MacBook, how do I hate thee?
Let me count the ways!
* see How I learned to stop worrying and love the 'book for information on how to address some of these issues
Issues (examples, list certainly non-exhaustive)
- Dialogs where Cmd-V doesn't work, but Paste in the context menu does.
- Error message dialogs where you can't select and copy the actual text to google it or put it in a report.
- Error message dialogs that cover the information you need and can't be moved.
- (nearly) no focus follows mouse.
- No equivalent of "Alt-left click to move window, alt-middle click to resize it."
- Can't reassign mouse-buttons (BetterTouchTool is 3rd party? And can't change button2?).
- Selecting desktop using Alt-<digit> was broken for almost a year and resulted in desktop freezing (possibly still broken, using HyperSpaces now — welcome to the world of Apple, where everything costs money)
- Machine allegedly "the choice of artists," yet you cannot even choose color of window decorations (for neutrality when working with graphics).
- Not as discoverable as they'll have you believe: e.g.
- Cmd-Shift-G in file-selector
- split tunneling
- German keyboard isn't
This is NOT a matter of taste; there is a DIN for it; Apple is wrong. I'm using the US keyboard anyway, but Apple, don't market a German keyboard option if you don't actually have one.
And no, Ukelele doesn't help with this, because unlike in X, you can't properly assign modifier keys. This is only broken in Aqua; XQuartz, VirtualBox etc. can tell left and right modifier keys apart just fine.)
- no AltGr; you can have Alt in apps like terminals, OR AltGr like behaviour.
- Alt and Cmd ("Super") swapped, so pressing what should be AltGr+Q = @ gives Cmd-Q = Quit.
- Ctrl and Fn also swapped
- Also: no PgUp PgDn Delete Insert etc.
- While even most left handed people use the mouse on the right, Apple puts mouse ports on the left. ;)
- Glossy display on a laptop (on a desktop which might be in an environment where you control the light, fine, but laptop suggests you're on the road. on the road, you don't control the light, and consequently, glossy displays turn into makeup mirrors.).
- Broken-by-design power cable -- thin enough to break often, maglock so weak that the cats can unplug it. These cables are so bad that Apple lost a class action suit about them in the US.