Have we all forgotten about OS X?

So what's going on with Apple's venerable desktop operating system?

Firstly, we're seeing a fragmentation of OS versions, and more specifically, just over a third of all Macs are still using the last OS that was conceived of prior to iOS' dominance in Apple, namely, Snow Leopard, and it is the single largest version of OS X by install base.


Whilst it isn't a problem for developers, fortunately, it seems strange that so many people are holding off on purchasing new, better operating systems that are priced rather cheaply ($30 for Lion, $20 for Mountain Lion). I don't believe that people using hardware that is unable to be upgraded past Snow Leopard is statistically significant, so it seems like general apathy to upgrading. Completely understandable, but does question whether a yearly release cycle will really work for OS X.

In addition, the rumours of OS X 10.9 don't look too encouraging so far, at least to my idiosyncratic perspective. Firstly, stories have manifested that Apple is pulling away engineers from the project to work on iOS 7, very reminiscent of 2006, where Leopard was delayed by several months for the iPhone project. But Leopard redesigned Finder, the dock, greatly improved Preview, and gave Time Machine, Spaces, and Core Animation. The only things that seem to be certain in OS X 10.9 are Siri and Maps, which would only serve to perpetuate the belief permeating the web that OS X is a second class citizen, being gifted leftover iOS features. I mean, it's not like Maps has increased in any significant way in the last half year or anything, or that anyone is really excited for its arrival when Google Maps is easily accessible on a computer.

In fact, I've held off upgrading to Mountain Lion for my iMac, because not being an iOS user makes most of the features redundant for me, and the increased skeuomorphism and broken social sharing interaction model didn't help.

Simply shipping iOS features to Macs on a yearly cadence isn't cutting it for OS X, which is still deficient in terms of its ancient file system, incomplete Mission Control implementation(especially the multi-monitor kerfuffle that still remains unsolved). Activity Monitor is less glanceable compared to Windows 8's Task Manager (even though I dislike the rest of that operating system), the App Store is still slow as molasses to open, and a lot of built-in apps are showing their age, such as Calculator and Dashboard (does anyone still use that thing?), and iWork hasn't been updated since about 2009.

These are all things that Apple should take a look at, rather than shipping us Mac users second-rate services and making Service Pack-esque security updates as part of an operating system update. Because I fundamentally believe OS X is a very good product. Stock software like Preview and TextEdit are useful and get out of your way, unlike Adobe Reader, or how Notepad is so terrible that most normal Windows users type out tiny text documents in Word. There is a serious lack of good consumer software on Windows, which is probably why web apps seem so popular.

My rambling is done. Any suggestions for OS X 10.9? It seems most of the people here aren't too interested in OS X at the moment, unfortunately, given the dearth of forum posts about the topic.