Apple applications has a little red button on each app (unless disabled) that closes a window, but not necessarily the app. Some apps close, others don’t. The inconsistency can be confusing. iPhoto closes, whereas iTunes does not. Further, it causes usability with some applicaitons, both Apple built as well as independent developers. Here are two examples of problems you can encounter:
- You start download something Firefox, then close the main browser window, leaving just the download window. Now, according to the dock, Firefox is still running. Clicking the Firefox icon brings up the download window, but not a browser window. You can open a new browser window by going to download window and clicking “Command-N”. This window problem doesn’t exist in Safari, so in part it’s a Firefox problem, but …
- You set iTunes to open videos in an external window and play a podcast/tv show/movie and then close the main iTunes window. Now clicking on the iTunes icon will bring the video window, but not a new main window. As far as I can tell, there is no way to open open the main iTunes window without closing the video window first.
Basically Apple should enforce one idea or the other. They can easily change the functionality to what it sometimes is, which is “hide” and require that users use Cmd-Q to close an app. I mean this is Apple, things should “just work”!