Users of Apple’s OS X operating system were in for a bit of a surprise this morning when the Cupertino-based company released an update for its latest Mac software, OS X Mavericks.
Many Mac owners installed the update believing that it would bring faster loading times and better support for new web standards, but were disappointed to learn that only a small percentage of users would see a marginal improvement in performance on a handful of websites.
One change that did affect all users, however, was the removal of the option to set a custom homepage. Instead of allowing users to pick a website to load automatically when starting the browser, all new pages load the Apple Online Store.
Since the Safari update, the Apple Online Store has seen a flood of traffic that crippled the site for hours. Eventually Apple pulled the store offline for upgrades, though Apple’s PR has been insistent that the site never “crashed.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook quickly addressed the issue on his new Twitter account, telling users that “if you like your current homepage, you can keep it. Period.”
Cook’s tweet was met with responses from countless users who wrote that they could no longer set a new homepage through Safari’s preferences screen. Cook later responded to these messages with another tweet.
Apple PR has informed us that there are currently no plans to reverse the decision. Instead, we were supplied with a list of reasons users will love having the Apple Online Store as their homepage. Some of these reasons include…
- Easy access to Apple’s entire product catalog
- No need to sift through every page on the Internet to choose the homepage that’s right for you
- If Apple controls your homepage, they can update it to anything they want at any time
We asked a group of ten Mac users what they thought of the change. Two college students replied that they were upset with the change, but the eight other members of our group quickly spoke up in favor of it.
“I think it’s homophobic to say that Tim Cook made a bad decision,” said one student. “Yeah, you guys are just upset with his policy because he might be gay,” another chimed in. The two students who had spoken out against the decision tried to reassert their points but were shouted down by cries of “hate” and “intolerance” from the others.
“Besides,” one of the girls in the back row said, “if your homepage isn’t the Apple Store, how are you supposed to buy Apple products? If we don’t force people to use this as their homepage, those people will not buy Apple products. Everyone should have access to Apple products.”
One of the students against the change pointed out that not everyone wants to own Apple products, and that those who do are still able to buy them without using the store as their homepage. His point was quickly refuted by other members of the group who insisted that they know better than anyone else which products people should buy.