Since you're up late, too, I'll ask you about iOS7. It's really poor. As my son says, "It looks like a seven year old designed it."
I've read that it's supposed to be imitating Androids or something- OS's that are of the PC ilk.
That's a big mistake- Apple software has always been so much better than "the dark side's"
Is Apple slipping with the passing of Steve Jobs?
Hi Holly! :-)Actually... I really, really like iOS 7. Yes, the cosmetics take some getting used to in the beginning but I've been using test releases since June and I have to say, every time I see an iPhone or iPad running iOS 6 I'm surprised at how "old" and "quaint" it looks to me now. In fact, I try to avoid even running third party apps that haven't been updated to support iOS 7. I could never go back to 6.Personally, I've felt for some time that iOS needed a big change. It had stagnated for far too long. iOS 7 is *not* exactly what I had in mind at all but I think it *is* a move in the right direction. Nothing is perfect in the beginning and I think it will improve as updates arrive. Were you around for OS X 10.0? If so, think about how much it has been refined over the years into 10.9.As far as looking like Android - I really don't think it does. The only thing they sort of have in common is that "flat" style but this is just a current trend in design in general. I don't like that aspect of it much BUT I'm so thankful that the oddball graphics in older versions of Contacts (looking like a book), Calendar, etc... are gone (on both iOS and Mavericks actually). All the faux wood, leather, etc...gone. I always thought those styles were kind of childish really but obviously Steve Jobs liked them.So, I think iOS 7 is still much, much better than the dark side. ;-) Just give it time and actually use it... and watch what the developers do with it over the next few months.Also, I really don't think Apple is slipping at all. I'm happy with iOS 7... VERY, VERY happy with OS X Mavericks. Like I said earlier, I think it's the best release of OS X since Snow Leopard. All the iWork and iLife apps have been redesigned and are being given away as free upgrades and free with new hardware for the Apple faithful users. The new hardware looks good (I want that iPad Air and new Mac Pro!). There will never be another Steve Jobs but Apple is FULL of great minds like XXXXX XXXXX, Jonathan Ive, Craig Federighi, etc... What I think has changed is that the media is simply looking for failure from Apple now that's he's gone. People forget that Apple had duds under Jobs, too, (like the over-priced G4 Cube that I loved but sold in dismal numbers) and that it was often years between the really ground-breaking products (iPod in 2001, iPhone not until 2007, etc...).So... no worries.John
Thank you for taking the time to give that lengthy answer. I feel better about Apple now.
Here's my next question. Please send smiley faces w answer- I have unlimited subscription. I don't know if that shows to you folks when we ask questions.
I noticed you said iWork upgrades are being given free. I bought iWorks (I think that's what Pages, Keynote, Numbers are called) when I got this laptop. When I went to the App Store for Mavericks, I thought I noticed that iWorks was $30? Is there a way I can get the upgrades for free?
I'm sorry, John,... I didn't get back to you. Got so busy w my students and classroom.
OK-- on my App store screen, it says all the iWork apps are installed- and the App store shows them w the new icons.
However, in my dock, the only new icon is the Pages one- w the pen and paper. The other two icons stayed the same. I opened Keynote to see if that was what was needed, but the icon remained the brown, wood podium.
I know it's picky, but do you know how I can get Keynote and Numbers showing their new-look icons?
I do already like the newer versions instead of iWork09- in Pages, for example, I can make an outline the way I always learned to do it. In old Pages, the app decided for me.
Soooo, once I am sure the new versions of iWorks are really in my laptop, yes, I'd like to delete iWorks 09. All I do is drag it from Applications folder to the trash???
Thanks so mcuh,