When your Mac looks like Windows Vista, something isn't right
What you need to know
- macOS 10.15 Catalina is here.
- But some first-run experiences aren't as great as they should be.
- One user's Mac looked more like a Windows Vista PC.
Apple released macOS 10.15 Catalina to the public yesterday. Despite the smart move being to hold off updating for a day or two, many of us jumped on the new update. Developer Tyler Hall was no different. But when they returned to their Mac they faced something chilling. Something nobody should ever have to see.
Their desktop looked like something out of a Windows Vista-shaped nightmare.
Overly dramatic intro aside, you can check the screenshot out and make up your own mind. But we'd suggest that this isn't something anyone should be faced with after performing a macOS update.
As Tyler mentions in a blog post, this all came about after Catalina continued to throw dialog boxes at them after updating from macOS 10.14 Mojave.
As Tyler says, it's possible that the sheer number of messages here is down to the specific apps they have installed, but the messages are system-generated. Could they not be handled better?
You’re likely correct. Mine is probably a more extreme example given the dev and tech heavy apps I run.You’re likely correct. Mine is probably a more extreme example given the dev and tech heavy apps I run.— Tyler Hall 💉x3 (@tylerhall) October 7, 2019October 7, 2019
Presumably once all of these messages and dialogs were dismissed things went back to the usual, clean, functional macOS we and Tyler have come to expect. But Apple absolutely needs to do better in a number of regards here, not least making sure that the first-run experience of a new version of macOS doesn't look like this. No matter which apps are installed on the system at the time.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
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The messages are good, but if you're already using these permissions before you upgraded, they shouldn't notify you as soon as you upgrade to Catalina, especially when it's going to load every app you had open previously. It makes sense for new apps, but not existing ones. Or they could've had a single window that just said "Now that you've upgraded to Catalina, would you like to review your app permissions?"
The messages are good, and user feedback is going to be Vista'ish (though not as bad, cause Apple and these are permanent permissions dialogs, not UAC), as macOS has largely functioned like XP up until Mojave or so. Vista had same issues with apps assuming 9x or admin privileges triggering UAC all the time.