- 01-13-2012, 09:16 AM #26
How is the Apple OS boring? Sure, I'm speaking as someone who just moved to Apple products two months ago from BLACKBERRY of all places. But I don't see how it's boring. You're probably just so used to the way that it operates that you don't appreciate it anymore. Little things like dropping one icon into another to make a folder, the icons vibrating when you're in "delete" mode, even the way the icons within a folder display and then scroll up...those are creative touches IMO.
Apple's OS is "rigid", however, by which I mean they are overly restrictive on customization. The fact that I can't shortcut something like Bluetooth Off/On without a jailbreak or workaround is ridiculous. The fact that the weather icon says it's 73 degrees and sunny is stupid, especially when the calendar icon demonstrates that variable icons are possible. (Even BlackBerry has this capability).
But Apple can and has made fixes to key OS problems in the past, like multitasking, problems with the mail, new gestures, etc. I'm all for improvements but there's no reason to blow it all up.
- 01-13-2012, 08:36 PM #27
While it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for Apple to introduce more significant changes to iOS's UI, I'll second the notion that any interface will become boring after a good amount of use.
Android's interface, even with things like HTC's Sense and custom launchers and such, isn't that exciting. After close to two years of using it, a big reason I made the switch to iOS is simply that I was bored with Android, even with the many customization options available. I'm sure many long-time iOS users feel roughly the same way in reverse.
I suppose that, if anything, Apple should keep the current interface, but offer out-of-the-box customization beyond what's available now. The problem, of course, is keeping things smooth and stable. Also, it may be a difficult paradigm shift for a company that has historically emphasized a polished, but uniform, user experience. Then again, under (somewhat) new leadership, who knows what'll happen next?
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- 01-16-2012, 06:59 PM #38
Its time for a new coat of paint.
I like the iPhone as much as the next person but its time for a new coat of paint. It is not necessary to copy Android or any other phone but a new coat of paint would be welcome.
For starters Apple could change the default layout of iOS to not litter the spring board pages with all icons. How about the 1st page only have four icons so we can see more of the background.
Another idea would be to decrease the icon size to about 80% of the current size. Again this would allow more of the background to be seen and looks more aesthetically pleasing (see the jailbreak app shrink).
Another tweak could be to overhaul all of the default apps with a new look and app icon (ie add pictures to the contact scroll list).
Imagine if Microsoft still had the XP look in Windows 7? iOS is longer over due for a change in the UI department.
- 01-16-2012, 08:51 PM #39
I agree with wanting something fresh but there is another problem that apple faces trying to improve ios without fragmenting it. Now I like the hiring of Jon Micheal Cart and his os changes with the dynamic icons and such it will be an interesting year
Sent from my iPhone 4s
- 01-16-2012, 09:03 PM #40
- 01-17-2012, 12:31 AM #41iMore Intermediate
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I've had an iPhone since the original, and I agree it is stale, and I agree with others that the perfect solution is a theme store. Developers make more money, Apple is the first with a theme store which puts them ahead, people that like the current theme can stay, those that want a change can pay for it in the App store. Everybody wins. I really hope Apple has already thought of this and we see it in iOS 6 this June.
- 01-17-2012, 07:20 AM #42
- 01-17-2012, 12:02 PM #43
I miss the Android UI customization for sure, and trying new ROM's. But I think the simple UI is what works for Apple. People pick up an iOS device and instantly know how to navigate it. Android took much longer for me to get, and forget my wife even trying. I would like more customization and to see the UI enhanced, but they will have to be careful with any changes. It still has to be intuitive out of the box.
- 01-17-2012, 12:25 PM #44
- 01-17-2012, 03:57 PM #45
But coming from a companies standpoint that would be a no no.
Android doesn't produce its own hardware. So as far as messing with the phones goes, its usually in the manufacturers hands to replace and fix phones. Android might say, hey mess around, explore! I'm sure the manufacturers have a different standpoint.
Apple on the other hand produces both, they have to make sure that their hardware and software works. Adding jailbreaking right off the bat would produce a lot of problems that Apple would have to deal with and fix.
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- 01-17-2012, 07:23 PM #47
I like the way the iOS is and how it functions. it just works
- 01-17-2012, 07:27 PM #48
I'm one of the people that do not want a jb, and i'm really happy with the iOS the way it is now
- 01-17-2012, 09:18 PM #49
Choice is good, After 4 years I'm bored of it, it looks exactly the same as it did on my old 3G! Time for a change, they don't have to completely re-do everything, just a re-fresh would do, some new colors (the dull faded grey and baby blues everywhere look dated and stale) a more modern look.
And of course there are still glaring holes in iOS, like the fact you still cannot reply to a text message without interrupting what you're doing and going into the SMS app. Widgets would be nice, and for all that is holy, that stupid weather icon that is stuck on 73 degrees and sunny is a joke.
So there is plenty they can do without hurting anything, it seems the people bored with iOS are those of us that have been using it for years now, Apple needs to do something to keep us around, there are only tens of millions of us!
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- 01-18-2012, 07:18 AM #50
However, I still think whatever customization Apple adds has to be paired with ease of use and understanding. It has to be intuitive so more people who don't know or want to know much about their phone can still use them without issues. I guess a more controlled customization system is what they need compared to Android's everything is open approach.