I have a MacBook Pro from 2012 and recent apple OS updates have taken 30 minutes on average. I bet I am not the only one.
I have 4GB of ram, but that should not be an issue since Mac OS updates have been booting into a pre Macintosh environment where they show progress with a line at the bottom. Since no other applications are loaded but the OS, there should be no slowdown due to the amount of memory. So then I can only wonder that the slowness is due to probably massive numbers of files being written to the drive, and then I wonder why.
In the past, we had fast updates even between different OS systems. It seems that with time, Apple updates are taking longer to update. With faster hard drives available now than in the past, the amount of time to update should be decreasing not increasing.
Ok I hear those people who are saying “You have a 4-year-old machine. What do you expect?” One of the amazing things about the mac in the past was its ability to support newer Operating systems. Now with the iOS, watch OS, I get the impression that Apple cares less about the Mac OS and supporting its legacy devices.
I can understand why this change would be done. Obviously they want to encourage purchase of newer hardware. They are a business after all and that is what businesses do. I am not going to tell them they shouldn’t do this. They are free to do whatever they think is best. I find it interesting that those of us who have been around the mac for awhile feel that the quality is decreasing. I wrote an article about this earlier about my concerns.
This it not a rehash of that article, but rather supporting reasons that concern me about Apples future. Apple has always made controversial decisions and somehow survived and even thrived. Some people feel that Tim Cook doesn’t have what it takes. Who knows he if does or not? I do not care to speculate in life.