Apple After Steve Jobs

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

While looking at www.apple.com for the iPhone 5 one thing came up to my mind. It is surprising to see the visual space Apple reserve for the physical device compared to the software side. It seems Apple reserve nearly all the space for physical device details and show less and less about the software. I would tend to think that Apple could balance the visual cues between the hardware details and the software to follow their design philosophy. After all, what makes the iPhone so cool and enjoyable to use it the balance and integration of the software with this hardware.

While looking at www.apple.com for the iPhone 5 one thing came up to my mind. It is surprising to see the visual space Apple reserve for the physical device compared to the software side. It seems Apple reserve nearly all the space for physical device details and show less and less about the software. I would tend to think that Apple could balance the visual cues between the hardware details and the software to follow their design philosophy. After all, what makes the iPhone so cool and enjoyable to use it the balance and integration of the software with this hardware.

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JFMartin