iMore show 398: Naked buttons

Apologies for the delay on this episode folks. As you'll hear during the show, I dropped my Retina MacBook Pro and it's still in with Apple for repairs. Sadly, the feed generation software we use doesn't sync, and it's really painful setting it up on another machine (yeah, I have backups, but I don't have the machine back to restore those backups onto yet. Ugh.) I did manage to manually hack together the RSS for the audio, so YouTube and MP3 are currently available, and I'll work on MP4 next. Hopefully I'll get my rMBP back soon and next week will be nice and normal... Now, on with the show!

Rene and Peter talk about dropping MacBooks, updating the OS X 10.10 Syrah interface, what they'd like to see in a new Mac Mini, iOS 8 getting Shazam-powers, 3D on phones, Passbook, and more!

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Michael Antkowiak says:

It's interesting how Peter describes his method of finding and launching an app. I don't remember the time-stamp but he said something to the affect that he uses spotlight to find an app and launch it. I think it was specifically referring to iOS but i'd assume he does similar on the Mac? Anyway. It goes back to the discussion about new users vs. old users and methodology and use cases.

I am exactly the type of "new" user Peter was talking about. My first Apple use experience was with iTunes for windows circa 2004. Then my first iPhone in 2008, then my first Mac in 2012. And Lion (then Mountain Lion) was exactly what a user like me needed. I wanted an interface just like iOS but more powerful. L and ML were just that. Very similar UI but geared for a desktop experience. I thought it was a brilliant move on Apple's part to do this. Not to mention the graphics and UI of all 1st party apps are virtually the same between iOS 6 and L/ML.

For me, the method for launching an app in OS X is Launchpad. My friend (a more seasoned Mac user) uses Finder -> Applications folder. Sounds like Peter uses Spotlight. 6 of one really but personally i think my method is by far the fastest way to launch an app. Granted, I only have 2 screens of Apps on my Mac (and my iPhone too...i don't allow myself to go any further than 2 screens).

Maybe i'm just the type of user that keeps things highly organized (alphabetically by app name, and only 2 screens) but I feel if you have to use a search tool to find an app, you probably need to do some spring cleaning. :P However a guy like Peter probably is a fringe case.

I can't think of a single instance that i've used spotlight in the last 6 months. And every time i have used it (very seldomly) it's never really found what i'm looking for.

As for Finder, I have almost all the shortcuts turned off except for Airdrop, Doc's, Music, Movies and Photos. I don't even have my HDD showing up...anywhere. And my doc is set to only show apps that I most frequently use. If i need to find an app that I don't use daily, it's in Launch pad and a gesture or two away. I think iOS has taught me I don't need any of the "power user" stuff, and I really like it that way!