The most, and least, used features of OS X

OS X Mountain Lion was presented as a second iteration of Lion, a system that brought few major new features but slightly improved on the previous version of OS X with new services and applications ported directly from iOS. These were not major new features, but the system’s stability and performance improvements made up for the lack of any real-world developments.

But which of these characteristics do people really use? That’s what people have been asking since MacWorld, creating a big diagram that summarizes the features of OS X Mountain Lion that people actually use and those that they don’t.

The most used functions: AirPlay, iCloud, Messages, Notification Center…

You don’t have to be an engineer to realize this, but the new features of OS X Mountain Lion that people use the most are precisely those that are of great value and add extra functionality to the system. The most remarkable ones, because of the high response of the people who answered the survey are

  • AirPlay. Although you could say it’s a secondary function, since you need a second Apple device to use it, it turns out that almost 50% of people make constant or occasional use of this function. Which I personally find essential in OS X.
  • iCloud. Again, Apple’s cloud bet seems to be working quite well and cloud documents, as part of iCloud, seem to have a great level of acceptance by the public who find in the ability to access their documents from any computer very interesting.
  • Messages. Another of those “novel” applications that arrived in Mountain Lion mainly to replace iChat and concentrate under one application the functions of the old Apple chat and the iCloud message sending. The application has a great acceptance, especially among iOS users who can continue their conversations easily from any computer.
  • Notification Center. Another star feature of OS X that seems to have a high degree of acceptance is notification center, which as you know lets you concentrate all the notifications on your Mac in a single window much like iOS does.

The least used functions: VIP Mail, dictation functions, Facebook and Twitter, Game Centre…

Putting into perspective the functions that people use the least are the most trivial and therefore those that contribute the least overall value to the system. They are very specific functions or applications with very secondary uses and that is why many users hardly make use of them and keep them almost “forgotten”. The big losers of OS X Mountain Lion are:

  • VIP mail. A function integrated at the same time as in iOS which aims to create a specific mailbox for our mail in which to highlight people we consider VIP. The idea is good, but unfortunately the configuration is completely manual and unlike other services such as Google, here we must add one by one the contacts that we consider VIP. A real chestnut.

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    Dictation functions. We commented on them recently at Apple and they are without a doubt a big forget about OS X, the function is good for certain very specific uses but outside of them the function can be more of a problem than a help, it is clear that perhaps integrating Siri into OS X is not such a good idea after all.

  • Sharing functions. Another big loser is the sharing features, which are built into applications like Safari. It seems that people aren’t so “social” after all and prefer not to use these features. It’s also surprising that use of Facebook and Twitter is not as high as one might expect.
  • Game Center. Another application with a very specific function, a horrible design and functions that few people use, in short a big OS X loser that people prefer to leave aside.


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