Goodbye El Capitan, Hello Mavericks


macrumors 6502
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Dec 3, 2009
I use a mid 2014 rMBP (2.8/16Gb/1Tb) all day long for work.

Finally I had enough of El Cap and its crummy performance, stupid gimmicks and dumb design decisions. Backed everything up one last time, wiped the drive and installed Mavericks 10.9.5 What a relief to have the super snappy computer back.

Of all the software I use, only Microsoft Office 2016 will not run on 10.9. (Oh the irony). Microsoft you can go and sit on the naughty step with those other idiots VMWare and Parallels - forced upgrades with no benefits are no longer acceptable.

Don't get me wrong it isn't perfect, but if El Cap was 10.9 and Mavericks was 10.11 I think Apple's reputation on OS X would be a lot better than it is. Look up the El Cap User ratings in the App Store - shocking.

If El Cap works for you, then that's great, I'm really happy for you. No, I didn't install El Cap "Wrong" and yes, I did know how to configure it properly. Apple took a decent OS like Mavericks, polished it up a bit, crippled it and delivered no benefits of note at all. (Like they did with iOS, but that's another story).
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macrumors 6502
Jun 1, 2015
El Capitan works quite well for me but then there is the odd time the frame rate of the entire OS drops and this is really annoying. It's also annoying that they've disabled UI scaling and changed certain UI effects with no way to turn them on or off. There aren't even hacks for the desperate
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macrumors G3
Been there don't that, same simply got tired of Apple wasting my time with El Capitan, just an underdeveloped OS, broken at the release with Apple behind the ball all the way so far. Reverted back to 10.10.5, if all my systems were compatible I would likely do the same, reverting to Mavericks, although 10.10.5 works for me it`s flattened UI and reduced readability still annoys.

Apple has absolutely zero excuses for their own software, not functioning as expected on Apple`s own tightly controlled hardware, by comparison I have had zero issue with windows 10 which speaks volumes for Apple QC. Completely agree Apples recent OS releases brings nothing to the table for productivity, significantly reduces readability. Apple needs to take the crayons off the children and get some decent UI designers in.

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