How do you rate Apples own Apps?

ericgtr12

macrumors 65816
Mar 19, 2015
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I'll throw in my .02 as well.

  • Messages: 10
  • Calendar: 7 (I use fantastical because I like to color code different calendars and have them appear in month view)
  • Photos: 10
  • Camera: 8
  • Weather: 10
  • Clock: 10
  • Maps: 6
  • Videos: 10
  • Wallet: 5
  • Notes: 8
  • Reminders: 10 (very useful to me)
  • Stocks: (never use)
  • iTunes Store: 1
  • App Store: 8
  • iBooks: 7
  • News: (never use)
  • Health: 6 (convoluted, like the music app)
  • Settings: 6
  • Phone: 10
  • Safari: 8
  • Mail: 9
  • Music: 0 (what was once a nice intuitive app is now a marvel of bad engineering. I purchased a separate MP3 app for $5.99 just to easily play my songs)
  • Activity: 7
  • Watch: 10
  • Facetime: 10
  • Calculator: 10
  • Game Center: 5
  • Compass: 10 (especially like the leveling feature)
  • Tips: 3
  • Voice Memos: (never use)
  • Contacts: 5
  • Find my Friends: 4
  • Find my iPhone: 10
  • iCloud Drive: 6
 

cableguy84

macrumors 65816
Sep 7, 2015
1,426
1,998
I'll join:
  • Messages: 10, I love it, I just wish Android had iMessage and FaceTime so I could finally ditch that Facebook-owned crap called WhatsApp.
  • Calendar: 9. I don't have any issues with it, could use some polish here and there though.
  • Photos: 8. Again, no issues. I just wish for a third option where iCloud Photo Library would not download the photos until explicitly requested, a clear cache button and an export to iCloud Drive option.
  • Camera: 10. Does what it is meant to, perfectly. Maybe remove the square option, the filters and a manual focus system.
  • Weather: 10. Beautiful app.
  • Clock: 10. It just works.
  • Maps: 8. Still missing quite a lot of POI but usability is on point.
  • Videos: 10. Good app.
  • Wallet: N/A Apple Pay is not available in my country.
  • Notes: 9. Maybe they can ditch the yellow for a friendlier colour, and the faux paper.
  • Reminders: 5. I used to love the iOS 6 Reminders app but the post iOS 7 I didn't like it (the icon, oh, God, the icon). The cards interface is cool, but the app is a bit confusing.
  • Stocks: 10 on functionality as it works as it should, but c'mon, who uses it?
  • iTunes Store: 9. I don't like the black UI on the movies section. All white or all black, Apple, c'mon.
  • App Store: 10. Good.
  • iBooks: 10. Love it.
  • News: 7. Could use a lot of refinements such as filters, more content, add a website to the feed. And make it available in Mexico!
  • Health: N/A never used it
  • Settings: 10. Easy and intuitive.
  • Phone: 10. It just works.
  • Safari: 10. Best browser.
  • Mail: 10. No problems, daily driver.
  • Music: 8. As I don't use Apple Music, I don't have clutter problems or weird songs issues. Not very intuitive UI when it comes to non-scrolling recents, the menu for selecting albums, songs, etc is a really ugly implementation. Not sure how I feel about Connect as almost no artists I "follow" use it. Maybe ditch that.
  • Activity: N/A. No Apple Watch yet.
  • Watch: Ditto.
  • Facetime: 10. Love it. Maybe multi conference someday. Agree that it shouldn't be its own app, instead a tab on the phone app (replacing voicemail)
  • Calculator: 9. It should do conversions!
  • Game Center: N/A I've never opened the app since iOS 4.
  • Compass: 6. I really think this is the most useless app. It should be replaced completely by a 'Level' app and move the compass to the Maps app.
  • Tips: N/A. Never opened that bloatware crap
  • Voice Memos: 9. Love the top part, the white part on the other hand... ugh. And the icon should be black with white waves. It just works though.
  • Contacts: 6. Should not exist on the iPhone as the Phone app does the same.
  • Find my Friends: N/A never used that bloatware crap either.
  • Find my iPhone: 10. Best app ever, and curse the guy who stole my 4s.
  • iCloud Drive: 8. Love it, but could use some 3D Touch love such as peek and pop. Also, needs way more integration with stock and third-party apps and move documents. (And 5GB sucks but that's Apple being cheap)
How is find my friends bloatware crap, it works as intended as far as i am aware.

