Years ago, my switch from Android to Apple’s IOS platform was based solely on usability and less about being a fanboy. Working in technology I prefer tools to be consistent and reliable, certainly my primary phone falls under this category. At the time “it just works” was certainly a valid argument. Eventually Android OS fragmentation and constant crashing pushed me to the dark side and I’ve been an iPhone user ever since.
With that said, I will be skipping Apple’s newest redux for the same reason Apple is pushing their courageous decision to remove the 3.5mm audio jack…
I Hate Cables
I promise with this new iPhone you will have more cables than ever. Apple didn’t create features, they created accessories. New wired headphones with proprietary connectors, splitters and adapters for connecting older accessories. The best part, none of the required accessories currently exist, meaning Apple and 3rd party suppliers intend on ca$hing in!
I Love Wireless, But
I believe the new W1 chip could be a worthy successor to the current implementation of Bluetooth connectivity. I even think the strange looking wireless earpods have promise. I love my wireless headphones but was not fully aware of the downsides until I was in the moment.
- Wanting to watch a movie on an airplane’s in-flight entertainment system
- Getting on a conference call and realize I didn’t charge my headphones the night before
- Getting on a conference call and not realizing the iPhone decided to put you on speakerphone instead of connecting to your wireless head set
- Missing the end of movie on my iPad after my headphones died
- Spending five angry minutes trying to unpair/pair to my current device
But seriously, where the hell is wireless charging?!
The Thinnest, Fastest iPhone Ever
If Apple is feeling courageous they would have given users what we really want. We want better battery life and wireless charging. We want more features and options, not fewer. We don’t give a crap about thinner phones and we really don’t want more accessories in our pocket!