As techno-gadget makers go, Apple seems better than most at moving toward the future while leaving the past behind. Remember Parallel and Serial? Remember ADB and SCSCI? Apple killed them all with the first iMac in 1998. Since then we’ve seen Apple dispose of the SuperDrive (CDs and DVDs) and wired accessories (Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard are wireless), including Ethernet.
macOS Catalina ushers in yet another era of the future while slowly killing off the past. This is one I missed in the run up to a 64-bit only macOS Catalina. What’s missing?
The Mac’s Dashboard.
Dashboard launched with Mac OS X Tiger in 2005, more than 14 years ago. What happened to the Dashboard?
I’m not sure, because I
use used Dashboard every day. My Mac is was home to a variety of Dashboard Widgets, including Apple’s built-in Widgets; virtually none of which have been updated in years. I set Dashboard to launch with a Hot Corner. Move the mouse pointer to a specific corner and Dashboard– and all the Widgets– appear.
Even better is the time-honored keyboard shortcut. Instead of using a mouse or trackpad, just use a keyboard shortcut.
None of that matters with macOS Catalina because Dashboard is dead. Goodbye Calendar, Notes, Dictionary, Weather, Countdown, Calculator, and all my friends from yesteryear. Everything I used in Dashboard is available elsewhere on my Mac as an app or a Menubar utility.
It was just nice to have all those kinds of utilities– Widgets– available with a single keystroke or mouse pointer movement. To get the same functions today in macOS Catalina I need a combination of apps in the Dock, utilities in the Menubar, and even Notification Center.
Unlike iTunes, Dashboard was fully customizable; you could choose the Widgets and where they were placed on the Mac’s screen.
Yes, iTunes is gone from macOS Catalina, too, and like Dashboard, you need multiple Mac apps to do the same thing.
More steps to do less is not progress, Apple.