I like my iPhone 13 Professional quite a bit, but it surely helped me to appreciate why I really like Android. The variety of issues I confronted when switching to an iPhone actually drove the purpose dwelling to me, and there have been a number of points with iOS through the years — a few of that are utterly nonsensical. Whereas Apple prides itself on creating the telephone that simply works, there are some parts of that have which are downright complicated. iOS 16 is simply across the nook, and it’s nearly sure it gained’t repair the entire iPhone’s issues.
Right here’s the factor although: the variety of points Apple has in iOS can technically all be mounted in iOS 16. It’s simply that they nearly actually is not going to be. Horrible notifications, gradual animations, and an rigid dwelling display screen all frustrate me to no finish, however there’s extra to it than that. iOS as an working system “simply works”, however that mantra is flawed in the case of a number of features. There’s lots that we’re hoping to see in iOS 16, however we’re nearly assured to not get a lot of it in any respect.
Issues with iOS
Notifications want a serious overhaul
Notifications are in all probability probably the most universally understood downside of iOS, and there are a number of explanation why. They really feel like an afterthought when utilizing an iPhone, and there’s a number of work wanted to make them considerably higher. iOS 15 launched “summaries”, which went a great distance in the direction of serving to the state of affairs, however they’re under no circumstances an answer.
When evaluating iOS notifications to Android, it’s actually no comparability. On Android, from a notification, you possibly can open the app, lengthy press to vary the notification’s precedence, dismiss it by swiping in both route or broaden it to get extra contextual-based interactions. You possibly can reply to messages, ship pre-defined actions, and an entire lot extra. iOS has the fundamental performance of opening the notification or with the ability to swipe it away to the left, however attempt to swipe it to the appropriate and also you’ll have an issue. Some apps do assist you to maintain down on a notification and get extra performance, however these have a tendency to only lengthen into opening the app in a selected manner.
There are different issues with notifications on iOS too, together with with the ability to clear your entire notifications away. It will be accomplished by tapping on the ‘x’ button within the notifications middle and tapping it once more, however that doesn’t at all times present up, and it doesn’t clear your most up-to-date notifications both. Notifications work on iPhones, however there are a number of issues and issues that want sprucing, and it appears to be a somewhat common expertise. The notifications system in iOS wants a serious overhaul.
To be clear, rumors recommend that there’s going to be an overhaul of the notification system with iOS 16. Consequently, this can be one of many few points that Apple truly does do one thing about. Right here’s hoping for the most effective.
Siri is ten years outdated
The craziest factor about Siri to me is how outdated it has develop into. I bear in mind when it launched with the iPhone 4s how insanely forward of the competitors it felt. You would discuss to a digital assistant and ask it something, from genuinely helpful queries to crazy questions resembling “Siri, what’s the that means of life”. Now, every time I take advantage of Siri, it seems like I’m utilizing the identical software program from ten years in the past. It’s simply sooner.
Siri is Apple’s long-time voice assistant, and it’s additionally extremely ineffective for any sophisticated job. The Google Assistant merely fares an entire lot higher, and a big a part of that’s due to the context that Google Assistant truly understands. For instance, I requested Siri what the climate was like in Dublin. I then requested when is it anticipated to rain, and it informed me that it was raining in my hometown proper now. In context, I requested Google the identical, and it understood that I used to be asking about rain in Dublin nonetheless. It’s the little issues like this that present simply how far behind Siri truly is.
These aren’t the one issues although. For those who ask Siri a query that might be Google-able, say, when the Bob’s Burgers film will probably be launched, you’ll be offered with a listing of hyperlinks to undergo and choose from. I requested Google the identical query, and was informed “In the USA of America, the Bob’s Burgers film got here out final Friday”. It’s the little issues, however a digital assistant ought to help. If I’m asking an assistant to discover a date for me, I don’t wish to sift by a bunch of hyperlinks to seek out the reply like some type of animal. I might have simply Googled it myself at that time.
So yeah, presently, Siri nonetheless sucks.