Its a bit like saying the find my phone app is bloatware crap as i personally never use it.
 

Fancuku

macrumors 65816
Oct 8, 2015
1,009
2,595
PA, USA
  • Messages: 9
  • Calendar: 7
  • Photos: 6
  • Camera: 6
  • Weather: 5
  • Clock: 7
  • Maps: 7
  • Videos: 7
  • Wallet: don't use
  • Notes: 2
  • Reminders: 8
  • Stocks: don't use
  • iTunes Store: don't use
  • App Store: 6
  • iBooks: don't use
  • News: 1
  • Health: don't use
  • Settings: 9
  • Phone: 8
  • Safari: don't use
  • Mail: 6
  • Music: don't use
  • Activity: don't use
  • Watch: don't use
  • Facetime: 7
  • Calculator: 8
  • Game Center: 2
  • Compass: don't use
  • Tips: don't use
  • Voice Memos: don't use
  • Contacts: 8
  • Find my Friends: don't use
  • Find my iPhone: 9
  • iCloud Drive: don't use
 

Rhonindk

macrumors 68040
Oct 3, 2014
3,981
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watching the birth of the Dem WTH Party
◦ Messages: 6 - basically good however it is missing several functions that others have
◦ Calendar: 4 - lacks simplicity and optional features
◦ Photos: 5 - needs actual folder functionality - not a linked item to camera
◦ Camera: 6 - it’s good however could use an improvement
◦ Weather: 3 - it gathers weather data for places near me, not where I am
◦ Clock: 8 - works well.
◦ Maps: 4 - it is improving but fails to come close to the Google gold standard
◦ Videos: 5 - if it supports a format it does well. I use VLC
◦ Wallet: N/A
◦ Notes: 5 - there are so many better options out there. It works.
◦ Reminders: NA
◦ Stocks: 5 - Good as a quick glance but not much use for anything else
◦ iTunes Store: N/A
◦ App Store: 3 - when they fix Search I’ll rate higher. So broken
◦ iBooks: 3 - fails in so many ways. Use Kindle
◦ News: 3 - it has improved but is seriously limited. Use Flipboard
◦ Health: 5 - it records okay however misses / fails to record some data
◦ Settings: 3 - needs an overhaul. So many settings are in places you would never find nor expect.
◦ Phone: 8 - does good. Some controls don’t match across apps (contacts?)
◦ Safari: 6 - does the job however needs better fine level controls (history)
◦ Mail: 4 - so broken. Has issues especially off line since 7
◦ Music: 2 - after borking my iTunes matched library 2x, I no longer use it
◦ Activity: N/A
◦ Watch:N/A
◦ Facetime: N/A - too many friends have Android
◦ Calculator: 5 - it works. Much better options available
◦ Game Center: 4 - each new OS seems to cause this app to run increasingly poorly
◦ Compass: N/A
◦ Tips: 2 - Always turn it off. It recommends tips on functions I don’t use, don’t have active, and at inopportune times.
◦ Voice Memos: N/A
◦ Contacts: 4 - needs work. Proper grouping, better control, and quit splitting my contacts on updates. Needs better 3D Touch integration.
◦ Find my Friends: N/A
◦ Find my iPhone: N/A
◦ iCloud Drive: 3 - Apple really needs help here. GDrive and Dropbox work so much better. Then there is the incessant “upgrade” nags when I tried basic use.


Overall Apple apps are inconsistent (especially control look / feel), lag behind competing apps, and competing OS's. When I look at my "default" apps on my iPhone, few are actual Apple apps.
Apple should look at allowing us to default apps.
 
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btbam91

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Nov 23, 2015
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They are pretty much all crappy with a few exceptions such as Messages. I look to other solutions that do a 100x better job and still completely free. I'v learned to avoid Apple made apps on iPhone, iPad, and Mac when possible.
 
