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James Mitchell | Everett, WA | March 20, 2014

Zonker? Hell, that's Richard Sherman!

Gene | San Francisco, CA | March 18, 2014

It's hard to believe that the weirdo with the tricked out football helmet, whom B.D. found so challenging in the huddle, will become nanny to B.D.'s daughter Sam!

T.J. Martin | Denver, CO | March 17, 2014

And hello Zonker! My, what a long strange trip it's been. As to yesterday's strip; as an Applehead/Investor since 1984 I say yeah, things aren't moving forward too much at the moment in the public eye. But what's coming out now (to keep the peeps happy; some folks always have to have something new even if it isn't) and what's in the pipeline down the road are two different things. Sometimes it's best to sit back for a bit, tweaking things to perfection before dropping the next "bombshell /innovation" on the market. And that's what Tim's doing. But for the moment the criticisms are valid, and Apple is fully aware of the fact.

Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | March 17, 2014

Did going back to the beginning of my beloved Doonesbury, to the strips I used read at the kitchen table every morning before heading off to high school, make me feel old? Not in the least. But all these Apple gizmo references... As the proud owner of a cell phone that (gasp!) only makes phone calls, that makes me feel old. Dare I confess that I also still use the phone book?

Gregg Schwinn | Oakland, CA | March 17, 2014

As usual Mr. Trudeau nailed it. Thanks for so beautifully describing my feelings about the visual changes made in the iOS 6 to 7 upgrade. I'll continue to use iOS 6 until it is no longer supported.

Susie | Kailua Kona, HAWAII | March 17, 2014

Thanks for putting out there about the small light print on Apple products now! I hate that change.

Benjamin Smeall | Green Bay, WI and Cochabamba, BOLIVIA | March 17, 2014

Sorry, but I can't commiserate with your criticisms of the Apple Computer Company. I've used my Contacts app every day constantly. This App is one that is totally integral to my life. And I find that the Apple computer company still responds to any question that I have, very directly. For me this is the Small Town Ideal, but on a global scale.

Miles Hopkins | Redwood City, CA | March 16, 2014

It's a sad truth that most interface design changes are driven by the egos and career ambitions of people on the project teams who want to make their mark. The operational needs, consensus preferences, and ergonomic priorities of millions are generally ignored in favor of the personal whims of a few very-out-of-touch producers and engineers. Hence the steady deterioration in the usability and aesthetics of almost all user interfaces, as these self-oriented teams methodically "fix" everything that isn't broken, adding useless controls and features that are current fads within the academic and engineering worlds, but are actually counter-productive for the end user. Egregious example: the new control tab on the right-hand margin of many web pages, which can obscure the scrollbar button, rendering it inaccessible -- a disastrous design fad that's infected many products in the p ast two years.

Jan Cunningham | New Haven, CT | March 16, 2014

Hooray hooray hooray! Thank you, GBT, for calling out the banal new iOS interface. It gives one hope. I haven't upgraded, either, hoping that Apple will realize its mistake by the time the next update is available.

Wes Smith | Lapeer, MI | March 16, 2014

Considering I just yesterday finally gave in to the new iOS update, today's strip was right in my wheelhouse. Thanks, GBT, for a funny take. Thanks, fellow readers, for taking Apple design decisions so seriously. You make me laugh, too, at you and me.

Steve Russillo | High Point, NC | March 16, 2014

Preach! Why did Apple screw with a perfectly fine look? No good reason, is why. And what's with all the g*****ned gray? The camera? The calculator? The settings? And especially the folder background. (Not to mention the Contacts app which I long ago buried with other superfluous-yet-undeletable apps in a folder called WPOS.)

Boise Ed | Atascadero, CA | March 16, 2014

I can only wish that I hadn't downgraded to iOS 7. But, as the old Kingston Trio lyric says, "Once you go, you can't come back." Thank you, Mr. Trudeau, for expressing my view of iOS 7 so perfectly.

Charles Bing | Edmonton, CANADA | March 16, 2014

Gack! Mike decries the new look of the iPhone, and immediately people are tossing around all the old tropes about no innovation, missing Steve J., and so on. Please spare me. Having a beef about the iPhone's new look and feel is one thing, but translating that into "the end of innovation" is silly. The new Power Mac? The fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S? The absurdly light MacBook Air, or for that matter, the iPad mini? Like Phil Schiller said: "Can't innovate any more, my ass." It's only been three years since the iPad changed how millions of people use email and the web, and...such ennui! Grumble, grumble.

Dennis B. Swaney | Oroville, CA | March 16, 2014

You nailed it, Garry! Mike's reasons are the same as mine for not upgrading. I fault Jony Ive. He is an excellent hardware designer, but a very poor software interface designer.

Charles Gaylord | Arbor Vitae, WI | March 16, 2014

Speaking of change for change's sake, innovation ends when a once state-of-the-art product comes out in various colors.

Howard Scott Wallin | Evanston, IL | March 16, 2014

I still love my 3G; the feel of quality and durability. The deterioration of Apple as an institution started with the Apple store and its pursuit of change for profit -- above the Apple core values of taste and substance. Can they adapt to the criticism of this tasteless change?

Robin S. | Concord, NH | March 16, 2014

Today's strip on the iPhone is brilliant! The changes in iOS have been truly disconcerting to me, but I thought I was alone. Thank you , GBT, for giving a voice to those of us who miss the rounded corners, the shadows that gave the icons a 3-D look, and the intuitiveness that once was. I can't even figure out how to use the Calendar on the new iOS. I miss Steve Jobs.

Russ Hunt | Keswick Ridge, CANADA | March 16, 2014

In the early fifties I was a Pogo fan and wrote Walt Kelly a letter in '52, I think, and got an answer along with a copy of Uncle Pogo So-So Stories. Kelly (along with three other cartoonists -- GBT, JF, and BW) has been a hero most of my life.

Logan's Mom | St. Paul, MN | March 16, 2014

As I was sipping my coffee today's strip made my morning. Thank you! Why would Apple get rid of their stellar interface and icon design? I have not updated my IOS, either. Apple has always strived to innovate. What happened?

Jakob Dragsdal Soerensen | Aarhyus, DANMARK | March 15, 2014

I started reading Doonesbury in the early eighties -- in Danish translation. The strips were from late seventies. Initially I read them mainly for the jokes, but increasingly for the insights into American politics. I've stuck with Doonesbury for thirty years now and think of Doonespeople as old friends and neighbors, whose lives I follow from afar. I still find myself reading something on American politics and suddenly understanding an old Doonesbury strip, that at the time seemed obscure. Each year around October it's time for yet another journey into Doonesland, when a new translated book is released. Thank you for old friends and hilarious insights!