to make statements like HP recently, where the company’s PC chief said that their next computer would be “better than a MacBook.” That computer turned out to be the HP Spectre 13 and while it’s great in the specs department, especially considering its size, and HP should be proud of themselves for what they made, I still prefer the MacBook.
And that’s because it’s the total package we’re talking about here. Even with early hands-on with the Spectre 13, I was seeing people say that the touchpad isn’t that great, and that the keyboard could see some improvements, too. And then there’s the whole “running Windows 10” thing. Microsoft did some great stuff with their desktop platform, and Cortana is great (please bring Siri to the Mac, Apple), and in the times I’ve used it it’s been good enough.
But I still prefer OS X. And I have yet to find a Windows PC that comes close to the keyboard and touchpad experience I have on my MacBook Air. This same mentality can be found in why I use an iPhone over any competitor’s product. Or kept the Apple Watch for as long as I did, versus another smartwatch. I’ve had better experiences, both hardware and software, from Apple.
With all of that being said, that experience is really taking a critical hit when it comes to the release of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, which Apple officially released at the tail-end of March. Ever since I installed the new software, about every other day my computer completely freezes on me. No feedback from the mouse, or from trying to Force Quit programs. Nothing. I’m tasked with doing a Force Restart, and then keep my fingers crossed that it doesn’t happen again.
And even when that’s not making my life hard, Safari has completely gone downhill, too. The browser will become unresponsive, and more often than not it will stop responding, too — forcing another Force Quit scenario, restarting, and hoping for the best.
It’s been like this ever since Apple released OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, and now I’ve heard from others that it’s an issue, too. So I’m curious: Have you been experiencing the same issues with your updated version of OS X? And if so, which machine are you running?
Luckily I’m not as impulsive as I used to be, because as bad as the situation is right now with OS X El Capitan, I’d be considering making a leap over to Windows 10 at this point. Of course, it helps that Apple has already released the next beta version for their desktop OS, with 10.11.5 apparently right around the corner, so hopefully a fix is incoming for this particular issue.