In the world of Apple products, things are not always perfect

Firstly, for a while I’ve been having a problem with Snow Leopard on my Mac Pro in which it runs incredibly slowly every so often. It seems as if this revolves around Safari and/or Flash. In the forums I discovered that there are many other people having similar problems with Snow Leopard, mainly apparently relating to Safari and possibly Flash, so I hope this is something Apple have fixed in the new OS update they’ve released today. If not, I’ve got a few solutions I can try, such as removing old plugins and fiddling with Flash. This isn’t great, but it’s still early days for Snow Leopard and there are always teething problems with new operating systems.

Secondly, I was having weird problems with my iPhone in which it would start functioning incredibly slowly and third-party apps would not launch at all. I suspected this was due to storage so I freed up some space and the problems went away. The way that I freed up space was to untick the option to fill up remaining storage space with music. Since that option clearly causes problems, I have no idea why Apple put it in there. I’m sure it wouldn’t have taken much testing to throw up the sort of problems I’ve been having.

Finally, Apple have done something in the latest OS update to prevent Snow Leopard from running on Atom processors, which means that many ‘hackbook’ users such as myself can no longer run the latest version of that operating system on their netbooks. This doesn’t bother me too much in practice as I am quite happy with Leopard on mine and I wasn’t sure if I could be bothered with all the hassle of trying to get Snow Leopard running on there. However, I’d love to know why this has happened. It could be that Apple have just added something which requires non-Atom processors, but I would have thought if that were the case then Snow Leopard would never have worked on Atoms in the first place. The other possible explanation is that Apple have done this deliberately to stop people from installing OS X on netbooks. If that’s the case then it’s very stupid, because Apple don’t offer a netbook-class computer themselves, and if I can’t run OS X on my netbook then I’m going to use something such as Ubuntu Linux instead (if I can ever get the bloody thing to boot), which is probably going to make me less likely to consider Apple products in the future…

Edit: It looks as though the OS update might have cured the ‘Snow Leopard being slow’ problem. Fingers crossed…