I’m sure I’m not the first to say this…
but almost all of the new stuff in Leopard seems kinda, I dunno…pointless?
A reflective, 3D Dock? Graphics-ridden HTML mail? Funhouse effects for conversations in iChat AV? How on earth will any of these make my life easier, streamline my workflow, improve my experience? The jury’s out until I’ve actually had a chance to feel my way around, but I have a bad, bad feeling about this.
Adding insult to injury is that these new features are showcased on an equally new apple.com, the information architecture of which is a mess. Case in point: each of the above facets of the Leopard experience appears in a tour presented in stateless AJAX, so there’s no way I could link directly to them even if I wanted to. Or check the rather unbalanced slider here, which wants (and fails) to unite accessories, Macs, applications and servers under one heading.
While you’re there, see if you can’t figure out for me just what else is going on on the page. I think it’s admirable that Apple wants to maintain a simple, reasonably intuitive URL structure (“/mac,” “/itunes,” and so on), but it’s only been able to do so at the expense of stuffing each one of those accessibly-named pages to the bursting point. These pages are just plain busy: way too much for the eye to take in, for the mind to comprehend.
The result? Like I say: a mess. I sure hope this is just a transitional moment.
(The optimist’s interpretation is, of course, that Apple’s been so busy cramming the iPhone full of ultra-hyper-peta awesomeness that other projects have taken a back seat. Uh huh.)