iOS 4.0 Why you shouldn't be pissed off

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  1. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    Redundant Features

    Many users are unhappy that many of the features in firmware 4.0 can already be used with a simple jailbreak. Folders, the equivalent of Categories or Stack, is readily available on a jailbroken device, as is Backgrounder (multitasking) and WinterBoard (theming).

    However, we must remember that only 5% of all iPhone OS users are jailbroken, and that a whopping 95% of iPod touch and iPhone users are only familiar with these features in their technology themed wet dreams. You, the lucky jailbreakers, have taken part in those wet dreams. Be thankful. When Apple brings features to their consumer base, that's not a bad thing, especially when those features are more smoothly implemented, more beautiful, and less buggy.

    'Useless' Features

    Angry users claim that many of the 100+ features introduced in iPhone OS 4.0 are irrelevant, useless and so minuscule that they do not impact the overall user experience in a positive manner. Instead, these users say, they add bloat and are simply useless to the end user. One user in particular thought that iBooks was an idiotic addition to the iPod touch and iPhone due to its tiny screen size.

    We must recall that these little features and amenities add to the user experience in ways that large ones cannot. Diamond plated showers are nice, but it'd be nice to have towels with that too. Furthermore, these features are legitimately useful for many customers - such as the MobileMe syncing of notes and the ability to compress images attached to emails. iBooks is not useless just because the screen is small and thusly - there are many more pages than normal. You cannot fault Apple for your own purchase of a small screened, mobile device. However, the fact that the screen is small is irrelevant. There is still the same content in a quality application, and that's what counts. It's no more useless than Classics or iBooks on the iPad (even though it's smaller.)

    Not supporting iPod touch 1G and iPhone 2G

    Apple is known for the smooth quality of their products, which results from the fact that they produce both software and hardware. Having a slow and buggy software experience not only hurts the Apple brand, but results in very unhappy customers and reviews. I own a first generation iPod touch and am not at all angry about the decision. As a business, Apple also needs to sell their products. This is a way to do it.

    iAds

    Apple isn't pushing advertisements into every application. Instead, their incentivizing the replacement of the rather ugly solutions of Pinch Media and AdMob advertisements. These are just prettier advertisements where they already are. You're not going to see interactive Cialis popups on your home screen.
  2. Axis

    Axis Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No interactive Cialis popups? Hmm, doesn't sound so bad after all!

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    stellar write-up.
  3. Johannes Deegen

    Johannes Deegen Community Development

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    I don't get all the b*tching about iAds. What if you were the dev. Wouldn't you want some extra revenue? Apple already steals like 40% from you.
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    yeah really
  4. iCrap

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    This like a direct response to my b*tchy rant lol...

    Well. It kind of is...
  5. Axis

    Axis Super Moderator Staff Member

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    30%, and I wouldn't call it stealing; Apple provides—save for some occasional annoyances—an excellent development platform, covers all the costs of distributing your apps, has EXTENSIVE documentation and programming guides on a wide variety of topics, developer forums where Apple engineers post, etc.
  6. pieman

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    I'll admit that I'm a little mad about 8gb 3g (ipod touch) getting thrown into the band wagon of the 2g....i see y but how can u justify calling it a 3g (ad wise) when it clearly isnt. I'll just wait and get a 4g whenever they decide to release it. Good write-up
  7. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    They recognize that there is a difference in their preview for iPhone OS firmware version 4.0.
  8. Will Finlay

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    i wasn't mad to begin with. an update is an update in my book
  9. Kronusdark

    Kronusdark New Member

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    getting mad about apple dropping some features for older phones is similar to getting mad that the first gen ipod didn't get coverflow. there is a limit to what a device can accomplish and after using my wife's 3g i could never imagine running multiple processes and getting any kind of performance out of it, it gets laggy just using safari sometimes.
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    touch_iPod Well-Known Member

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    Well, it's still an upgrade anyway... Only thing is that we have to wait until summer before being able to purchase the 4.0 Firmware (a few months time!)...

    Kronusdark: I agree with the laggy bit... Even when playing certain games like UNO or Tap Tap Revenge 3, I already face the problem of a slightly slowed-down app... Imagine if the game is running and there's another app in the background, that will slow things down even more!

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