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On Apple’s “It Just Works” - Spoiler: Not Anymore

After watching Apple’s latest keynote, which was less than a stellar experience, we we’re still all excited to get our hands on the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8. But, yesterday was a bad day for a lot of people.

My daughter in law received her brand new iPhone 6 that will replace her aging iPhone 4S running the newly released iOS 8. She did a backup using the latest release of iTunes on her MacBook Air. She then wanted to restore to her new iPhone 6. After hours of trial and errors, she decided to setup her new iPhone as a new device and forget about restoring her data. She was pissed off. I fell sorry for her. After all, we all expect Apple to provide devices and services that just works. Well, I’m sorry to tell you: not anymore it seems.

This was the day iOS 8.0.1 update came out and disabled cellular and Touch ID on all iPhone 6 where the update got installed. This was disastrous enough for the news to be all over the place this morning. Oh, and while speaking of Apple on prime time, why not mention about the bendable iPhones too. Gosh.

I myself installed iOS 8 on all my devices and while this is a massive update, it comes with a lot of quirks too. I was anxious to use iCloud iPhoto Library to find out it is still in beta, just like iWork’s Page, Keynote and Numbers on icloud.com since they came out last year. HealthKit was pulled on last minute and apps will have to wait for iOS 8.0.2. 

What is going on? We could try to explain the situation and put forward some theories but the fact is that it isn’t just working anymore. We’ll have to wait for the next few months for the dust to settle and see Apple fix the problems. Because, there are many of them.

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JFMartin

If this is a leaked screenshot of iOS 8, as reported by 9to5mac.com, two things come to my mind: the icons aren’t iOS 7nized and doesn’t fit current iOS visual language. Second, I just don’t know why Apple would include Preview on iOS as we can, for example, as of today preview mail attachments without resorting to this app… why is that? I just don’t buy it.

If this is a leaked screenshot of iOS 8, as reported by 9to5mac.com, two things come to my mind: the icons aren’t iOS 7nized and doesn’t fit current iOS visual language. Second, I just don’t know why Apple would include Preview on iOS as we can, for example, as of today preview mail attachments without resorting to this app… why is that? I just don’t buy it.

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JFMartin

We don’t waste time thinking, ‘But it should be one [interface!]’ ‘How do you make these [operating systems] merge together?’ What a waste of energy that would be,” Schiller said. But he added that the company definitely tries to smooth out bumps in the road that make it difficult for its customers to switch between a Mac and an iOS device. For example, making sure its messaging and calendaring apps have the same name on both OS X and iOS.

To say [OS X and iOS] should be the same, independent of their purpose? Let’s just converge, for the sake of convergence? [It’s] absolutely a non-goal,” Federighi said. “You don’t want to say the Mac became less good at being a Mac because someone tried to turn it into iOS. At the same time, you don’t want to feel like iOS was designed by [one] company and Mac was designed by [a different] company, and they’re different for reasons of lack of common vision. We have a common sense of aesthetics, a common set of principles that drive us, and we’re building the best products we can for their unique purposes. So you’ll see them be the same where that makes sense, and you’ll see them be different in those things that are critical to their essence.

Apple executives - January 22th, 2014.

Happy to see that Apple isn’t considering merging iOS and OS X. Look at Microsoft and Windows 8 (for PC and Tablets) for a spectacular failure in this regard.

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JFMartin