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I have to admit that the possibility of universal binaries had completely slipped my mind. I had gotten so accustomed to Rosetta. With both Universal 2 and Rosetta 2 demonstrated on Apple Silicon -- I like that name -- I am now completely sold on ARM in Macs. Apple is not forgetting the lessons learned in past transitions.

I'm still a bit concerned about some of the binaries I run in the Unix layer, though, including mission critical commercial software. We'll see.

It looks like I'll hold off on buying a new Mac until the transition is well over. I have a 2019 iMac which should suit me well past the transition, but I have a 2016 MBP that will be coming due for an upgrade.


The new macOS Big Sur interface demonstrates the continuing convergence of macOS/iOS/iPadOS, but I was strangely reminded of the Aqua interface under the earliest versions of Mac OS X. The candy store colors reminded me of Steve Jobs saying the buttons look so good you want to lick them.

One past lesson I'm not sure Apple has retained shows up in the translucent menu bar. Apple had a translucent menu bar back in Leopard, if I recall correctly. What people found was that, if they had sufficiently complex desktop pictures (i.e. photos with even moderately detailed imagery), translucency made the menu bar text more difficult to read. Apple eventually listened to users and implemented a setting to turn off translucency, and now, the solid menu bar seems to be the default in Catalina. I hope a solid menu bar remains as an option.

-awlabrador
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