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macOS Sierra: Cannot Copy/Paste Properly

I’ve seen this new bug now in at least two places:

  1. Copy something, even plain text.
  2. Paste it somewhere.

PROBLEM: what’s pasted is some old material, not what was copied. The problem seems to be only when Apple software is involved (Spotlight and Apple Mail so far).

Today, I saw the same problem trying to copy plain text again, but from another app. I also have seen the bug in Apple Mail trying to copy/paste between windows.

Shown below is the problem in one case; I copied a simple plain-text filename so as to paste it into Spotlight search (cmd-space). Instead, what is pasted is some file name or some such that I don’t think I ever even copied.

Spotlight search (cmd-space) cannot Paste the clipboard properly!

Shame on Apple: it takes severe coding and quality assurance incompetence to ship a new OS that cannot even copy and paste properly, a feature present since day zero of the Mac.

Is it any wonder that a macOS 10.12.1 beta was out within days of Apple shipping its ship-by-calendar-not-quality dreck to customers? Keeps things on the release scheduled and to heck with the bugs seems to be the modus operandi: that iPhone has to ship, so macOS Sierra has to ship, regardless of readiness. This isn’t just incompetence, it shows a fundamental disrespect for customers.

Don H writes:

Without digging too deep, I seem to recall that a new feature in the latest *OS is some form of ‘coherent’ copy/paste across devices (probably involves a cloud somewhere). That might be the root of what you’re seeing.

MPG: that must be it, although I turn off as much Cloud crap as I can, after years of disappointments. There does not seem to be any other reasonable explanation for breaking a core feature that has existed for decades.

Consider also the destruction of Apple Disk Utility in El Crapitan leaving users twisting in the wind, the destruction of Apple Mail in macOS Sierra and the grossly degraded performance of the File Open dialog in OS X Yosemite, just for starters. These things are NOT a coincidence: it’s Apple Core Rot, which I detected well before I first wrote about it in early 2013.

Jim G writes:

This is just another example of why it is not unreasonable to think that Macs are no longer the priority they once were at Apple. The updates are further and further apart and the software just keeps getting buggier.

Wonder how much Steve is rolling over...

MPG: absolutely. As a longtime Apple customer, I now view all Apple products with cynicism, a far cry from the day decades in which I was an enthusiastic fan.


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