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quickcalibre

macrumors regular
Sep 20, 2013
191
32
London
  • Messages: 9
  • Calendar: 5
  • Photos: 7
  • Camera: 8
  • Weather: 6
  • Clock: 7
  • Maps: 8
  • Videos: 3
  • Wallet: N/A
  • Notes: 4
  • Reminders: 8
  • Stocks: N/A
  • iTunes Store: 9
  • App Store: 10
  • iBooks: 9
  • News: 9
  • Health: N/A
  • Settings: 7
  • Phone: 10
  • Safari: 3
  • Mail: 7
  • Music: 9
  • Activity: N/A
  • Watch: N/A
  • Facetime: N/A
  • Calculator: 9
  • Game Center: 3
  • Compass: 7
  • Tips: 0
  • Voice Memos: N/A
  • Contacts: 9
  • Find my Friends: N/A
  • Find my iPhone: 10
  • iCloud Drive: N/A
 
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Zirel

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Jul 24, 2015
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  • Messages: 10
  • Calendar: 9 - needs better month view on iPhones
  • Photos: 7 - iCloud storage has some database problems
  • Camera: 9 - could have an option for manual camera controls
  • Weather: 9 - could have sunrise/sunset times, and radar images
  • Clock: 8 - alarms aren't good, so many options missing, and they go out by themselves
  • Maps: 8 - needs more info, and StreetView competitor
  • Videos: 0 - useless
  • Wallet: 10
  • Notes: 10
  • Reminders: 8 - hard to reach reminder's settigns
  • Stocks: 5 - news source sucks
  • iTunes Store: 5 - no polish
  • App Store: 5 - not native, can't install apps from other devices, too many things missing
  • iBooks: 8 - if it's going to store PDF's, needs better annotation features
  • News: N/A - not available on my country
  • Health: 8 - no graphing
  • Settings: 8 - needs "force iCloud sync", "force background tasks now".
  • Phone: 10
  • Safari: 10
  • Mail: 10 - it's the best thing out there, really
  • Music: 8 - WebViews suck, and organization of Apple Music content is counter-intuitive
  • Activity: 8 - needs social sharing, and mapping of runs
  • Watch: 10
  • Facetime: 9 - needs conferencing
  • Calculator: 9 - needs more options, but understandable that apple wants to keep it simple so some devs can exploit it on the AppStore
  • Game Center: 0 - useless, can't remove feature
  • Compass: 10
  • Tips: 7 - good idea, needs videos, and knowledge base integration
  • Voice Memos: 8 - needs iCloud, so can be accessed from Macs
  • Contacts: 9 - needs contacts groups
  • Find my Friends: don't use
  • Find my iPhone: 10
  • iCloud Drive: 8 - needs Internet downloads, ZIP/RAR features, etc.
 
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Synaesthesia242

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Aug 13, 2009
85
1
Overall the Apple apps launch fast, work simply and well IMO
  • Messages: 9/10 - pretty great.
  • Calendar: 8/10 - it's good, very good. Launches quickly. Not as feature-packed as Fantastical, which is sometimes good actually
  • Photos: 8/10 - nice editing features. Kinda confusing at times with the various folders and stuff
  • Camera: 9/10 - pretty awesome. Launches quickly. Simple.
  • Weather: 9/10 - nothing wrong here
  • Clock: 5/10 - the world clock needs to be digital. The alarm setting could have better ui
  • Maps: 8/10 - pretty great
  • Videos: 7/10 - hardly use it; works ok
  • Wallet: - don't use
  • Notes: - 9/10 - got pretty awesome in iOS 9. Fast
  • Reminders: - 4/10 Don't use. Actually don't like it at all.
  • Stocks: don't use it.
  • iTunes Store: 4/10 - don't use much
  • App Store: 7/10 - it's quite good
  • iBooks: 8/10 - Great for ePub, kinda meh for PDF's
  • News: - don't use
  • Health: 7/10 - just use for "steps feature"
  • Settings: 8/10 - well designed
  • Phone: 7/10 - it's ok, don't like that it goes back to previous state if I launch it actually.
  • Safari: 10/10 - this app is my favourite ever on iPad/iPhone. Love the adblock feature, reader mode.
  • Mail: 9/10 - it's a great app
  • Music: 8/10 - some nice new features like queing in iOS 9. Could be simpler though
  • Activity: don't use
  • Watch: don't use
  • Facetime: 9/10 - great picture & audio quality, nice & simple
  • Calculator: 7/10 - don't like the RPN interface, could have more features IMO
  • Game Center: 4/10 - really just pisses me off.
  • Compass: 7/10 - it's a compass
  • Tips: don't use
  • Voice Memos: - don't use
  • Contacts: 6/10 - It works. Too complex to delete someone.
  • Find my Friends: 8/10 - pretty great
  • Find my iPhone: 9/10 - works great
  • iCloud Drive: 3/10 - sucks compared to Documents by Readdle or Dropbox
  • Siri - 8/10 - sometimes doesn't work, has gotten better
  • Garageband - 9/10 great great app
  • Music memos - 8/10 - pretty nice
 
