Just a normal Tuesday using the OS made by the same company that brought you the truly amazing technical wizardry behind Deep Fusion and AirPods Pro…

All of the issues below are from up-to-date systems running Catalina and iOS 13 that I discovered before 11am on a normal Tuesday morning.

First, the Mac App Store.

Remember. This is the storefront Apple expects developers to base our livelihoods on and hand over 30% to use.

Let’s check in on Photos.

“10,376 Photos, 942 Videos” vs “10,773 Photos, 1,135 Videos”. No idea which one is correct. Both devices have been powered on and online for days – including overnight.

Take a photo on iOS and watch it sync to other iOS devices near-instantly. Never appears on Catalina.

Now, Music.app.

Since upgrading to Catalina, I simply cannot sign in on this Mac. Restart the machine. Sign out / in of iCloud in System Preferences. Restart again. Repeat. Nothing. Just silent failures.

I know my password is correct because if I purposely enter I bad one I get this.

But exactly how fucked is Music.app overall you ask? It’s this fucked…

And also perpetually-spinning-progress-indicator fucked…

It’s also they-even-broke-the-sign-up-page fucked….

As well as can’t-display-the-price fucked…

Now, I know what you may be saying. Surely this is just the result of a bad HTTP request when Music.app fetched the template data, right? Sure. Probably. But it persists across reboots.

So, while Music.app is walking around with its pants down in this seemingly-permanent fucked state, is it displaying any real data at all? You betcha!

First off, “###!###” is not the title of a playlist I’ve ever created. Secondly, those aren’t any albums I’ve ever listened to. So, 🤷‍♀️

And just to round out this totally normal Catalina Tuesday morning, here’s a final surprise that actually doesn’t relate to Apple’s inability to operate a web service.

It’s just a text editor that’s been installed on my Mac since Mojave and has been working fine since upgrading to Catalina a month ago. But this morning? Nope. Just not gonna run. I should probably contact my Administrator like macOS suggests.

iCloud and services failings like this happen to myself and tons of other folks I know All. The. Time. I’ve seen wonky behavior like this for years on macOS. How can this stuff not be solid? Services revenue is literally the company’s new financial focus.

Egregious Google Search Advertisements

The other day I heard about Microsoft Flow and wanted to learn more and see how it compared to my beloved Zapier. So, I did what any normal internet-based life form would do and googled it…

In case that screenshot doesn’t make clear, that’s roughly two entire iPhone screens worth of advertisements before I got to a single organic search result.

Look. No one does search better than Google. While I’d happily pay a monthly fee to search advertisement and tracking free, I’m more than willing to suffer relevant ads in exchange for finding what I’m looking for.

But does this level of ad nauseam (hehe, get it?) really do anyone any good besides Google? As a user it’s completely off-putting and erodes my trust in Google’s search “neutrality” even if the ads are (becoming less and less clearly) labeled as such. And as an advertiser? Do I really want to pay for my ad to be crammed right up against five other competitors?

Growth Hackers

This from Pauli Olavi Ojala basically sums up my feelings

The new push for services revenue feels totally off-brand for Apple. Or at least the old Apple. Maybe we’ve entered a new era for the company where growth-at-all-costs is the chief motivator for how they’re going to treat customers going forward.

There’s no way I can better sum up this attitude and the problems it creates for customers than this summary post by Michael Tsai.

In other words, the app is designed to optimize for Apple’s needs rather than the customer’s. I prefer the old strategy where Apple makes its money from hardware, so it’s free to design the software to do the right thing. “Only Apple could do” didn’t only apply to the technical aspects, but also to what it could do because of its business model.

Apple Push Spam

That’s not the best screenshot. The push notification banner kinda blends in with the light background, but OH MY DEAR FUCKING GOD APPLE FUCK THE FUCK OFF.

The entire internet is damn well aware that today, November The First In The Year Of Our Lord Two-Thousand And Nineteen, you have bestowed upon us mere mortals your “vision for TV”.

It is your entire damn homepage.

It’s advertised every five tweets.

It’s all over “regular” TV. I must have seen commercials about it during every game of the recent MLB playoffs.

It’s also practically lighting up and blinking like a shitty 2000’s-era HTML <marquee> tag on Apple TV (the hardware device, not the watered-down, also-ran HBO according to Variety.)

So, yes. WE KNOW.

So please stop breaking your own fucking App Store guidelines and cut this shit with the spam push notifications.