I haven’t used Windows for ten years, since I was contractually
obliged to at work. Perhaps all these features are there too. But
they were not discoverable by Fabio, an intelligent person who
uses a computer to do a job which is not a fancier version of
“using a computer”.
I’ve been a Mac user since the IIsi. I know those features above
inside-out, know which have been there since Classic days, which
have just arrived, and yes, which can be flaky on occasion. But to
see it through a new Mac user’s eyes is to see a vast enormity of
mistakes not made. It is to perceive a clarity of intention
through design, maintained over decades of updates.
I loved this piece. I see a lot of complaints about the state of the Mac from long-time Mac users. I think of a lot of complaints about the state of the Mac myself. But it’s a good reminder that compared to everything else, the Mac remains an oasis of cohesive and consistent elegant design. Just getting the basics right goes a long way.