Apple’s perfect right? Well, not quite….
I guess Jony Ive doesn’t use his laptop in bed, or ever rest it on his lap. Well a lot of us do - and its virtually impossible without the power cord coming out - even spawning additional plugs to stop it falling out like the Mag Stay:
This is a shocking design flaw. It was a problem with Magsafe 1 but has been made worse by a seeminly weaker magnetic connection, and going back to the T connector, which places the wire at right angles to the laptop.
Not auto-updating iOS Apps
WHY? I don’t even have that many apps, and I have to manually click ‘update’ every day at least once.
I can see no reason for this (surely not bandwidth?).
If you’re going to put an app on everyone’s device (rather than a website), your life is already a lot harder as a developer. Ensuring everyone has the latest version of the app automatically helps users, developers - everyone. At least give us the option to auto-update, or allow devs to force updates.
iPhone lock screen (play/pause, back, forward)
If your phone is locked & you’re playing music, the buttons are way too close together. Constantly I click forward or back on a track by accident, instead of play/pause, and have for years. There’s space - just move the buttons further apart.
Turn off Cell, Keep WiFi on
Every night for the past 4 years I have put my phone on flight mode, then gone into wifi and re-enabled it - because you can’t turn the cell off - and keep wifi on (which I might like to do before I go to sleep, but not get woken by the cell).
It’s a constant, small irritation.
iTunes is the dirty, smelly, unshaven dude of MacOS - sitting in the corner, resplendent in a thigh high pile of his own faeces. Only flies love him.
The new iTunes 11 has some nice elements - but you know what they say about polishing a turd. It’s yet more crap, layered on top of code that’s clearly ancient (just try right clicking on a song - then left clicking). And what’s with the tiny display?
Start again with a totally new app - maybe run it parallel to iTunes for a couple of years and hey - how about subscription audio?
Lack of Cases
My Bauhaus inspired MacBook Air, has a wetsuit case. WTF. What case does Jony Ive use on his laptop?
How many people have a cheap novelty case on their iPhone - partly because there’s no gorgeous Apple option?
I’ve never understood this - a good case is an integral, daily part of the user experience. You started with the iPad case, finish the job.
Samsung TV’s have, here in the UK anyway, a BBC iPlayer App, Channel 4 and ITV (free to air channels - with iOS apps already). The AppleTV has virtually no useful apps. What about games?
If Apple are working on this area - why not move that forward now, it’s a no brainer.
AppleTV ALWAYS drops out
Enough said - it’s never been reliable to me. Neither has AirPlay/AirTunes - always dropping out or not being discoverable at all, on various networks. Very un-Apple.
I’ve written about Skeumorphism before
Forstall is gone, Ive is in charge - hopefully this is gone for good
Why can’t I backup / sync my Mac with iCloud? (like Dropbox)? Why can’t I share files on it? It seems like Apple did a lot of boring stuff with iCloud, without any of the cool stuff. It still feels glitchy, when I restore my phone for example, it suggests 5 email addresses for each service I have to log into - of other people?!
The notes App is STILL losing notes. I sync notes across MacOS & my iPhone 5.
Before iOS 6 it lost synched notes *all the time* - which can be serious. It improved a lot but this still has a bug and has lost 2 notes over the last 2 days. This isn’t rocket science Apple - why do you keep screwing this up?
Is it alt, option or some unmemorable symbol ⌥ (that’s not even on the key). Is it the Apple key (where’s the Apple symbol gone?) or the command key or the other weird squiggle key?
How many frikking names do you need for each key? Why have a symbol for each but only put one on the command key?
Why isn’t there a delete key (in PC parlance - there is only a backspace key). This makes text editing WAY more efficient - I have used a key remapping program to do this to my | key (but this is not without issues).
There is no good way to right click (or control click) on a Mac Trackpad. Having used a Mac as my only machine for 6 months, Windows is still better at this.
Two finger tapping is a little slower (I find fractionally staggering the impact of both fingers helps reliability but slows things down) - and doesn’t always work. You can map it to the right side of the track pad but that’s a long way over and not clearly marked in either a visual or tactile way.
I just don’t trust right click on Macs, often doing it multiple times if I get no response.
Another area that’s better in Windows. Maximize fills the whole screen area (without going full screen). No brainer, copy it from Windows (like you did with resizing windows from any corner).
No 3G/4G in laptops
Windows laptops have had sim card slots in for 5+ years now. I have to think this is coming but having a cheap plasticy dongle hanging out of my Air is gross; super inelegant - and it wont even fit in when the magsafe 2 power is in.
Podcasting iOS App
It took Apple years to come up with an app on iOS that allowed you to download podcasts directly. When it came out - it was awful, didn’t work on iPhone 4, crashed all the time and was full of ridiculous skeuomorphism. A tiny codeshop created Downcast - which was available years earlier and kills it - Bizarre.
It looks basically the same as when it launched in 2007. A grid of icons. Others, specially Windows phone are doing a lot of interesting stuff with live tiles.
Now Ive has taken over all human interface design at apple, I expect to see some innovation.
oh did I say 11? Sorry they kept coming…