Apple needs to stop adding iOS features that we don’t need
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Danger of iOS 16 and feature crap
Lots of fun speculation this week iOS 16, Major iPhone software updates will be unveiled at WWDC in a few weeks. The latest report states that iOS 16 will feature “major changes across the system” and “fresh Apple apps”, where at McWorld we think Apple itself has leaked a bunch of details to iOS 16.
It’s exciting to read and write about all of this, and we’re excited to see what Apple has to offer. (Stay tuned for the latest developments with our iOS 16 SuperGuide.) When was the last time a new iOS feature actually improved your life? I bet it’s harder to remember than to try a new feature last time and think, “this is great” and never use it again.
Take those “fresh” apps, for example. (We’re guessing that means New Apple apps, instead of refreshed versions of existing versions, which would be somewhat anticlimactic.) That sounds good, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want brand new apps on their iPhone?
Well, let’s think about the new app we got in the recent iOS update. We’ve got files in iOS 11 (sparsely useful but not as likely to survive), major in iOS 12 (not used for years), and translation in iOS 14 (much worse than Google Translate). Would it be worthwhile to add these new apps, or would it be better to iron out bugs, optimize performance, and reduce hardware loads to improve battery life?
Translation is a particularly interesting case study, as it is a great example of iOS, for no apparent reason, consuming a function that a third party already does extremely well. If a user wants a great real-time translation, they can download Google Translate. Why does iOS need to add that function? For that matter, why should half the function of iOS be there?
Somewhere along the line Apple যদিও although I suspect it’s not alone ছি has forgotten what an operating system is. This is the framework that the rest of the software works around. It is supposed to do basic work and keep out of the way. And if you start baking into features that will be better served by optional standalone apps created by experts, you’ll increase the download size and waste your in-house software team time. And maybe annoy your developer partners.
Apple’s relationship with app developers has been strained for years now, with devs angry over what they see as high fees, heavy hand rules and exclusive behavior by some. It’s time to fix it. And the company could start by creating WWDC Actually About developers and what they can offer users, instead of trying to do everything yourself.
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Podcast of the week
WWDC and only three weeks left! Apple will release its latest iPhone operating system, but will it have the features you want? We talk iOS 16 features This episode of the McWorld podcast is on your list of favorites.
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