I woke up at 0345 the other morning for two reasons. One secondary reason was nature calling. The primary reason was light coming from my office when no light should be on. I staggered into the room and found that my computer had been woken up and Apple had sent an OS update and then restarted the system, without my permission, while the Wi-fi was supposed to be off and the computer not on the internet. I was seriously p-ssed off. Seriously. Apple just finalized my decision that my next computer will NOT be one of its products. I am a very unhappy consumer who is not going to consume again unless there is a massive philosophical change in Cupertino.
It started with the OS before Yosemite. More and more “cute” features and things I don’t need or want got piled in, some of which were a real nuisance. Apple was starting to rival Microsoft in that regard. Since Word 2011 it has been downhill, IMHO, because of bloatware, things that don’t make sense and that confuse more than ease, and too much clutter. On the Apple side, for example, iTunes got “improved” and made certain features no longer easy to use (want to delete a song? You suddenly couldn’t just delete it. You now have to go to the drop-down menus and hunt around for what you want. Not an improvement. And what had been deleted isn’t always gone if you side-load stuff. Grr.)
Trying to force me into the next OS? O heck no. I have no idea how badly it will bollix things, how much memory it will hog, what “useful tools” it will inflict. “Hi! I’m sending everything to the cloud unless you tell me not to every time you save something! Are you certain you don’t want it in the cloud? Really certain? Are you sure you’re sure?” And the part about “You have to have accounts here, here, and here even though you don’t use the program. Why don’t you use this feature? It’s a lovely feature?” I loathed that sort of thing when Word still had Clippy. If I want Clippy back, I’ll download Clippy. I don’t want my OS acting like Clippy.
And along comes the middle-of-the-night wake up. This isn’t the first time, but I’m really, really unhappy about my computer connecting itself to the ‘Net without my being there and doing it myself. Who else can piggy-back on Apple? Who else WILL piggy-back? No.
Once upon a time I’d seriously considered getting a desk-top Mac for when this one dies. Nope. I’m getting something non-Mac and non-Windows, learning Linux, getting freeware for those things I need, and Apple can go jump in a lake. Yes, it will seriously muck with the iLeash. Yes, I might lose my music that is in iTunes. At this moment, I’m willing to take the hit. I’ve had Macs since the Apple IIe and the original Macintosh. Mom Red loves her iPhone and iPad. She loves their tech support, and they have been very helpful to her. But I’m done, unless something changes and those of us who want a slim, un-bloated OS and far fewer “helpful” features are given that option. And Apple no longer wakes up the laptop and me at 0330 to load an OS update.