Microsoft introduced Windows Vista back in 2007 and while the Operating System was a failure, it did pave way for many of the modern elements in Windows. One of the elements which stuck around was the Windows UAC or User Account Control. It made sure users knew what programs they were installing and prevented the installation of unknown apps on the system.
Apple, however, didn’t like the idea and they decided to voice their opinion in the best way possible. Apple made an advertisement titled “Get a Mac – Vista Vs Mac – Security” which poked fun at Windows Vista’s UAC asking permission for everything. While the ad ran back when Windows Vista came out, it recently surfaced back as Apple released macOS Catalina to the public. Among the numerous features added to Catalina, Apple also added a feature similar to UAC to prevent unauthorised installs.
While the feature is great, it also shows the importance of UAC and the fact that Microsoft was right all along. Unfortunately, users aren’t having a great experience with Apple’s version of UAC and some of the Tweets below are evidence of the same.
— Jens C. (@jensc) July 3, 2019
— Tyler Hall (@tylerhall) October 7, 2019
MacOS Catalina is a user experience nightmare. This security model where every click is throwing a permission modal in your face is hostile and completely uselss. All it leads to is users being trained to clicking „Allow“ all the time (Windows UAC anyone?) Wtf @AppleSupport
— Drazen Mokic (@drale2k) August 14, 2019
Apple macOS Catalina copied Windows Vista UAC feature? ??
— Yan Zhu (@picturepan2) October 8, 2019
"The first thing you’ll notice on macOS Catalina is that the Mac starts asking you for permission a lot more often."
So basically like UAC that Apple was mocking a decade ago? Cool, cool. https://t.co/p2OPLNJh0J
— Jesse Harris (@elforesto) September 13, 2019
We want to make one thing clear, we are not saying UAC is a bad feature. It’s useful especially since a lot of software these days come with freeware which may not be useful for the user. The fact is, Apple did a lot of finger-pointing in the early days but they end up adopting the feature more than a decade later.