John Siracusa Quits Reviewing OS X

John Siracusa Quits Reviewing OS X

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If you are expecting a review by John Siracusa of the next OS X release then you are out of luck, Sadly after 15 years with Ars Technica, John Siracusa decided to stop writing reviews of new releases of OS X, even on his own site:

 I won’t be reviewing it for Ars Technica or any other publication, including the website you’re reading now.

From his first review of Mac OS X DP2 in Dec 14, 1999 with 8 pages, to the last one of OS X 10.10 Yosemite in Oct 16, 2014 with 25 pages, Siracusa’s OS X reviews were like no other OS X reviews on the internet.

In his recent post in his site Hypercritical titled _OS X Reviewed, _John talked about how he was thinking about this decision for a while:

I’ve been contemplating hanging up my OS X reviewer’s hat for some time now. Producing thousands of words (and hundreds of screenshots) about each major release of OS X was my first real claim to fame on the Internet. The prospect of stopping has made me reconsider my public identity and sense of self. Who am I if I’m not “that guy who writes those OS X reviews”? But when I finally decided, the relief I felt let me know I’d made the right choice.

It’s honestly a sad moment, not just to me, but many other people all over the internet:

Casey Liss from Liss is More:

This marks the end of a long era. Between losing John’s reviews and Top Gear, it’s already been a rough start to 2015.

Marco Arment from

 But maybe, just maybe, the John Siracusa OS X reviews had to die for a new filesystem to be born.

John Gruber from Daring Fireball:

 Writing a good book every year, about a moving target, on a tight deadline — that is tough.

Jason Snell from Six Colors:

 Thanks for all the Simpsons references, John. The release of the next version of OS X won’t be the same without your gigantic article (and complaints about e-book production workflows).

And last but not least there was this tweet from Phill Schiller:

If you want to get an idea of how much work he put into his reviews, then you probably should read The Stats of his OS X Yosemite review.
And if you want to read more about him, make sure to read his about page, the Interview Federico Viticci did with him over at MacStories, and also check out The Setup Interview.
Want even more?
Listen to John Siracusa in his podcast ATP with Marco Arment and Casey Liss

Photo Credit: Ted Todorov