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lovewd

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Aug 28, 2013
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  • Messages: 9. I wish there was color customization, and group chat read receipts.
  • Calendar: 10. Works perfectly for me, easy to use.
  • Photos: 8. Wish I could edit the photo information (like date and location) like I can on OS X.
  • Camera: 9. Wish there was an option to disable some of the modes (time laps, square), and change video resolution setting in app
  • Weather: 10. Simple and beautiful
  • Clock: 10. Simple and functional
  • Maps: 6. Doesn't find some locations for me, and navigation literally tells me to turn as Im passing the street Im supposed to turn on to
  • Videos: --
  • Wallet: --
  • Notes: 7
  • Reminders: 10. I love this app so much, it is so useful. Being able to be reminded at a location has come in so handy for me. Its extremely functional
  • Stocks: --
  • iTunes Store: --
  • App Store: 7. There should be an option to hide previously purchased apps, pretty basic.
  • iBooks: 10. Rarely use it, but when I used it on my iPad I loved it.
  • News: 10. Super easy to use.
  • Health: --
  • Settings: 10. Wish there was a "Customization" section, but its perfect for what its supposed to do
  • Phone: 10
  • Safari: 10. Fast and fluid. Love ad blocker support
  • Mail: 9. So simple and easy to use
  • Music: 7. Wish I could scroll through an Artists albums all at once, hate having to click on each one individually (when in their All/My Music View). Wish some of the [...] options were available just by swiping. Also, they need to separate the Music/Playlist tabs by default, and I wish we could customize the bottom view buttons of the app.
  • Activity: --
  • Watch: --
  • Facetime: --
  • Calculator: 10
  • Game Center: 2. Really confusing and clunky UI
  • Compass: 10
  • Tips: 10. Even though I hate the app, it does what it is supposed to
  • Voice Memos: 8
  • Contacts: 10
  • Find my Friends: 9
  • Find my iPhone: 10
  • iCloud Drive: 2 Needs major major work
 
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BillyMatt87

macrumors 6502a
Dec 23, 2013
636
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How is find my friends bloatware crap, it works as intended as far as i am aware.

Its a bit like saying the find my phone app is bloatware crap as i personally never use it.
It's bloatware because it was previously an optional (and removable) app, now it's fully baked into the OS.
 

geta

macrumors 6502a
May 18, 2010
825
371
The Moon
  • Messages: 9 (missing message lock option)
  • Calendar: 7
  • Photos: 8
  • Camera: 7
  • Weather: 9 (need a widget like BeWeather)
  • Clock: 10
  • Maps: 9
  • Notes: 8
  • App Store: 7 (cant erase or hide purchased apps)
  • Settings: 9
  • Phone: 10
  • Safari: 8 (no homepage and ad blocker support)
  • Mail: 7
  • Calculator: 10
  • Contacts: 7
With the other apps i can live without \ they are useless for me.
 

