Seven Complaints About the Apple iPhone

Seven Complaints About the Apple iPhone
We’re the first to admit that there’s a lot to like about the iPhone from the huge library of apps that run flawlessly to the well-engineered hardware that includes a fast charging phone and snappy graphics. On the other hand, as we’ve been using the iPhone we’ve been keeping a list of some aspects we’re not that crazy about. If we’ve been unfair for some reason please feel free to call us on it.
1. What’s Wrong with Black Earbuds?We know Apple wants everyone to associate white earbuds with Apple products but we can’t help associating them with white go-go boots, they just don’t look cool to us. It was nice of Apple to redesign the shape of them for a better audio experience, but why not at least offer black earbuds as an aftermarket product? They look so much less conspicuous and go better with dark clothing. How about offering black earbuds with black iPhones and white ones with white iPhones?
2. No Way to See What’s Draining the BatteryHow often have you wished you can check and see what apps are creating a demand on iPhone’s processor and battery so you could shut them down? In Windows, there’s a utility called the Task Manager that shows you which apps are running, how much the CPU is working and which processes are using the most memory. There’s a similar app for Mac OS computers called Mac OS Activity Monitor. Although there are some useful third party iOS apps like System Activity Monitor or System Status, they don’t really help much to identify and kill battery draining apps and we’re not aware of anything built into iOS that would make it easy to spot power hungry apps and allow you to close them at the same time.
  Low Power Mode and Close All Apps?How about a low-power mode similar to airplane mode where just about everything except cellular radios and the Find My Phone app get turned off in order to stretch a low battery as far as possible? While we’re on the subject; we know Apple claims you can leave apps “open” without compromising resources but we like to periodically close apps we’re not using. Unfortunately, to do that, you have to kill them one at a time. Is there an easier way to do this?  
3. No Way to Abort a TransmissionHere’s the scenario; we started to send a video over an overloaded cellular network at a crowded event in Las Vegas. The iPhone started to crank away, the phone got warm and the battery started to drain right before our eyes. Obviously the transmission was not going to go through and the only way to abort it was to force the phone to shut down. Couldn’t Apple come up with something more graceful? How about a message that says it’s taking too long or how about any easier way to abort a transmission? Are we missing something?
4. How About a Back Button?Maybe this is one of those complaints like why did Apple only offer a one button mouse and this will probably be one thing Android will always have in its favor and that would be a back button that takes you one step back where you just came from. It comes in so handy so many times, so much better than going “home” and starting out all over again.
5. Our iPhone Can’t Tell Horizontal From Vertical
We wonder how many other iPhone owners lock their phones in one position. We find that if we let the iPhone decide what position it’s in and we hold it in a somewhat vertical position, it constantly switches between landscape and portrait mode. Is it just us?
6. Lightning Connector Fiasco
One of the reasons Apple enjoyed such a huge success with the iPhone and iPad was the enormous third party accessory market that sprang up around a standardized connector, something we always thought was a big oversight on the Android camp. We can’t help thinking how Apple took such a good thing and threw it for a loop with the introduction of a new connector. Not only do you need an expensive adaptor to use an old cable, they don’t make an adaptor that we’re aware of that allows you to use a device with a new Lightning connector like a speaker doc with a device with the older 30-pin connector.
7. Podcast App Confusion
Managing podcasts in iTunes was okay from the start despite the fact that you couldn’t do anything “locally” like deleting a podcast on your phone. Then along came the Apple Podcast app that was so unstable when it first came out it barely garnered a star or two in iTunes. Even after some major updates the reviews are largely critical. See for yourself. Although the app is actually pretty usable now it’s still not clear to us how it works with iTunes.
What’s Your Apple Pet Peeve?
Now that we’ve shared some of the things we wish Apple would improve what about you? What are some of your biggest frustrations with Apple devices? Also feel free to set us straight if we were off-base with any of our complaints.

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