Apple is known for its propensity to kill its own children, but it’s easy to overlook the tragic number of underpowered rival offers that have also killed the company along the way. Everyone is talking about the iPod’s industry-dominant success, but no one remembers the pain of the Zune fans – or the Apple fans who really enjoyed romping on the Zune.
Times are particularly tough for poor-quality technology right now, with the imminent launch of iOS 16, announced at WWDC 2022 earlier this month, which will wipe out even more of the stuff we hate. At this rate, we’ll have nothing to complain about on Twitter by the time fall arrives.
Annoyingly erratic third-party webcams may soon be obsolete by the handy Continuity Camera feature in iOS 16, which allows you to use the excellent camera in a connected iPhone instead. It’s an elegant solution that makes perfect sense, which unfortunately means we’ll have to stop whining about webcams that claim to work with macOS but don’t. We can’t even complain about the underpowered cameras that Apple builds into its MacBooks and displays, forcing us to buy external webcams in the first place.
The upgrade to CarPlay won’t arrive until late next year, but if it does, it could pose a problem for a wide variety of car-related frustrations. Standalone navigation systems, Android Auto and, most importantly, car manufacturers’ own built-in navigation systems can all be a thing of the past, as well as quarrels with spouses when Google Maps misbehaves and makes us miss a turn. What else should we talk about on long journeys?
And that’s just the beginning of the tech annoyances threatened by the iOS 16 rollout. Apple Pay Later is a major threat to buy-now-pay-later services like Klarna and their many pitfalls and frustrations. apples password and Private Access Token features, meanwhile, can eliminate the painful use of passwords and CAPTCHAs when logging into or registering accounts.
The pain of sending an inappropriate text, or making an embarrassing typo, will be much less now that you can edit or undo messages† And you’ll spend a lot less time on a month’s Photoshop subscription just because you need to crop a photo thanks to a handy new feature that automatically removes subjects from the backgrounds†
Finally, the far-reaching customization options that Apple brings to the entire iPhone lock screen spelling problems android ecosystem, which has long cited customization as its main advantage over iOS. Imagine a world without annoying Android fans leaving comments under iPhone reviews. It hardly bears thinking.
In the past, we’ve complained about Apple’s tendency to extend iOS with features we don’t need. But WWDC 2022 gave us a glimpse of something far more disturbing. A world where Apple uses iOS updates to add sensible tweaks and features that solve a range of mundane tech annoyances.
Humans are naturally complainers, and half the fun of using the incredible technology of our time is complaining about it afterwards. Apple seems to have lost sight of this important fact. But there’s always hope, and I’m optimistic someone at the company is hard at work right now to make sure the next iOS update adds a lot of new things to annoy you.