Apple makes amazing computers packed with amazingly crappy screen savers. I can’t believe it; especially since Apple spends who knows how much money to hire who knows how many designers—led by the design-obsessed Jony Ive—to ensure that machine and interface alike look incredible.
But somewhere amidst the new product launches and upgrades, something Mac users spend a lot of time looking at got placed on the back burner… seemingly left to rot. I’m talking about Apple’s screen savers. Have you noticed how terrible they have become?
Look no further than the Word of the Day screen saver below. Does this look like something from Apple? No. It looks like something straight out of Windows 95.
Okay, that’s the worst Apple screen saver option, but the rest aren’t that much better. I’m a bit disappointed in Apple for pretending that offering 12 different ways to display my own photos as a screen saver counts as 12 different screen saver options. That’s one option with 12 variants. That’s pure fluff.
And iTunes artwork? I’m not even going to bother ripping into that.
Same with Message (Windows 95!).
There are really only 3 “real” screen saver options that I would even consider using: Flurry, Arabesque and Shell. And I’m sick of them. They have been around for years.
I want something new. Something functional. How about a dashboard of some sort infused with Apple’s patented design style. It could display social media information from Twitter, Facebook, etc. It could even show Meerkat or Periscope streams from people I follow.
Or, it could be widgetized. I’d love to see my to-do items from Clear on my screensaver. Maybe even multiple lists at once. Or my HealthKit info. Or calendar items. Or new releases on Netflix.
You may think to yourself: “Why is this even a big deal?” It’s a bid deal because it’s a waste. When I’m not on my computer, I’m often around it. And my screen saver could, and should, be a lot more informative and better looking than that travesty of a screen saver known as Word of the Day.
Please, Apple, upgrade the screen saver experience from awful to awesome.