Should Apple Gut it's iPhone OS and start over?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BlindMellon, Jan 5, 2013.


How would you change iOS?

  1. Gut it. Start over.

    66 vote(s)
  2. Slight update. Maybe live icons and widgets.

    186 vote(s)
  3. Leave it alone. It just works and can stay the same forever.

    53 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    Seems most people here agree that the iPhone's OS is stale and needs an update. What do you choose?
  2. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    I think a slight update is in order. They always do slight updates. You know what iOs is so you either like it or you do not, if you do not then just go with the competition.

    I will JB when it comes out, because I like BitesSms, lockinfo, SBSettings and MyWi.

    Live icons and widgets are fun but I can live without them.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Apr 12, 2011
    Its not stale if it works. It works perfectly for me. People are stale if they get bored with perfection.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2011
    I'm fine with the development of iOS at the moment.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    I think most of this noise comes from spill over in the Android community where needing to root and install custom mods and ROMs is common practice.
  6. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    I love how iOS works.

    Change for the sake of change is not good.
  7. macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Seems like most people here aren't in agreement at all :)

    Some are unhappy and want a more open and Android-like experience
    But many are very happy and satisfied

    Having used both (I have an iPhone 5 and SGS3) I have to say I prefer iOS

    I am not sure what is actually "stale" and what gutting the OS would bring to the table
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    I think starting over is impractical. The iPhone and iPad are already doing so well, why would they want to rebuild iOS from the ground-up again? What's more, people are already familiar with the simplicity and ease of use of the current iOS.

    Apple redesigning iOS from the ground-up -> 0% chance.
  9. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    No need to start over from scratch but frankly, Android/Jelly Bean has finally surpassed iOS in form and function. Apple needs to include a more significant refresh than it has been accustomed to. Adding a few minor features and some useless apps like passbook isn't going to cut it anymore. Apple still has the best hardware and "ecosystem" but the boring grid of static icons is starting to look downright primitive.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2003
    Yeah I may be in the minority, but I'm fairly happy with iOS and my 4S despite what I'm seeing in many threads here :p

    Lot of the switcher articles (even the Kawasaki one) are N/A to me cuz frankly I don't see smartphones as a power-user device. As I've said before, only with the Win8 Pro (true x86 binaries support) do I even foresee the possibility of actual disruptive movement in this sector. Smartphones/Tablets have their place as leisure devices :p And at the moment, even with a Nexus 7 in hand, I see this discussion as a 'iOS can be improved' not so much as 'iOS needs to be gutted.'

    If I wanted JellyBean so bad, I could run out to get a SG3 or a Nexus 4 on TMobile (leaving 6 months on my ATT left). But I have no desire...not even a strong desire to change up. Things are nice, but nowhere near motivation enough that I'm scrambling to buy it :p
  11. macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Start over? Seems excessive...pointless really.
  12. macrumors 65816

    May 28, 2008
    Seems there is no evidence for this.
  13. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Source for this statement? I don't really expect one, because like "most people here" I think you just made it up.:p

    I would like to see either widgets or live tiles in iOS, but other than that, I'm pretty happy with iOS.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Aug 17, 2008
    No. I love iOS. It's perfect!


    This! x1000
  15. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    I don't see the need to reinvent the wheel here. What's wrong with the current system? Is there any functional reason to change it or are you just bored?
  16. bigjim83, Jan 5, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 6, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2011
    They need a update but I don't think a complete gut. Notification center, widgets, more sharing options.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2013
  18. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    According to the poll, seems like 'most' people here do agree that iOS needs updating. ;)
  19. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Yes but that is far from your opening statement about "most thinking it is stale"' a slight update is just what they have been doing. So most think apple is doing the right things width iOS
  20. macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco

    iOS is definitely stale, though not broken in any means. It's so based upon the early iPhone rules that it has forgotten that people know how to work these phones now. The public has been educated and now iOS can take a big boy step and become a bit more complex and efficient to use.

    I find iOS to be fairly inefficient in app switching and think Notification Center could be a good place to integrate more basic phone functions for fast access to highly used things (i.e. texting, reminders, alarm clocks, phone calls, Facetime, etc.). Basically anything other than posting to Facebook and tweeting.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Mar 22, 2011
    As humans, we are always looking for change. However sometimes we don't appreciate what we have till we go on to the next thing. Apples OS is better than good, it may need a nice update or something new to keep our interest but overall it works well.
  22. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    The Forstall champ is out, Ive is in, change is inevitable.

    I love Skeumorph, goodbye old friend. :(
  23. macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
    Just ignore people like this who don't seem to have a clue. Boohoohoo my icons are on a grid! Cry me a river.
  24. blackhand1001, Jan 5, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013

    macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    They should do what Google did with android 4.0 vs 2.3. Android 4 was a huge overhaul of literally the entire OS and introduced a beautiful new interface called holo which in my opinion is much better looking than the horrible skin that ios has at the moment with all the baby blue, pinstriping and glossy blue and bubbles. Its looks really tacky and distracting. The other thing that android 4 has is the skinning is pretty much unified across the entire OS. IOS unfortunately has had some core apps updated with new skinning and others remained on the old skins. IOS really needs an android 4.0 level overhaul and needs better multitasking. At a minimum they need to add a swipe gesture instead of the horrible hard to hit red x's to close apps.


    compare this.

    to this
  25. macrumors 68040


    Nothing is perfect. There's always room for improvements.

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