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The Mobile Contrarian: iOS 6 and its disappointing "new" features

0. phoneArena posted on 12 Jun 2012, 08:56

In case you missed the last few hours of news from pretty much every tech source around, iOS 6 was announced today, and Apple finally showed us all of the upgrades and features that will be available when iOS 6 launches in the fall...

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posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:03 6

29. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Apple is making a terrible mistake, the same one RIM made. They are sticking to their guns,refusing to innovate in the mistaken belief that they have a captive customer base that will remain loyal and purchase inferior products, just to look hip and cool. They are being left behind, and playing catch up more often than not.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:58

81. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

the difference is, blackberry fans are smarter. They know that their ship was sinking. Apple fans could be 6 feet underwater before they will try to abandon ship.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:31 5

15. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Great article, as usual, Michael H. I'm a bit surprised you didn't also compare some of the Windows Phone features as well, now that you're using one.

Apple has a lot to learn and is really needing to play catch-up, and it's not looking good for them.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:33 5

16. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

I prefer timely updates to whatever so called feutures.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:36 6

17. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Best article of PA ever!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:38 5

18. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Michael H., are you the owner of PhoneArena.com?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:48 3

19. Scyllax (unregistered)

A good read. Cannot argue more. Those are the reasons that even though that android has a horrible fragmented ecosystem, it doesn't really bother that much. It can function at its best as a smartphone.. and most importantly even better than an iPhone running the "latest" version of iOS.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:55 1

23. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)

I agree.. But let see what Google has to offer on their upcoming "Android Jellybean 4.1" announcement..

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:57 3

26. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)

And in the near future, I find it more likely that android will become more stable, then iOS will become more complex...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:05 5

30. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

JB will be major bug fixes and maybe a feature or 2. its nothing for everyone to get nutty about. Besides, its so far ahead of iOS at this point, whats the hurry to keep adding things? lol. But google will. they always add new things.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:04 1

51. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

the same thing I was thinking on the the ipad not changing much in design.. the own the tablet market. Android is so far behind.. what's the hurry...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:12 1

55. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

apple doesnt own the market by wide margins. until the last quarter, it barely had 50% of the market. Had android sales not slowed down in the tablet space, they would have taken over the market.

Whats the hurry? Android tablets can do hundreds of things apple tablets cant at a fraction of the cost while still retaining quality. When Windows8 hits the scene they will have an even more major competitor. ICS is going to bring Android to the front of iOS in the tablet space. And W8 should knock them both around.

You cant rest on your logo forever. Sooner or later you have to prove that your better than the competition and pound for pound, iOS cant do that.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:56 1

80. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

that's your problem remix.. coming to a debate with .."wait until WP tablets are release"... always talking in the future and right now having 50% is owning the market as the other 50 are split into Android. windows, and others...so please Apple owns the market and even even in PA have stated so take it like a man..

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 15:05 1

94. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

they have 50-60% of the market. the rest of the market is android. thats not a big swing. W8 is going to take more from apple sales then from android sales. Bet ya on that.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 15:51 1

97. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

wow now thats so ooverboard.. so acording to your percentage.. Android sohould be around 40%.. now you are dreaming.. remix.. ohh well only your mom can help you now...

just read that is 68 % Apple dominance.. proven wrong again. remix.. or you think is a close race?...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:23 2

42. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

JB will be a performance enhancing update, like Gingerbread. The token visible addition will likely be the newsstand app.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 03:01

122. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

Since it is "performance enhancing" do you think JB will be released on most devices that are getting or already have ICS?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:52 3

21. rajamass (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

Best ever article on PA, keep going

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:56 2

24. akita256 (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)

Good article. I think the new features are disappointing as well. I don't understand why so many people keep buying their phones. I also don't understand how Apple can keep going around suing other companies when about everything that was announced is a copy of what Android already offers.

To repeat a point I made yesterday.......where can one go to see a list of the entire "200" new features? We keep seeing the same 12-15 or so mentioned, but I want to see the entire list........if there really are 200 new features that is. And I can't believe that new keyboard options weren't included.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:43 1

35. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 438; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

1/3 of them start with (Siri can now...)
2/3 of them were "catch up features"
And whatever is left was a direct ripoff from android.
There I said it. :)

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:59 6

28. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

I would have liked iOS6 to have been less.. well.. "me too". For all the apple and fanboy claims of everyone copying iOS, that really seems to be all they are doing. Wheres the new ORIGINAL big idea? If your going to make it more like android, why not just buy an android?

BTW, i reject the idea that apple "waits until its matured" while google "releases betas". While the later is true for a large portion, apple is not "maturing" anything. Their products are prone to no less bugs than the competition. They are just holding back launch windows and releasing apps with fewer options to say it works better. If google releases a beta with 30 options and 25 of them working well... and apple releases a similar "matured" app, with 12 options and all of them working, which one is the better app? I'll take the one with more working options please.

Apple needed to bring it in a big way.. and they didnt. The i5 better be nothing less than amazing or this is officially where you can mark apple's long term market downslide. Yea, sure they will get an uptick when the i5 launches, but it wont be a long term thing. Android and Windows8 will eat that uptick within a few months.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:55 1

37. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Google releases Betas to get customer feedback. Probably why most Google apps don't receive complaints as much as say Siri, because they're pretty much what the users suggested to Google.

Siri on the other hand, remains Beta to this day because the only people working on it are the programmers at Apple.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:24 1

43. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

maybe "matured" isn't the right word, but Apple tends to release products that are more well thought out at least.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:31

45. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

iOS is like a base honda civic. its gonna get you from A to B and be relatively issue free, but your not going to see any major additions from release to release, and your never going to be on the top of the pile as far as features or power. When civic owners get a new edition with new features they are exctatic as long as they dont look around and see that all the competitors have had the feature for quite a while.

I dunno.. like I said, I was hoping they would bring it to the table and they didnt. Its been long enough since SJ's death that if Cook wanted to make changes to iOS6 he could have. iOS6 and the i5 really needed to be a "1 - 2 punch" to keep them high in the game, and so far theyve missed.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:11

54. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

agree with ya Remix

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:33 3

32. yemaat2000 (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


Your writing is superb. After I started reading the article, five lines gone and I was sure it was Michael, I checked and was not disappointed. My best part in the article is '(just remember: Android is "fragmented", not iOS!)', and it reminds of your great article on fragmentation. ifan will not agree with you though.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:10 1

53. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

just like fandroids wont agree to this one

"Google loves betas, and will often launch something that is half-baked" and everytime is pointed out by either me or taco you guys get up in arms... anyhow.. great article.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:14 4

40. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

"FaceTime chat with each other through the mobile hotspot created with an Android device, and it worked great."

LOLed so hard i got myself a FacePalmTime..

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:21 3

41. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Great article finally telling the truth. Ifans will be outraged at an article finally saying it as it is and nothing sugar coating apple articles with "wow" and "amazing" etc. Taco50 will be very quiet and Victor H has probably taken poor Michael off his Christmas card list.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:12 1

56. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

lmao Andro..

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