Why, Mac App Store, Why?Posted: June 3, 2011
There seem to be as many valid criticisms of the Mac App Store (botched updates, approval process, Apple’s 30% cut) as there are positives (security, convenience, price). But what really gets me is the strangely inconsistent window behavior. On a Mac, when you close a window, the application is supposed to keep running. There are always weird exceptions like System Preferences, but they tend to be minor; not something you’d want running in the background anyway. iPhoto has always been the outlier to this, and I’m increasingly frustrated that the Mac App Store is as well. When I close the window, I expect it to keep downloading my updates or purchases in the background. Like every other application I own. Instead, it stops everything and quits if I touch that red button. The last thing I need is an extra window open every time I’m downloading something. Get it right, Apple. These are your own interface decisions you keep breaking.