iOS has been out for a little while now so I thought I would share my experiences with this new OS. Firstly, I have 2 Apple devices, an iPhone 4 (which will be covered in this post) and an iPad 2 (not updating thanks to my experiences).
I updated my phone the first day of release in Australia and it all went smoothly, easy update and after the restart I actually noticed the performance had actually improved! Most of my apps loaded smoothly and faster than previously. I liked the new design tweaks, it honestly looks sleek and beautiful. Naturally I was impressed, however this would be short lived…
When a Phone isn’t a Phone
Ok, the first and foremost function that a smartphone should excel at is calling and messaging! It is a phone after all! This is where my experiences with iOS 6 go to hell. Since updating, I have experienced issues with the phone app and the messaging app, and they aren’t little annoying bugs. They are device crippling bugs which need to be addressed, and should have been addressed before the release!
Numerous times I have gone to call numbers for the phone app to close off after I have pressed the call button. How does this happen Apple? Seriously I want to know. How can you produce a phone OS when the very function of the phone is bugged out?
So now lets move on to the messaging app, yup you guessed it crashing… now this is so bugged out it crashes when receiving and sending messages, awesome stuff. This happens numerous times during the day, it would make an interesting drinking game. I get the notification through that I have received a new message, open the app for it to close off automatically after a hang. Sending a message, hangs and then closes off.
Also Kristine (also using iOS 6) has experienced messages that I have sent disappearing from her phone… ironically we were talking about Apple’s failures with iOS 6, but what if these messages were important?
I’m not alone either. You just need to check out the Apple Support Forums to check out the bug plagued OS. So the solution to this? A full system restore on my phone, not a huge issue, but it is a pain and I shouldn’t have to do it period. How does this not get sorted in testing?
Music / Podcast App
A sneaky change that happened with iOS6 is the removal of Podcasts from the Music App to Apple’s own Podcast app. The question I want to ask here is why fix something that isn’t broken? Podcasts worked fine in the Music App, they functioned as they should and we could access them normally.
Now I can see the advantages to this, the Podcast App does manage your subscriptions and you can download episodes on the fly, in that sense it is great. But, Apple has yet again removed the choice from consumers, why are we not allowed to choose to have the podcasts in the Music App if we wish?
Now Jacqui Cheng over at Ars Technica noted an issue with this change with playlists in here article Apple Giveth Apple Taketh Away, and the inability to add podcasts to playlists. This is not my personal experience but a point I felt should be noted.
I am a heavy podcast user, I get most of my news and information through podcasts. My experience with the podcast app is one that is similar to the phone and messaging app, it crashes unexpectedly, while listening, loading, and browsing podcasts. The app is flakey and doesn’t work!
Now it wouldn’t be an iOS 6 post without talking about the failed Apple Maps, even Apple issued an apology… I used this app once, hated it and haven’t touched it since. I house sit, and just after I updated I had a new client contact me and ask if I could visit them and discuss some house sitting… I thought I’ll try out Apple Maps.
To its credit it did find the location I needed, first step completed. I was approximately about 7 KMs away from my destination, but Apple Maps literally said I was around the corner, this totally borked directions. Good thing I was a local and could find my way easily. But again, how does this not come up through testing? How can an app be so broken and it seemingly passes through testing and is incorporated into a final release of a product?
Suffice to say I won’t be using Apple Maps again. For a solution to this I recommend using Google Map’s iOS in-browser app by visiting maps.google.com on your iPhone.
I regret updating my phone to iOS 6, it is an unfinished product. It is bugged so much that it feels like a public beta. If you haven’t upgraded then don’t! Keep with 5 until at least 6.1, hopefully by then most of the bugs will be sorted!
Regardless of the podcast and map apps,I am having issues using my iPhone as an actual phone, that is a fundamental failure on Apple’s part. I mean without the phone functioning what am “i” left with? Exactly…