The Doctor11

macrumors 603
Dec 15, 2013
5,922
1,334
New York
iCloud Drive 2 - Can't scroll through photos, can't stream video, and no way to upload stuff from the drive app.

Messages 10 - Simple and looks good. Also features some pretty cool and handy things like sharing locations and it puts all photos in one place.

Activity 8 - Love it but needs more awards.

News 6 - Great but slow

Weather 8 - Wish it had radar but it's good.
 

yep-sure

macrumors 6502
Sep 21, 2012
495
563
Melbourne, Australia
  • Messages: 7/10 - It used to be great, but as usual, they tried to complicate it and now it's frustrating and buggy. The stupid microphone thing used to send soundbytes, always gets hit by accident. Then there's the bug where it (the accidental audio recording) sometimes doesn't go away so you have to force close the app and restart. Then there's the other bug where it gets stuck in landscape mode and you can't get it back to portrait.
  • Calendar: 6/10 - Hard to read, too much white and not enough definition in the UI items. Missing many useful features.
  • Photos: 5/10 - Horrible. Impossible to organise your photos. Impossible to see any photo information. Doesn't sync properly across all devices.
  • Camera: 8/10 - No complaints. Could use some more features.
  • Weather: 6/10 - Often ~5 degrees off most other forecasts. Needs radar.
  • Clock: 9/10 - Works great. No complaints.
  • Maps: 8/10 - People hate this app. I think it's pretty good these days. No complaints.
  • Videos: 9/10 - No complaints.
  • Wallet: 1/10 - Has been useless in my region since it's inception.
  • Notes: 7/10 - Getting better over time. Needs a UI overhaul.
  • Reminders: 7/10 - Not bad, but a bit tedious/frustrating since the iOS7 UI refresh. Little things irritate me.
  • Stocks: N/A - Don't use it.
  • iTunes Store: 8/10 - No complaints
  • App Store: 8/10 - No complaints
  • iBooks: 8/10 - No complaints
  • News: 6/10 - Slow. No background refresh. Sometimes doesn't refresh at all. Poor content.
  • Health: 5/10 - Frustrating. Overly complicated. Needs a UI overhaul.
  • Settings: 10/10 - Perfect. I hope they don't mess with it.
  • Phone: 8/10 - Functionally, it works fine. Visually, it's horrible. (The answer screen mainly).
  • Safari: 9/10 - My most used app.
  • Mail: 7/10 - Hasn't been right since iOS7. Slow to refresh. Doesn't sync across all devices properly. Random errors.
  • Music: 3/10 - Pretty horrible across the board. I can say nothing here that hasn't already been said.
  • Activity: N/A - Never heard of it. No idea what this is.
  • Watch: N/A - Don't use it.
  • Facetime: 8/10 - Have only used it a couple of times. No complaints.
  • Calculator: 10/10 - Apple, please don't mess with it.
  • Game Centre: 4/10 - After all these years, I still don't understand what this is supposed to it. Probably the most awful app UI ever designed by Apple.
  • Compass: 8/10 - No complaints.
  • Tips: 1/10 - Instant disable.
  • Voice Memos: 8/10 - Rarely use it, but no complaints.
  • Contacts: 7/10 - Decent. A bit annoying at times.
  • Find my Friends: N/A - Don't use it.
  • Find my iPhone: N/A - Don't use it.
  • iCloud Drive: 2/10 - Horrible UI. Never works the way it's supposed to. E.G. You copy a file to it on your Mac, then wait 4-72 hours for it to sync to your device, if it ever shows up at all. It's still quicker and more reliable to email a file to yourself. Crazy that this is the case in 2016.
  • Podcasts: N/A - Don't use it.
  • Apple Pay - 1/10. 2 years later and still not available in my country, despite NFC terminals/NFC cards being standard here for about 6-7 years.
 

