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5 reasons to hate iOS… sort of

Many people seem to be overly enamoured with Apple’s mobile operating system. In fact many fan boys (and girls) refuse to admit that there is anything wrong with iOS and that the iPhone is the greatest invention since electricity (which was essentially only invented to power iDevices).

I like to think that I’m impartial to operating systems: I work on an iMac running Mac OS X, I have a Windows 7 laptop at home, I have an iPad as my tablet of choice, I use a BlackBerry as my primary cellphone and I’m currently reviewing phones running Android and Windows Phone 7.5.

iOS is the most popular tablet operating system on the planet and the second most popular operating system for smartphones in the lucrative United States market. Being the biggest though doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the best, so here are the 5 reasons I hate iOS, kind of, sort of, whatever.

  1. The App Store: Apple’s App Store is probably the single best feature of iOS. With hundreds of thousands of apps, the App Store is the repository for everything that makes an iOS device more than just silicon and glass. The problem in South Africa is that we don’t get any of the best parts of the store. No music, games, TV shows or movies. This means that the only way you can access content is by specifically breaking the terms of use of the iDevice that you are using by saying that you come from the US or another similarly well-endowed market place.
  2. The keyboard: This hate stems directly from the iPhone. If you own an Android phone, then you have likely downloaded a third-party keyboard like Swype or SwiftKey. The ability to control your input method allows you to be comfortable with how you interact with your cellphone. Apple’s keyboard is great on the iPad, but on the iPhone, the keyboard is too cramped (unless you have toothpick fingers) and often results in a slowed typing experience as you spend time correcting your errors before you send you message.
  3. Autocorrect: You know something is going wrong when there is a website dedicated to how badly your autocorrect feature has screwed up people’s messages. The iOS autocorrect can cause you some serious emotional strain when your message doesn’t say “tucking your kids in bed”.
  4. Siri: The personal assistant that you can talk to was essentially the only reason to upgrade your phone from the iPhone 4 to the 4S. The problem with Siri is that at least half of the features are only available in the US. The other big problem, unless your accent mirrors one from the US or the UK, is that you are frequently left having to repeat yourself to Siri so many times that you may as well have typed everything in because it would have been faster.
  5. The notification dock: Apple was under the hammer from Android in 2011. The Google-owned operating system was soaring into the lead in the smartphone race in the US and the rest of the world for that matter. The Cupertino-based company released iOS 5 showing off the new iPhone 4S and along with it a new notification dock. The addition mirrored similar functionality in Android and even in certain Symbian phones. The problem I have with it: it’s clearly not an Apple idea, from a design and operation standpoint, it’s messy and only resulted in every single application getting a banner and a pop up to distract from your user experience.

In a large screen application like the iPad, iOS seems to be by far and away the best operating system. It’s easy to use and easy to teach. But in the iPhone they have a lot of things to fix to convince me that it’s worth my time.

Later this year we’ll undoubtedly see the introduction of the next iPhone and iOS iteration. Until then though, I will continue to hate iOS, sort of… on the iPhone that is.

Author Bio

David Greenway
David is a Johannesburg based technology enthusiast with an insatiable thirst for information. He tends to get excited over hardware more than software and will often be the one in the room going "It’s got 10 cores, 32GB of RAM and a 4.8" Super High Definition 4k screen oh... More
  • Hennie

    Bah Humbug…this article is just silly o_O The article should rather say “5 reasons why South Africa sucks in the digital age” 🙂
    > The Appstore is the only functional app store of any kind in the world..yes it does suck in South Africa…but that’s because of the stupid music laws that we have…and yes, I’m currently abiding in Alaska which is a tax-free zone on the US itunes store (hint hint) 🙂
    > I’ve got big fingers but find no problem with typing on the keyboard…given, autocorrect is switched off because I type mostly in Afrikaans…but the “suggest” option works beautifully when you select a word that is red-underlined and it is very smooth…I use this function all the time on my Mac as well.
    > Work long enough with Siri it starts learning your accent…
    > I love Notification Centre…I did disable most of the notifications so it only notifies me of important things…but that’s just a simple option to select…
    Yes, I’m a macfanboy 🙂 that is my defense and my excuse 🙂

  • > Whether or not the reasons are South Africa specific, the fact that I live in South Africa means that it is a problem for me (well not really, I faked a US account)

    > I find that because I have to use the ‘suggest’ option it slows me down terribly, only on the iPhone though, the iPad’s keyboard is beautifully spaced.

    > Using Siri is just about the most pointless excercise in SA. It doesn’t have any features that would qualify as being useful. By the time you make an appointment and eit it (to fix the crap that Siri has translated your words into) you may as well have typed it yourself.
    > When you look at iOS everything in its design methodology is about splitting the screen to reveal more. The Folders and the dock, reminders are pulled down over the top of everything, it is a blatant copy of other people’s work and clearly doesn’t add functionality the same way it does in Android

    All that being said, I think the iPhone is a fantastic piece of engineering, and iOS is a great OS on the iPad. I just think that there are glaring issues with it.

    Look out for my next piece though:
    5 reasons to hate Android… sort of

  • you are a faggot

    this is shit, you are shit

  • just a reader

    Are you running out of contributors because this article is really weak.

  • Venu Kuruganti

    ROFL at no. 4! I’ve never used iOS so I don’t know if that is true or not but it sure as hell is funny! That doesn’t happen on Win Mo