That Fox News is biased toward conservative causes and President Trump is not much of an arguable point. Likewise, the same holds true but in the other direction with MSNBC. I watch both. Also, I watch CNN, and read and listen to a variety of so-called news sources so I can be more informed, and that allows me to understand the difference between factual news, fake news, and opinion. We have too little of the former, and too much of the latter two.
A few days ago the anti-Apple technology website ZDNet ran an article by the seemingly anti-Apple journalist Adrian Kingsley-Hughes.
I don’t think Apple can fix the iOS mess it’s created
Really? It’s a mess? I like iOS 11.x. So far, best iOS version ever. Bugs? Of course. All software– iOS, Android, Windows 10, macOS High Sierra, Linux-whatever– has bugs, but there are few showstoppers in any of them.
Even the issues that Kingsley-Hughes wrote about are not issues I’ve run into, so maybe he’s holding it wrong.
Apple has turned iOS from a sleek, streamlined, easy-to-use operating system into a ghastly horror show
“Ghastly horror show.” Is that something like a “toxic hell stew” that was used to describe Android’s security problems? I suspect they are similar. Is there anything else about iOS we should know about?
- Performance: I would go as far as to say that iOS performance is at its worst. The fact that there are frame drops and stuttering present on brand new hardware is a massive FAIL.
- Stability: I’ll be honest and say that iOS stability isn’t the worst I’ve seen it, but for a premium product, that’s not really a glowing recommendation.
- Bugginess: The number of ways that Apple has dropped the ball on this front in the past few months is just unbelievable.
- Usability: I remember when Apple cared about usability. iOS usability is now garbage.
iOS usability is garbage. Put your iPhones on eBay and sign up with Consumer Cellular because Apple is doomed.
Funny thing. True story, too. Not everyone who read Kingsley-Hughes hit piece agrees. Me, for one. BGR’s Zach Epstein is another, so that’s two. Regarding performance issues cited in ZDNet, Epstein says:
Have you noticed this on your phone or tablet? Probably not. We spoke to many, many iPhone users after this issue presented itself a few years ago, and no one knew what we were talking about. What’s more, the few people who claimed that they had noticed the issue didn’t care about it in the slightest. In fact, I’m not sure a more trivial “problem” exists in iOS.
How can it be trivial if it’s a massive fail? Something is wrong here.
As far as bugginess goes, the only evidence offered by the author is a link to one of his colleague’s blog posts, where he calls iOS a “toxic hellstew,” lists eight iOS bugs, and writes laughable things like “iOS, due to its proprietary code and completely closed development model
Kingsley-Hughes grumbles about iOS usability and gives as the only example iPhone’s Control Center and how Force Touch varies from option to option.
But short of pawing at them randomly, there’s no visual way to tell which buttons conceal hidden features and which don’t.
That’s because you have to press them– using the Force Touch built into iOS and iPhone– to see what is below each one. Then, shamelessly, Apple asks you to remember what is hidden below each button, but if you don’t, you can press it again.
Normally, I would castigate such drivel with an ice pick, but Epstein– one of the boys in Genius Report, said it best.
This is what happens when you take a few ideas that have been swimming around in your head and blow them out of proportion. You end up with a sensationalized take full of exaggerations and laughable claims. Does iOS have bugs and usability issues? Hell yes, it does. Is the platform in a state of disrepair that is any more severe than any other mobile OS or desktop platform? Nope. Is iOS so far gone that there’s no way Apple will ever be able to fix it? That is easily the stupidest notion I’ve heard in a long time.
This is a good example of how ZDNet has become a harbinger of fake news– information which is opinion only, and aimed at the most visible technology product, laced with poisonous diatribes for that which is not a big deal to anybody else on planet earth.
ZDNet’s writers need more fiber in the their diets because their headlines are constipated and their anti-Apple bias is laced with methane.