Valentine’s Day. What is not to like? It’s a national holiday where women do not have to work. Just kidding. Yes, there might be some chocolate, dinner out, a thoughtful card with tender expressions of endearment. Just kidding. We still have to take a bath and my iPhone X could be better than it is.
Alright, I want to skewer Zach Epstein for his list of 5 Ways The iPhone X Could Be Better but why stop at five? Is 12 too many? Sure, we can all look at our iPhones– regardless of model or year– and come up with five reasons why they could be improved. But only Epstein is getting paid to do it.
Spoiler Alert: Face ID, Control Center and Notifications, App Switcher, Lock Screen Shortcuts, Performance.
Like Duh. All that is happening here is a rehash of items that appeared elsewhere on the interwebs and new ground is not blazed with the items on this list. Your mileage may vary, but Face ID works wonderfully well for me on my iPhone, but some apps give me the option of entering a password or using Face ID when it should be obvious what I want (Spark email, I’m looking at you).
Epstein’s Nit (it’s a thing):
Apple’s recommendation that apps should be left minimized in the background makes the assumption that all developers build their apps properly. This is obviously a ridiculous assumption. Plain and simple: there are apps that continue to use resources unnecessarily when left minimized. There always will be. Closing these apps will save battery life and, at times, improve performance.
Wrong. I don’t want to spend all day trying to figure out which wayward application is sucking up battery life or gone wonky. Apple can fix that by minimizing apps that reach a certain threshold of battery sucking. I don’t bother to close iPhone apps because Apple made it a non-issue. Except to tech writers who need five things to fix that are not broken.
You know what Apple can do to help iPhone users more than anything else?
No, it’s not Face ID or Touch ID as both work well for most of us. No, it’s not Control Center or Notifications because those work, too. iPhone X’s app switcher couldn’t be easier to reach. I would like Watch-like complications on the lock screen but you know someone at Apple is working on it. The best tip I’ve received for iPhone X is the same for any iPhone. Use Low Power Mode. Battery life goes on and on and on.
But I digress.
No, what I really want is what you want, too. An unbreakable iPhone. One that doesn’t smash itself to smithereens when you drop it on carpet, let along ceramic tile or concrete. Apple design aesthetic requires breakable glass all around with easily dented corners which seem to shatter iPhone even before impact. It’s as if iPhone knows it’s going to die upon impact so commits harakiri just before the pain of concrete arrives.
Apple, please help my iPhone to be more durable. Sure, I can buy a $100 impact resistant case to help out my human predisposition to damaging expensive techno-gadgets, but why not build some of that capability into iPhone in the first place, Apple. Gorilla Glass? Olympic figure skaters make better NFL linebackers than Gorilla Glass does at protecting the iPhone.
Yes, I’ll pay $100 more for an iPhone model that doesn’t bite the dust or buy the farm after a momentary lapse in hand-eye coordination. Of course, that might mean I keep an iPhone longer so maybe there is a good reason Apple makes them so fragile. Higher gross margins make for better bonuses, amirite?