This is a companion thread to my earlier one about Yahoo Mail. Today I traded up from an iPad 2 to a 4, and got the new IOS. My first reaction has been to hurl it against a wall.
I realize it’s necessary to plug security holes, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why they find it necessary to make pointless cosmetic changes that add nothing and only annoy folks like me. Some examples:
Podcast App: Changed from black background to blinding white. I liked it black, and that’s just me. But why?! What does this improve? Also, when playing a podcast in the earlier version I could swipe anywhere on the screen and return to the list page. Now you can’t do that, you have to hit a small button in the upper corner. Again, why?!?!
Safari: Moved the bookmarks from the left side of the page to the right. Accomplishes nothing except necessitating retraining me to go to the other side. What did that improve? Why make a pointless change like that? At least they could have given me some control over where it appears.
Double Click: When you double click the home button (or swipe up from the bottom) you got a list of active programs and could close them by touching them. Now the appearance is different, and instead of touching them you have to swipe up vertically. I had to Google that to figure it out. Again, for the love of a goat-felching god, WHY?!?!?! What’s the point of a change like that?
Brightness: This one really kills me. Using the same double click or swipe-up maneuver, you could quickly get the brightness and volume controls. You still can, except the screen now dims a bit in the new version. Which means when you manipulate the brightness, you don’t find out what it’s really going to look like until you return to normal operation and the screen un-dims. Wasn’t there a goddam engineer in the room to point out how fucking stupid that is when they made this apparently oh-so-urgent change?
I’m so sick of this crap. There are many who sneer at this sort of complaining, calling it a “first world problem”. Well, fuck them. If Apple can go to the trouble of making all these changes, they can at least serve a fucking purpose. I really wish this aspect of computer culture would go away. I’m fine with changes that accomplish something, but can we get the fuck away from this change-for-the-sake-of-change paradigm?