The Macalope: iOS 7 can't catch a break


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Writing for ReadWriteScribble, Dan Rowinski tells us all about iOS 7’s rough start.

But, you say, it hasn’t even been released yet! But, the Macalope replies, you don’t write for ReadWriteBlazzlrage!

“It Has Been A Bad Summer For Apple’s iOS 7” (no link but tip o’ the antlers to Kyle Cardno).

The Macalope thinks maybe you left something on the table by not using “Cruel, cruel summer,” Dan.

It has not been a good summer for iOS 7.

If you say a thing, then it must be true! This seems to be the principle holding up this house of cards Rowinski has carefully constructed.

Apple’s mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads, which is still in beta …

Oh? It’s still in beta? You mean it’s not done yet and therefore reasonable people should hold off judgement? You don’t say.

… has been critiqued from the moment it was announced …

Heaven forfend. An Apple product being critiqued before it’s released? Well, guess there’s a first time for everything.

… plagued with bugs …

[record scratch]

Are you saying this unfinished beta is actually unfinished?! Bring the Macalope the head of Tim Cook!

… seen its developer portal breached …

And one guy who used iOS 7 got food poisoning from a hot dog! This is starting to read like a chain letter.

… and briefly shut down and finally surprised many would-be beta users by locking them out of their devices without warning.

Betas expire. It’s a thing that happens. Developers know this. iOS 7 users who aren’t paying attention to the most up-to-date releases are probably not actively developing or aren’t even developers. Rowinski even knows this, but still somehow thinks it’s a problem.

With so many non-developers using iOS 7 beta, this caused quite a ruckus.

“People who don’t know the rules of the game they’re playing complain about the rules of the game.”

Ive was the man long responsible for the look and feel of the hardware of the iPhone. In that role he was a tremendous success. His deft hand has not translated quite as well to iOS.

Is that the consensus or just the opinion of Dan Rowinski? Lots of people actually like iOS 7, Dan. Certainly few argue that getting rid of leather and felt is anything other than an improvement. Are there more people who like it than don’t? Well, let’s just see how many people upgrade to it when it comes out, shall we?

Some criticized the icons as amateurish and cartoon-like …

Indeed, “some” did. Kind of like how “some” complained about Aqua when it first came out. But for every crappy icon, you’re also getting a feature. Oh, Rowinski doesn’t discuss it, but iOS 7 actually includes new features, not just “flatness” and “cartoon-like” icons.

While beta software is always prone to such bugs, many developers have reported that the problems in iOS 7 beta have been worse than previous beta versions of the operating system.

No link, but it’s enough that you know that it’s “many.” “Some” and “many.” Just take Rowinksi’s word for it, OK? It’s bad.

It was apparently rushed into production, after which Apple then pushed a massive change out to its developer ecosystem in order to get the new iPhone out at its appointed time with the new OS. As a result, complaints about iOS 7 design, bugs and functionality have been louder than with previous iOS versions.

How exactly does one measure that? Ah, well, one does not have to measure. It is simply something one knows to be true and then writes up for ReadWrite.

None of the problems that iOS 7 has faced are impossible to overcome with a little time and patience.

The Macalope is glad to hear that this beta is not doomed by its beta-ness.

This is not Rowinski’s first rodeo. In his rodeo clowning of a year ago, he conducted an online poll to answer the burning question of whether or not Apple had “gone too far” with its lawsuits against Android. Because that’s how you settle thorny legal issues—with online polls.

Well, it’s nice that ReadWrite has volunteered to be a home for those suffering from crippling misunderstanding of what are reasonable expectations. Otherwise they’d be roaming the streets overreacting to common events like traffic lights changing.

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