Having spent a very long time using smart devices and writing content about smart devices, there is an overarching feeling of everything being a bit rubbish.
From numerous bugs and glitches to lazy code writing preventing cool features from operating properly, no mobile operating system is sadly without fault.
And so, following on from last week’s article 5 reasons why Android sucks, here’s five reasons why iOS (iPhone) is pretty awful too.
Warning: This article contains a lot of opinions and hard truths.
5. Proprietary cables are awful
Apple accessories are expensive and, despite every other smartphone working with micro USB, the iPhone requires it’s own special cable.
Why? Because reasons.
People have suggested that it was chosen for the sole purpose of benefit to the user because it’s reversible and charges quicker and is compatible with docks and speakers (even though micro USB is too, and you have a headphone jack as well as Bluetooth for this, and when it was launched everyone had to scrap their old, fully functioning speakers and docks because they didn’t support the lightning USB cable).
More likely, however, is that Apple can reasonably charge £20 for this cable whilst micro USB cables cost considerably less and most everyone has one lying around. “For the user”, eh?
4. Pricing is awful
The iPhone 6, launched in the September of 2014, features a 720p display, an 8mp camera, 1GB of RAM and a 1810mAh battery.
The second generation Motorola Moto G (also released in the September of 2014) features a 720p display, an 8mp camera, 1GB of RAM and a 2070mAh battery.
If that doesn’t make sense to you: the higher the number the better. The reverse is true for pricing, of course, and the iPhone 6 launched for £619 whilst the second generation Moto G launched for £139.
Sure, the Moto G is running on Android and that might not fly for some people, and the iPhone 6 has considerably better build quality, but is it worth £480? No. No it isn’t.
3. Specifications are awful
The iPhone, at launch, was the best of the best in terms of smartphones. It was revolutionary.
Now, it’s on par with phones of 2012 in terms of specifications.
Apple can talk all they want about their incredibly innovative new processor and display technology, but it’s all just smoke and mirrors. Or rather, marketing and buzzwords. That’s right; the iPhone 6 isn’t innovative in the slightest.
As said earlier, 1GB of RAM and a 720p display. Apple, you know that that isn’t good enough; you have a “5k” monitor and are renowned for having good display technology, yet you release a phone with a lower resolution that even the cheapest of netbooks? Come on now, guys.
Their flashy new processor is only dual-core, too, at 1.3GHz. Even budget phones, the aforementioned Moto G included, are better than that.
2. Developer permissions are awful
That title is probably a bit confusing, so allow me to explain: on Android, there’s very little that developers can’t do; draw over other apps? Sorted. Launch other apps? Cool. Largely recode several parts of the operating system to convert your phone into a fully fledged computer capable of running fully fledged pieces of software? Calm down there, but yeah, go ahead.
The iPhone, in contrast, let’s developers create an app that is confined within its own space. This is why Facebook Messenger’s chat heads don’t work on iPhone, and why you have to exit the app you’re currently on to reply to text messages or emails.
It’s stunted development of iPhone apps massively, and Apple doesn’t care. The more closed their system is, the more money they figure they can make. And on that note…
1. iOS is awful
But it doesn’t have to be.
iOS is considerably smoother than Android, features better apps and games and runs a lot better on the arguably gimped hardware.
So why, why, is Apple keeping it to themselves?
Google figured out long ago that they could make more money by letting their system be free for anyone to use, raking in the cash from the proprietary storefront, Google Play.
Sure, there are contenders: namely the likes of Amazon, who offer an alternate store with different regulations and prices, but as of this moment Play is still on top, and Google make enough to pay their staff and continue development.
If iOS was unleashed to the world as a free piece of kit, innovation would explode for smartphones as the 18% of smartphone users that love iPhone would have alternatives. If Apple were to let the reigns loosen a tiny bit, so much good would come to their OS. They’d have to work harder to improve their phones, but that isn’t a bad thing at all.
And that’s my biggest issue with iPhone: Apple’s refusal to let iOS be free is holding back the smartphone industry by many years, and that isn’t looking as if it’s going to be changing any time soon.