I have recently started a new job and for the first time in my life I now have a MacBook. So far I cannot say that I am particularly whelmed by the machine.
- The Thunderbolt implementation is crap.
- MacOS frequently crashes after plugging into my dock which I’ve never had issues with before.
- I had to use a strange workaround to get multi-monitor support over a single port because macOS doesn’t implement DisplayPort MST.
- Sometimes one monitor still isn’t recognised properly which means I have to re-plug which increases the chances of a crash.
- Never allows me to login after cold boot using an external monitor.
- Other peripherals break. (These could also be due to the Thunderbolt being
- 50% of the time I cannot wake my computer with my mouse, meaning I have to open the lid just to wake it up and then close it again.
- My keyboard will sometimes become super laggy which I can fix by unplugging it and then plugging it back in.
- My Canon camera often isn’t recognised over USB. This makes the beginning of Zoom calls very fraught. (Could be a Canon issue but my other experiences don’t make me feel generous about giving Apple the benefit of the doubt.)
- The desktop experience is archaic.
- No native ability to snap windows to sides of screens.
- Native task switching behaviour (cmd+tab) switches apps and not windows.
- Window previews through the dock require a “Force Click” which I cannot do with my ergonomic mouse.
- I have to mount a disk to install software? And then I have to unmount it myself when I am done?
- Home and End keys are usually (but not always) pointless.
- I can’t tell if I am using ethernet except by going into system preferences.
That’s not to say it is all bad. I like the touchpad. I like having a Unix based OS for the kind of work I do. I like how the pointer gets big when I wiggle it. Of course some of my complaints are also a little subjective. However, that doesn’t mean the switch hasn’t been an incredibly frustrating experience.
I’m not sure the complaints list for my last Windows laptop would be much smaller though…