e93to

macrumors 6502a
Jan 23, 2015
811
182
Toronto
  • Messages: 10 - Do I have any other choice? It already works very well
  • Calendar: 10 - Multiple calendars, intuitive layout, syncing between devices, repeated schedules, detailed info such as locations, notes, etc. Easily the best iOS stock app.
  • Photos: 9 - Good photo album. Simple and logical.
  • Camera: 10 - I like variety of options (slow-mo, panorama, etc) and filters. No complaints.
  • Weather: 6 - It does what it does, but apps from App Store offer a lot more
  • Clock: 10 - Multiple functionalities simply built into one app. Excellent app that I depend on to wake up in the morning
  • Maps: 8 - 3D map is a huge eye candy, and is very fun to play with. Functionality-wise, I guess it is on par with Google Maps. However, Google Maps does seem to do a much better job with showing which direction you are facing in terms of accuracy and speed. This is crucial when I am traveling and looking for direction. And Google Maps seems to offer transit direction much better (for now...).
  • Notes: 9 - No complaints. What started as a simple app has become a powerful app in its own right.
  • Reminders: 9 - I like location-based reminder, but it doesn't seem to work all the time. Otherwise, I think this could have been integrated into Calendar..
  • iTunes Store: 10 - Where else would I buy music?
  • App Store: 10 - Where else would I buy apps?
  • iBooks: 7 - Other than the fact that it correctly remembers bookmarks, it lacks some features 3rd party apps are offering (text-to-speech, word spacing, more background colors, etc)
  • Settings: 9 - While Settings have become crowded over the years, Apple has done an excellent job with organizing all the configurations. I especially love the fact that settings for each app are grouped.
  • Phone: 10 - Sometimes I use it. It's a good phone experience.
  • Safari: 9 - Smooth and snappy browsing experience. The only thing I would want is word search feature. It does use battery quite a bit, but it's not bad compared to Chrome.
  • Mail: 8 - It's a good app, but not as powerful and versatile as Outlook. However, I love the smooth animation and large font compared to Outlook.
  • Music: 7 - Been discussed many times on this forum. I don't use Apple Music, so my experience can be quite different from others. At least it does what it's supposed to do - storing and playing music. That's all I want from this app.
  • Calculator: 9 - Surprisingly powerful
  • Voice Memos: 10 - Excellent app.
  • Contacts: 10 - Thanks to this, I have never used an actual physical address book.
 

Vorkeyjones

macrumors member
Aug 20, 2016
82
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  • Messages: 7 - Fine.
  • Calendar: 6 - UI is cramped.
  • Photos: 3 - Hate it. Apple don't seem to understand that a lot of people use the photos app to store images downloaded from the internet so they can be used as backgrounds. Having those images thrown in with the pictures we've taken is very unorganised.
  • Weather: 7 - Fine.
  • Clock: 7 - Fine.
  • Maps: 3 - Apple Maps still sucks in the UK.
  • Videos: - Don't use it.
  • Wallet: - Don't use it.
  • Notes: 8 - A good app.
  • Reminders: 5 - This should be a "To Do" app. What's the point in Reminders when you can just use the calendar?
  • Stocks: - Don't use it.
  • iTunes Store: - Don't use it.
  • App Store: 5 - I miss the simplicity from iOS 5 and earlier
  • iBooks: - Don't use it.
  • News:- Don't use it.
  • Health:- Don't use it.
  • Settings: 7 - Some settings like "Notifications" are still a pain to sort out.
  • Phone: 7 - Fine.
  • Safari: 6 - Meh
  • Mail: 8 - Good.
  • Music: 1 - POS.
  • Activity: - No idea what it is.
  • Watch: - Don't use it.
  • Facetime: - Don't use it.
  • Calculator: 7 - Fine.
  • Game Center: - Don't use it.
  • Compass: - Don't use it.
  • Tips: - Don't use it.
  • Voice Memos: 6 - Meh.
  • Contacts: 7 - Fine.
  • Find my Friends: - Don't use it.
  • Find my iPhone: - Don't use it.
  • iCloud Drive: 7 - Fine.
  • Podcasts: 1 - Nothing but problems trying to get it to sync with other devices. Stopped using it years ago.

EDIT: Just realised this is the iOS 9 forum.
 
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borgranta

macrumors 6502
May 9, 2018
298
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Running iPhone 4S
I rate mail as a 10 since it is far superior to the native Android mail apps