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Posted on Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Dave!After declaring Apple's iTunes the worst piece of software I have ever used in the entire history of computing, Apple Mail seems to be working overtime to make me rethink my decision.

Mail is just awful. It's a flakey, bug-ridden pile of crap that keeps getting worse and worse. As if that wasn't enough, Apple keep stripping features from the program that could help. First they took away the ability to choose which SMTP server you want to use for outgoing email on the fly. This means you can't force Mail to use a different server when it's shitty SMTP handling fails unless you change your account information.

Then today I noticed that Apple also stripped the ability to stop a process in the Activity Monitor. So now when Mail gets stuck downloading emails from an IMAP server... which happens all the fucking time... there is literally nothing you can do to solve the problem except quit Mail, use webmail to try and figure out which email that Mail is having trouble with, delete said email, restart Mail, then keep repeating the process over and over and over and over and over and over again until you are finally rid of the email causing the problem. If you can ever figure it out at all.

Oh how I fucking hate... HATE... shitty Apple Mail.

Yet, if you're wanting to sync accounts and have interoperability with you iPhone and iPad, "shitty" is what you're forced to use.

Apple has billions upon billions of dollars. Why in the bloody hell can't they invest a little of that money to get this crap fixed? Too easy? Or they just don't give a flying fuck because they've got billions of dollars?

Either way, I don't think it's too much to ask that Apple's email program isn't fucking bullshit.

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  1. It’s not Steve’s Apple any more, and it’s starting to show. I can understand them dumbing down iOS as much as possible for the masses, but there’s no excuse for them to be doing it with OS X. Of course, Macs (and by extension OS X) make up such a small part of their profit stream these days I think we’re lucky just to have OS updates at all.

    Big Brother Windows or Nanny State Apple. I fear that’s where we’re headed.

    But I agree with you wholeheartedly that Apple has more than enough resources to FIX THEIR SHIT, but for some reason don’t. In the seven years I’ve been in the Apple Ecosystem, I have never seen it as bad as it is today. “It just DOESN’T work!”

    I recently had an issue with SEVERE latency happening with my iCloud email account. Emails would either take—literally—30 minutes to arrive after being sent, or they wouldn’t arrive at all. After spending HOURS on the phone with Apple Support, I finally had to give them complete control of my iCloud account with the promise “I will personally contact you when this is resolved!”

    HA. 48 hours later things just started working again with nary a word from Cupertino. At that point I said fuck ’em and changed my iCloud password back to one of my own choosing, effectively locking them out.

  2. martymankins says:

    Adding to your Mail issues, the one feature that I used a lot in Mail previous to El Capitan was how messages with similar sender and subject were sorted together. That’s now been removed. That was a great feature for removing emails that I get every week or every other day and I could go in and look at the older ones and remove them. Frustrating when features get removed.

    I’ve just noticed the SMTP server issue that you are talking about. Equally frustrating here.

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