Scorbing, on 13 November 2012 - 23:59, said:
And why is that? I own an iMac, an Apple TV, an iPad 3 and an iPhone 4S, but the truth is the truth. They need to do something about iOS. It needs to be redesigned. It needs to be more open so that people can make it their own. Let the user customize it any way they want without the need to use a Jailbreak. That's what I'm saying.
Ok, at the risk of being branded some form of Apple branded farm animal... such is the trend
I will give my opinion
Because iOS is distinctive, simple, works well and performs well. Changing it because people are 'just bored' seems fool hardy. The majority of people dislike change (see the Windows 8 rages) and its only the handful of tech enthusiasts and nerds/geeks that want things to constantly be reinvented and customised to OCD levels of intracasy.
It does exactly what it needs to do, I could care less that it has no live wallpapers or 'widgets' which people seem to call it out for. The value of those things seem dubious at best. I owned a Galaxy S2 last year after moving from an iPhone 3GS, and at first I loved it. Then I quickly started to realise that the widgets and animated wallpapers were of very little value to me, and I simply filled those home screens with App shortcuts. Which gave me something that looked like iOS (such was TouchWiz). Maybe thats not everyones experience but it was certainly mine.
I fully agree with you on general customisation, they could allow you to take things further than a simple wallpaper. For me I think a lot of the redesign would be on the lock screen. Having information presented from certain apps there, instead of just notifications. They could also do well to giving you the ability to 'default' apps on your device. So you could say, set Chrome as your default browser. Or maps etc.
I think there is lots of room for improvements, and they are slowly doing them, but a complete overhaul seems drastic and unnecessary. It should evolve of course, and I hope it does. With Mr Ives at the helm now I would hope to see some very interesting developments. There are things in Android that id love to see Apple compete with, such as Google Now.