iOS 10 Flaws

15 01 2017

Steve Jobs agreed to Alan Kay’s saying “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.”.

Now it’s time to swear developers to quality.

Every year users run into new features causing a new set of problems, which in some cases we were already faced with in earlier versions.

All that glitters is not gold.

Here are just a few examples which verify that this saying is also valid for iOS. There are 18k different Android based devices (which is a nightmare for OS developers) but only a few iOS devices. So there is no good reason for severe issues on Appple’s mobile devices after seeding lots of betas.

Let me start with the most annoying bug (for me) because I live in Thailand, a country where you usually won’t see street names or house numbers.

01 Wrong positioning in MAPS after using MARKED LOCATION for the creation of a new contact

02 Unresponsive ASSISTIVE TOUCH control

03 Erratic switching from portrait into landscape mode (on iPhone 6S Plus)

04 Already updated apps are often shown as UPDATES a second time although the newer version was already installed

05 Search in APP STORE app doesn’t show the app even when its name was entered

06 Poor CLIPBOARD which still supports just one entry

07 More and more iOS APPLICATIONS which cannot be used worldwide or which are not adapted to different countries (Apple Pay, News, Siri, Health, etc)

08 Too often asking for the Apple ID PASSWORD even if 2-Step Verification is enabled

09 Just showing the last 2 digits of phone numbers in the verification dialogue of 2-STEP VERIFICATION can be annoying 

10 Users are still stay in the dark about features supporting 3D TOUCH even in Apple’s built-in applications. Sometimes it works sometimes not and Apple should forbid ad in 3D Touch menus.

11 WiFi and Bluetooth switches are in the CONTROL CENTER but a switch for CELLULAR DATA is still missing

12 SETTINGS/CONTROL CENTER not configurable

13 FLASHLIGHT cannot be switched on/off without waking up the iPhone and opening Control Center

14 Restoring data for a specific app from an iCLOUD BACKUP not possible

15 Many suggestions in the actions menu for using apps via the “OPEN IN” command are nonsense

16 Focusing on iMESSAGES isn’t the right priority because 80% of the world’s smartphone users are on Android-based devices

17 Adding another 100 EMOJIS is ridiculous

18 A too strong focus on SIRI is not welcome. Do you like to sit in a bus or restaurant and bear 50 people talking to their smartphones?

19 AI includes successful understanding of human SPEECH. This is only the case for simple sentences (and a fast online connection). Believe me, we won’t see smartphones as reliable translators in the near future.

20 For me it’s ridiculous to ask Siri wether there is enough milk left in my refrigerator. HOME KIT is a feature that Apple wants us to go for. 

21 PHOTOS cannot be set in an individual sort order; inconsistency in deleting a photo regarding Shared folders and Albums; photos cannot be solely saved in albums (that means they should be deleted/hidden in All Photos)

22 Notes can be password protected but this security feature is not available for PHOTOS (e.g. of a credit card)

23 iCLOUD DRIVE cannot be fully managed by the same-named app

24 MULTITASKING is still embryonic; tasks initiated by an app are immediately stopped after switching to an other app

25 SANDBOX mode increases the security and stability of a system but in case of Apple’s implementation it’s also responsible for a giant redundancy when using one file in many apps

26 REMINDERS with the Option “Repeat” are only sent once to an Apple Watch

27-99 aren’t big affairs.

… and yes, I also have battery issues.

Last but not least

In my humble opinion Apple shouldn’t be so proud about more than 2m available apps in the App Store. There are far too many apps which might fulfill Apple’s guidelines but are of horrible quality even if users have to pay for them. In addition to this their guidelines should be revised in that developers should be bound to a more standardized UI.

This is a really big challenge for Apple’s quality control department. It’s an inevitable step to stop the uncontrolled growth. Apple is the world’s #1 in making profits so it should be a good move to extend the software quality control massively.

What did Steve Jobs tell us?

You‘ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.

Note
My device was checked by the Apple Support and all the aforementioned points are not device-specific.

