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oh my god... macOS Big Sur is SO UGLY!
i saw some screenshots of it but i intentionally waited until the public beta got released so that i could judge it, and just... holy crap.
i don't have a Mac capable of running it, so i watched Computer Clan's video on it, and macOS is basically just Windows now.
the older items that are there like the force quit menu has a different color than the title bar of the window, so it looks weird. system preferences is a mashup of square and not square icons, the window borders on some items are huge, the messages and facetime icons look really really strange...
i could go on. i actually dislike that interface so much i'm not even gonna bother with it. i was originally gonna buy a newer Mac to be able to update to it but i won't bother unless Apple fixes all the inconsistency.
this really feels like a step backwards for apple and i sincerely hope they fix the design, otherwise i'm gonna have to think for a while if i'm gonna stick with macOS for laptop use. a pretty interface is almost as important to me as general stability, and imo this interface is more ugly than Windows 10 is which says a lot.
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@Mateyyyi hate the icons, not to mention that i use some pretty old school applications that likely won't get logo updates like audacity, so i'll have out of place icons all over the place, and on top of that i jsut think it looks waaaay too flat, i can't easily distinct between things. now yes i haven't actually used it, just looked at youtube videos but even then i was having a hard time figuring out where exactly the options etc all are.
There are still a lot of disjointed design decisions when it comes to app icons, but that probably isn't going to go away because Apple says that's a conscious design decision. Areas that have been really bad, like the macOS Battery icon in the settings app have been fixed but there are still a lot of areas in the OS that need design attention. That's what the Beta is for.
That being said, I would agree that the Interface is taking a step backwards in terms of design. Too many UI elements are being made way too big for no reason.
As far as going with a Windows laptop instead because of Big Sur, I think that might be a bit of an overreaction. People were hella freaked by the transition from iOS 6 to iOS 7 but people got over it and by iOS 9 nobody even had a second that about the old Skeuomorphic design.
@DrMacintosh the problem is that i have bad eyesight, and 1280x800 on 13" is the sweet spot for me really. so, even when i had that retina 2017 model i ran it at that scaled res. from what i've seen, the UI elements that are way too large are gonna be a massive issue for me. catalina's UI on that resolution is already feeling cramped, i can't imagine what Big Sur will be like to use at that resolution.
also about overreacting, i don't think that's the case as it's really gonna be a problem for me. i'm gonna bave to try it out in a store at some point before i commit to buying a newer Mac just because i'm not sure if it's gonna be usable for me since i always scale laptop displays up.
and to be honest, Windows's UI is growing on me. they are finally unifying a lot of things, and some of that is already accessible if you run insider builds which i've played around with. it's finally starting to look consistent, which is the thing i've always loved about apple's UI, and now they are ruining it. as i already said i use some pretty old school programs because i'm a boomer (jk) and that's what i've always used for some things, and those programs will likely not get logo updates to make the icons square, which would already make me want to hate the interface due to my dock not becoming consistent.
i've played around with square icons on linux, and they look great as long as all the icons are square. so....