I still have my Mac; I have been an Apple fan for over two decades. My first Mac was a IIcx, then a 4400, a Power Mac G4, an Intel mini, and 3 Mac Book Pros. I bought, and still have, the original iPhone. In fact, I’ve had almost every iPhone as of this writing… iPhone, 3G, 4, 4S, 5, 6, and 6S. I have no intention of buying an iPhone 7 because I finally made the jump to Android. One friend said she didn’t believe I would ever switch. A relative became angry with me, and another said, “You told us to buy all this Apple stuff!” I did not come to this choice lightly. As you can see, I’ve been an iPhone user since the first one, and a Mac user before then. I’m also a developer. I develop for Mac & iOS. Now maybe Android? We’ll see.
iOS (or iPhone OS) has always been closed system. Anybody who wanted to do anything special with their phone would have to jailbreak it. Want folders? Jailbreak. Want access to file system? Jailbreak. Use the LED as a flashlight? Jailbreak. Want a terminal or to SSH into your phone? Jailbreak. Block certain callers? Jailbreak. Turn off notifications while certain apps are running? Jailbreak. Sync with iTunes wirelessly? Jailbreak. Adblocker? Jailbreak. Put icons anywhere on the springboard? Jailbreak. Cache cleaner? Jailbreak. Move more than one icon at a time on the springboard? Jailbreak. Perform wifi-only tasks (per Apple) over the cell network? Jailbreak. Use your phone as a hotspot? Jailbreak. Use “hey Siri” without the phone attached to a power source? Jailbreak. While Apple eventually implemented some of these, jailbreakers were getting this functionality years before the masses. Half of their innovation is coming from jailbreakers and Apple keeps patching those exploits. Android also has an official store, like Apple’s App Store, but with the flip of a switch, you can install add-ons (at your own peril if you’re careless). Apple could do this. Bury the setting. Make it a developer/nerd-only option. Something! Why won’t Apple do this? It’ll cut into their 30% developer tax.
What is new with iPhones lately? I mean really new? Colors. Whoopie! 3D touch/force touch. Annoying in most situations. The iPhone’s appearance hasn’t changed in three years! Well… with the iPhone 7 they moved the speaker and added one, changed the home button to a solid state button, and oh yeah, got rid of the industry standard headphone jack. They say this was done for waterproofing reasons. Funny, Android devices have a higher rating… with a headphone jack. Some people don’t think the removal of the headphone jack is a big deal. But, if you’re like me, you charge your phone at night and listen to either a podcast or an audio book while falling asleep. Apple’s solution was to partner with Belken and come up with a lightning splitter box. Yes, a dongle with a box on the end… not a svelte Y-cable, but a box. Now picture this, if like me, you buy earbuds because Apple’s ear pods hurt your dang ear. (Seriously how has nobody complained about this?) You plug the box-dongle splitter into your phone. You plug the lightning power cable into one side of the splitter to charge the phone. On the other side, you have to plug their lightning to 3.5mm jack dongle in, and then your earbuds into that. Disgusting. Not Apple-like. How did Jonathan Ive allow a monstrosity like this to go out the door? Not buying! Air pods, while cool, cost $160. And, they’re still painful hard plastic “pods”… and you’ll have to charge those when you get up… and you have to charge their container that looks like a box of dental floss. And carry all that extra stuff with you. Stay classy Apple.
Recently Tim Cook told people who didn’t believe in his “green” liberal ways that they should sell their stock. (Done!) Now, I’m OK with “saving the planet” but with Tim at the helm Apple has gotten really political. When that idiot white kid in South Carolina went to a black church and killed a bunch of people, the media found a picture of the murderer with a Confederate Battle Flag. All of a sudden the flag was to blame. Stores pulled the flag from their shelves, ebay & Amazon removed them from searches… and Apple jumped in and removed every app from their app store that displayed the flag. Even game developers had to change the flag for their Civil War games before being let back in. Tim, who attended Duke University really should know better. People in the South love their flag. The next thing Mr. Cook has done is vote against adding a Rifle emoji to the emoji standards board, and also changed the handgun (most systems display a revolver, one displays a semi-automatic)… to an ugly green squirt gun. Why? … Why? Why? Why? Anyway, the answer is that people on the political left never blame the people. They blame flags & guns. Apparently the picture of a gun is going to hurt somebody. I mean, the hammer, axe, knives & swords have never been used as murder weapons, so their picture emojis are OK. (Yes they have! So have cars, rocks, ropes, toasters, shovels…) Way to tick off your loyal fan base Tim. Good job!
Now that the last of Steve’s product influences have gone out of the pipeline, Apple will just be mediocre again. Obviously Ive no longer cares. Cook? He’s about fashion & sports. And putting gay people in their ads. Nike watch? $10,000 Gold watch? Just Breathe app? Sounds like Apple is targeting rich Sporty Spice hippies.
EDIT: In summary, iOS is not longer exciting and Tim Cook is politicizing Apple. iOS is great for the average person. Tech nerds / developers, you should want something more from your devices. All iOS users should thank Jailbreakers for giving Apple ideas. Remember the simplicity when Steve Jobs returned? Apple has gone from underdog to a bully.
Next time I’ll go over my Android replacements for my iOS apps.