More …

Quality Management

Problems and Fixes (hopefully)

Thanks for reading.





iOS Feedback

19 12 2016

Dear iOS developers.

Why don’t we have this landscape mode on other iPhones than the Plus series?

The form factor of the smaller sibling is not too small. I tried it out on a handcrafted dummy with the exact size of an iPhone 7 and a fixated true to scale screenshot of the 7 Plus.

So what are your arguments to not enable this feature?

Thanks in advance.





More and more things go wrong

17 12 2016

There’s something going wrong with the quality management for iOS and watchOS.
Some years ago users weren’t faced with so many bugs in iOS. An update like watchOS 3.1.1 bricking devices which can only be repaired by an Apple Store? Inconceivable.


Apple
,

if you want to be a damn sight better than your competitors, it’s time for improvements and possibly bring the work of some responsible people into question.
Quality Management means to get your enemies on board. Their single target always must be to let your developments crash.

Just do it.

The highest prices in the mobile market and a buggy OS do not fit together.





Bugs

16 11 2016

Inextricably linked with apps are small animals which most aggressive life forms are well-known from tropical areas and called BUGS.


Today we have them also massively in temperate zones and they are distributed for free by Apple, Google, medium-sized companies, and individual enterprises via Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.
More about mobile apps …

About Apps

Although bugs don’t like chemicals, do not use them inside or outside your iThing. I’m sure it won’t be a case for Apple Care.

Thanks for dropping by.





Siri and Watson

26 10 2016

Q4 results of Apple may be disappointing for some people but innovation takes time. They are in a transition phase from selling hardware to making profits with services. 


The APPLE-IBM partnership will boost businesses and AI on mobile devices.

IBM extends Watson

Thanks (Dr.) Watson.





The Control Center

26 09 2016

which urgently needs improvements.

30% – 50% of the Control Center’s area (depending on the display Mode) is useless for me personally and I’m sure for many other users as well.

I do not use

AirPlay, AirDrop, Night Shift

but I would like to have an On/Off control for the cellular data connection. A smartphone is a personal device and so users do have their very personal preferences. The OS should reflect this fact.  

Apple, why is the Control Center in iOS 10 still not configurable? 

Thanks for reading.





Welcome to the iOS family 

16 09 2016

iOS 10
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

See this concept map (created with the app INSPIRATION on an iPhone 6S Plus) which shows all iOS versions in relation to all iPhone models on which they can be installed.

It started with compatibility to 2 models. Since iOS 6 the installation on the actual model and 3 predecessors is supported. With iOS 7 and 8 Apple’s mobile OS is ready to install on 5 models. iOS 10 now supports 7 iPhone iterations and these iPad models: iPad Pro 12.9″, iPad Pro 9.7″, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4th gen, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2.

 

 

Some people argue that less fragmentation isn’t as important as Apple officials tell us on the company’s yearly events. Well, stats about iPhone device share (Localytica, 2016) tell us that usually more than 60% of iOS users are on older devices (with a higher percentage for the iPad) but like to benefit from improved OS versions. This is proofed by extremely high adoption rates (about 80%).

Alan Kay is one of the key people who have shaped the way we are using computers today. He can be seen as the key scientist behind the graphical user interface and the object-oriented programming. Regarding Apple’s success the most important thing Steve Jobs overtook from Alan Kay was the belief that

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.

Jobs made it to one of the core principles of Apple.

Less fragmentation is just one of the benefits Apple brings to its customers and it’s possible because they build both, hardware and software. Customers love the durability of their iPhones giving them an extraordinary resale value. Beside customers thousands of happy developers can see their apps running on old iPhone young timers, a not to be underestimated economic factor.
Of course not all features of updated operating systems are available for older devices. 3D-Touch for example needed a new touch screen technology.

Anyway …

“There is a huge difference between market share of units and usage share. We’re about selling the best and having the best experience and having the happiest customers. Happy generally means using more.”
(Tim Cook)

Start being creative. Read about the app

INSPIRATION

if you are interested in creating awesome infographics.

Thanks for surfing by.








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