I feel like one of Apple's most creative parts is gone...

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by 0000757, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    The intro videos.

    I don't know, I guess for me they were just special. I remember I would get so excited every time we got a new Mac or an upgrade or a friend got one and we'd turn it on for the first time and we were greeted by a beautiful animation inviting the user to the machine with a great streamlined setup interface (that matched the introduction video). It really added an extra bit of "magic" to turning on your apple device for the first time.

    I remember when they extended it to the Apple TV and we got this absolutely amazing video only to be followed by this equally beautiful one when it got an update. I remember when my friend bought the first Apple TV and I was with him when we turned it on and it was literally a moment of magic. It was a special flair that made the device seem more personal. Hell, they did it with Safari at one point (albeit a very brief introduction) but it was just the "Apple" thing to do.

    I remember when I finally got my first Mac it shipped with Lion, and there was no video. I was actually confused at first. I rebooted to make sure my computer wasn't messed up, and later on did I find out Apple had dropped the whole welcome video entirely and it broke my heart a little, knowing I'd never experience that joy on my own device.

    They kinda do it with iOS 7/8, but deep down I'm hoping when Yosemite launches, we see something amazing. Heck, just play the design video from WWDC on first boot that would be sufficient.

    I just really think that the welcome/intro video was part of the Apple magic and it's something that was lost and should have never gone away. Here's hoping the 10.10 release sees something special...

    On an off-note, I still think the Panther Developer Preview video is perfect.
  2. ironman159 macrumors regular


    Aug 30, 2008
    Costa Rica
    Don't get me started on the PERFECTION that the Leopard Intro Video is. The first thing I saw on my first Mac, I was perplexed.
  3. wankey macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2005
  4. SanJacinto macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2011
    Milky Way Galaxy
    Do intro videos prevent Apple from progress?
  5. 0000757 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    How is a simple inviting video and/or ambient music preventing progress?
  6. psik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    I think talking smack is which you are used to it seems.
  7. HarryT macrumors 6502


    Mar 21, 2013
    You know what. I totally agree with this!!!

    I remember that magic of it just launching the video and you sitting there all excited about using your new mac. Nowadays its not the same without it!
  8. SanJacinto macrumors regular


    Nov 3, 2011
    Milky Way Galaxy


    I really like the Tiger's and Snow Leopard's version.
    Still remember it like yesterday - in the summer of 2011 me and my new MBP.:roll eyes:

    And I can't really describe what it was but Exodus Honey (Snow Leopard's intro song) had a certain atmosphere - really curios new and apple like ... .
  9. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Personally I'm glad to see Apple (hopefully) spend their time on more productive endeavours these days. Plus, intro videos in retrospect seem more like something MS would make the user sit through rather than Apple. And although admittedly the videos were alway well executed, I'm tempted to draw parallels to splash screens. Which incidentally have also lost their purpose due to nowadays negligible application launch times.

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  10. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
  11. 0000757 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    I wouldn't really draw comparisons to splash screens. Splash screens are there every time you launch the application and they really just serve a purpose to at least let the user know the application is opening (so they don't double click the icon 1000 times).

    With the intro videos it was just a way of Apple making their devices special. It only played the first time you ever turned on your new Mac, and it invited you to the system and it was one of the most exciting times for the consumer as well (in my opinion). It was part of what made Mac OS X such a personal user experience. It was like Apple was really welcoming you to your computer.
  12. VacantPsalm macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2010
    As someone who likes to do a fresh install a few time a year, I really hated the intro splash screen. I'm glad it's gone, gets really old.

    Maybe if it was skippable.....
  13. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    You've missed the point here.
  14. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    Can't say I've given it much thought since they removed it, but reading this thread made me a little nostalgic thinking about my first mac and how cool I thought the video was. I got the black macbook in 2008 and right away I knew I had something way more special than any windows machine when I saw that cool video.:cool:
  15. 7enderbender macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2012
    North East US

    I see a bigger problem in progress for progress' sake. I see nothing, absolutely nothing in this new version that is any real progress. It's all smokes and mirrors and eye candy. I'd like to hear announcements that acknowledge current issues and how they're going to be fixed instead of useless eye-candy and me-too features.
    Being able to make a phone call on my home computer is not really "progress". In fact, that's a useless feature that nobody used since Windows 95 or so. Fixing Email reliability and the buggy Safari browser would be more progress.
    Everything else is not really the operating system for the most part anyway but good software that helps you with whatever you do.
    Progress would rather be filling the gaps that professionals still need Microsoft for - such as a professional workflow and project management software.
  16. Charcoalwerks macrumors regular


    Jul 14, 2011
    I remember my first Mac. 2006 white Macbook. I thought the Tiger intro was a really cool touch.
  17. notrack macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2012
    Totally agree. special moments.

    Things like this makes the difference between liking my Mac and loving my Mac. It shows that Apple actually cares and makes some efforts to show that they value their users.

    The attention to details doesn't seem to have the same priority any more these days.
  18. swindlenz macrumors member

    May 18, 2013
    Funny how hated on you where for this.

    I agree entirely. I don't think you missed the point, but everyone else seems too.
  19. afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    I didn't know these existed. IMO, it's kind of cheesy. I'd rather focus on OS fluidity (which is something Windows 8 has). iOS 7 was a perfect example of Apple improving iOS fluidity. Less choppy, more physics... but with OS X yosemite we didn't get any improvement. Animations still drop frame rates and physics is non existent. Nothing flies around the screen. The best I can see is the bounce that happens when an app has something to say.
  20. Mac.User macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2013
    The first one I saw was 10.4 or 10.5 and the first thing it made me think was " They put a **** ton of time into production and packaging with the small touches

    After 10.6 I just haven't had that impression of Apple anymore. Maybe it is nostalgia, but I just got the impression they cared a lot more then.

    I admit I did start to wish i could skip the video when i had to deploy macs for work.
  21. wankey macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2005
    I too wanted a VGA port on my mac. Why can't they bring that back.
  22. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    yikes, why do people get so nostalgic for the little things? not that it's not ok i guess.

    once you got past the intro video, it was time to ENGAGE. am fine without a fun intro movie, as long as my mac:

    runs well, is fast. efficient. stable. reasonable...logical. POWERFUL. etc.

    not that everything new is better, but anything that IS new and better...is better.
    let's move FORWARD, not back... :cool:
  23. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    While I agree that they should have been easier to skip (particularly because many of them were really loud), I do lament their loss.

    They were a great way to make the experience feel different, and could still serve as a way to introduce a few of the biggest new features.

    I do feel like Apple aren't doing enough for the first few minutes of a user's new machine; we really need some kind of hub for getting things configured quickly, i.e - give new users quick access to security options so they can enable FileVault 2 etc., rather than having to seek these things out themselves (many won't even know about it).
  24. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    really good idea... better than an entertaining video: a more-thorough walkthrough of setup options, with explanations...
  25. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I have to say, I did really enjoy the OS X intro videos. Especially the Leopard one!


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