Posted 13 September 2012 - 02:17
I've been running iOS 6 on my iPhone 4S since they first announced it months ago and I have to echo others statements here there just isn't much in it. It's mostly little refinements obvious changes there is no innovation here.
Steve Jobs liked to trot out this quote that if henry ford had asked people what they wanted they would have asked for a faster horse. Well that is what iOS 6 is. It's a faster horse. All the changes that have been made could easily have been predicted by users and indeed many of them were things we've been asking for. There is no innovation from Apple in this release, only logical evolution.
And maybe I'm being a bit selfish or undervaluing the work they've already put in to iOS, maybe I've been spoiled by Apples past releases that brought us the Application Store, Luke-warm-Multitasking & Notification centre. But if that is true Apple have only themselves to blame with each release they say their operating system is the most advanced, they use words like magical, innovative, the best on the planet. If you continually use marketing words like this when unveiling new products and software updates then your user base is going to expect great leaps with each new generation of product.
I feel like iOS 6 was a missed opportunity, I feel like it should have been a 5.5 update especially when you compare it to Jelly Bean which it too is more of an incremental update that improves performance and brings few new features but Google isn't saying it's Android 5.0, no it's 4.1 a x.1 release and that is exactly how iOS 6 feels, an incremental point release.
Beyond just iOS, I know this thread isn't for it but my sentiments about iOS 6 is pretty much how I feel about the iPhone 5 too. It's a taller iPhone 4S with a new dock connector, three microphones and a bizarre looking back. They sacrificed features like NFC and Inductive charging which I personally think are really cool features, just to have their phone be the thinnest and I think their priorities on that are all wrong. I want a smart phone not an anorexic phone.
A smart phone today means connectivity and sensors. Be that Bluetooth, WiFi, FM/AM Radios, LTE, Magnetometers, Compasses, GPS, Gyroscopes, Accelerometers and more. Phones today need to be as connected and aware of the world around them as possible that is real innovation that is what allows 3rd party developers to take a phone and turn it in to the Star Trek Tricorder we've always envisioned these devices becoming for them to say "It’s not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem" is just total rubbish. You can't know what people will do with a technology until you make it available we never envisioned that augmented reality would exist on these devices until Apple provided enough sensors to make it reliable and accurate.
I'm disappointed not just in the phone they unveiled or the OS it runs but their whole tunnel-vision philosophy it feels wrong and I just can't buy in to this or them at this point, I think I've spent my last dime on an Apple phone and I'm probably gonna buy a Samsung device in the coming months, most likely after Google announce the next Nexus device.