The house display screen is simply too restrictive
The house display screen is likely one of the least egregious points that I’ve with iOS, and that’s as a result of it’s each actually good, and actually annoying. On the one hand, it’s simplistic and it really works, and it’s a fairly good launcher all issues thought-about. It’s clean, the widgets are good (although took a LONG TIME to really launch), and it’s feature-packed. Then again, there are nonetheless fairly a number of points. For starters, the very fact it’s not potential to have clean areas anyplace on the house display screen is extremely annoying. It’s simply not potential to take a extra inventive method to the house display screen with out resorting to workarounds.
As nicely, widgets themselves are extremely restricted. As we famous in our wishlist, there are not any interactive widgets. You possibly can’t use the Music widget to pause/play/skip, for instance. This makes them so limiting — particularly because the legacy widgets help controlling an app or getting data with out launching the precise app. Rumors recommend some modifications to widgets in iOS 16, however none say that we’ll get correct interactivity.
There isn’t a common again gesture
Right here’s a curious omission on iOS that you just may not have essentially realized: there isn’t any common again gesture. Whereas each app usually has a solution to swipe from left to proper to return, it’s as much as the app the way it desires to include again gestures. Some apps will solely allow you to swipe again on the prime, others require you to press a again button on the prime left.
Consequently, a number of apps are likely to have it barely completely different, and just about no app means that you can swipe from proper to left to return, one thing that’s far more handy when holding the telephone in your proper hand. On Android, this isn’t the case, as a swipe on the appropriate or the left is dealt with by the system and despatched as an enter to the app to say that you just wish to return.
Animations are too gradual
iOS has some extraordinarily gradual animations
iOS has some extraordinarily gradual animations, to the purpose that I really feel like they decelerate my telephone. Closing apps, opening apps, animations inside apps… all of it feels so gradual. The Apple Bionic A15 can deal with all of it no query, but it’s irritating to make use of my iPhone once I wish to soar between completely different functions shortly. It’s a smaller gripe, however one that may generally get on my nerves. You possibly can allow “Scale back movement” within the accessibility settings, however I didn’t actually discover that it elevated the pace I might do issues on my telephone.
It’s nonetheless not likely potential to sideload apps
It might be amiss to speak about issues with iOS with out mentioning sideloading. It’s potential to do by the likes of AltStore, but it surely’s not a straightforward course of. To make use of emulators and different unapproved apps in your smartphone, you’ll want to put in and configure AltStore… you possibly can’t simply obtain an IPA file (the iPhone equal of an APK) and set up it. I by no means realized how a lot I appreciated that freedom till I used to be confronted with a prolonged and annoying course of simply to play Pokemon on my telephone. I don’t suppose this can ever be modified, however I’d find it irresistible a lot if it was.
Typing ought to be simpler
Provided that smartphones are smartphones, typing is likely one of the most essential issues we do on our telephones. Consequently, it ought to in all probability be probably the most frictionless expertise of the whole ordeal, however on iPhones, I can’t actually say that it’s.
Some of the irksome elements of typing is when one thing is autocorrected by a letter, and to repair it, you possibly can’t simply faucet into the middle of the phrase to vary it. You both have to backspace by the phrase or faucet to the top of it, then maintain on to the area bar and drag. It’s such a weird solution to make minor edits and might take manner too lengthy.
As nicely, and that is extra of a private choice, however I hate that I can sort a message and the final letter is auto-corrected in between me hitting enter, and the message truly being despatched.
What to anticipate in iOS 16 and when
iOS 16 is anticipated to reach at this 12 months’s Apple’s Worldwide Builders Convention (WWDC), and we’ve already heard a number of rumors of what to anticipate due to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Gurman purports that Apple will lastly introduce help for lock display screen widgets — by a brand new wallpaper format — and usher in an always-on show on upcoming iPhone 14 Professional fashions. Moreover, he states that he believes that Apple will help social network-like options within the Messages app.
WWDC is barely every week away, so we don’t have lengthy to attend till we discover out what’s new and what isn’t. Whereas iOS has a number of points, I believe that it’s nonetheless a very good working system, and enhancements and modifications are good for the whole smartphone ecosystem.
We’re excited, are you?