While iOS 8 was originally introduced at the WorldWide Developer’s Conference this past fall, the finalized release version of Apple’s latest iOS made its debut in September 2014. The eighth major instalment in Apple’s mobile operating system finds itself being acclaimed by nearly every true Apple fanatic. With acclaimed features like Apple Pay, a new way for people to use their credit/debit cards, it is hard to give Apple a blind eye around this time of the year. However, a more objective view of what the operating system has to offer allows us to see the truth: iOS 8 is overrated. In this article, I will briefly go over what rocks in iOS 8, what sucks, and what constitutes the overrating of the software for true technological aficionados.
iOS 8 had me sold upon its release, as it usually does immediately following WWDC every year. Out of raw excitement and intrigue, Apple, in my own opinion, had knocked this one out of the park. Allowing major advancements and features like, um… well, that’s the point. What is the best feature about iOS 8? Is there one?
What I praised the most in June was the implementation of services in which Apple devices could play with each other even more through Handoff and Continuity. The only issue? Mac OS X Yosemite has still not been released, and it is truly more of a feature for OS X than it is iOS. Think about iOS 8, and you will realize that the biggest changes to the software were the cool new camera color features, time-lapse videos, and quick replies to text messages. Outside of these improvements to pre-existing applications, we now find ourselves ecstatic with relatively minor updates. However, it seems like if you make 100 new minor add-ons or improvements, and release a giant new phone that boasts a reflective, bitten Apple on the back along with the improvements, you have done the world of technology a favour.
As I sit here and type these words on my Macbook Pro, charging my iPad and iPod, and listening to music on my iPhone, I am cognizant of a fanaticism with Apple Incorporated. I usually refrain from engaging in too many discussions in forums regarding Apple vs Samsung, as they usually leave me infuriated. However, here you have a dedicated Apple customer who uses an objective lens for once, and there is one word I can associate with the release of iOS 8: disappointment.
If the underwhelming release did not already make you a tad uneasy, consider the sloppy release of patches for the software. The incredibly buggy iOS 8.0 was quickly updated to 8.0.1, in response to an incredible amount of bugs found. However, in some cases, 8.0.1 was drastically worse than 8.0. This miscue is all it has taken for my faith in Apple to disseminate.
So is there truly anything new to iOS 8? Not really, to be honest. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users will be able to use Apple Pay, which is brilliant, but unless you fall into that category, you may not need to get too excited over the update. Sure, you can leave group messages and have a blank screen of apps, but out side of these incredibly minor additions, you are likely to be underwhelmed. It completely feels like iOS 7.2 rather than a true 8 major instalment of such a popular mobile operating system. Apple needs to make waves soon, and save face.
If you are truly looking for impressive, incredible new features however, look forward to the release of OS X Yosemite. It may very well be the case that OS X simply got more attention than iOS, as it is leaps and bounds more of and upgrade than anything we have ever seen from the company. As a beta version was released this summer, it was quite obvious that OS X is headed in the right direction, not necessarily like its mobile peer.
Apple needs to recover from this catastrophic release. In addition to simply not having any incredible features, it is still extremely unstable. What is happening now is loyal Apple customers, like myself, are contemplating jumping ship and heading over to the dark side: Galaxy phones. My resentment has grown that much as a consumer.
iOS 8 is completely dependent on what developers do with the updates. As WWDC was truly a Christmas for developers, the fate of iOS 8 is in their hands. Customers likely do not see much of a difference between iOS 7 and iOS 8, and they likely will not see one; at least until developer really become vested in the system itself. Apple has done all that they could, and maybe the seemingly exponential rise of creativity is starting to plateau.