Link: Apple has lost the functional high ground

Wonderful piece by Marco Arment saying a lot of things i've been feeling for the past 18 months.

When I bought my first Mac almost 10 years ago it was like a magical revelation. None of the issues I'd experienced for so long with Windows. No late night drive restores. No blue screens of death. 

Things kept rolling for the most part for the next 8 or 9 years. The introduction of iOS only made the Mac feel even more powerful. The seamless sync and the way everything worked together was a far cry from the days of trying for hours (usually unsuccessfully) to get contacts and calendars from my Mac onto my old Palm or Blackberry.

Somewhere around the release of iOS 7 in September of 2013 cracks started appearing. Not just in Apple's mobile OS, but on the desktop side as well. Things felt rushed. New features were shipped seemingly for the sake of having new features, regardless of whether they deserved to be past the beta stage or not. A now yearly cycle of OS releases was obviously too much for Apple's engineering team to handle. In the same amount of time it might take to get some of these bugs fully taken care of Apple was already releasing an entirely new operating system.

Mac OSX is still the best desktop OS in existence, but pretending everything "just works" is naive and foolish. I'll still recommend Apple to anyone looking to switch, although I'm far from the evangelist I was even 2 years ago. It's going to take a lot to get me back in the "fanboy" camp. I sincerely hope they're up to it.