iPhone iOS has finally gotten so bloated and cumbersome, that I've gone back to my iPhone 4 with iOS 6...

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by Sedrick, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    I made the mistake of upgrading my 5 to 8.4 and really disliked it's bloat and excessive 'features'. So, thinking that 9 may actually clean it up a bit and clear out some of the bloat, went to 9. What a mistake. I hate every thing about iOS now and nothing is easy nor simple and it now takes 3 steps to do what you used to do in one. More so with each update. My god, using the music app was so bad, I had to buy a 3rd party app just to get simple functionality back. And all this cloud/social/syncing junk jammed down your throat when you just want simple functionality.

    So, I finally chucked the 5 (literally against a wall) and took my trusty (and beautiful) iPhone 4 to ATT and had a new sim card added. Now, I'm loving my iPhone again! Size aside, this is what made Apple king of the iPhone market.

    Apple has certainly lost their way with their initial simple, intuitive iOS that young and old could both use with little effort. More is not necessarily better. Makes you wonder what they'll keep shoe-horning into an already bloated and un-intuitive OS in coming years.

    I'm sorry to say that the bloat and design of iOS 8 and 9 has forced me to consider any other phone maker when my iPhone 4 gives out...

    Who else thinks Apple has lost their way with iOS?
  2. bbfc macrumors 68030


    Oct 22, 2011
    Newcastle Great Park, England.
    I like iOS 9. To me it fixed some of the annoyances of iOS 7 and 8, but it's taken them to iOS 9.3 to finally sort it all out and get the performance back on par.
  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Plenty of these discussions already took place back in the iOS 7 days when the redesign happened. Most people moved on from all of that.
  4. RobbyIdol macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    It's 2 steps forward, 1 step back with every update. When iOS 7 came out, I upgraded on launch and immediately regretted it. I didn't learn about 'downgrading' until Apple had stopped signing iOS 6, so I went on eBay and bought a new 4S that still had 6 on it.

    Kept that phone as is until I upgraded to an iPhone 6 last summer. iOS 8.4 was actually quite nice to me. Music is the #1 thing I use my phone for, so I was always that person longing for Music.app of iOS 6 when 7 had completely dropped it on its head. I accepted that 6 was never coming back, and so 8.4 was about as close as I was going to get for features I personally appreciated. It wasn't hard to turn off Apple Music and ignore that whole side of the app.

    Upgraded to 9.2 last month and, like before, immediately regretted it. The smooth as butter functionality of 8.4 was lost in a mess stutters and lag. They even busted a few simple features of my beloved Music.app yet again that made it a little more annoying to use.

    I'm hoping iOS 10 brings back some simple functionality, with a smooth user experience. I don't have high hopes though.

    I wonder what iOS 8/9/10 would look like if Jobs were still around...
  5. lovewd macrumors 6502


    Aug 28, 2013
    iOS is maturing, and becoming a more and more complex operation system. While I view this as a really good thing, and I really like the changes Apple has been making in iOS, I can understand where users used to a more simple OS will get confused. I can't agree that they have lost there way, or even that everything in the newer versions takes longer. iOS 6 has no control center, so you're going to have to jump into settings and into sub menus to do things like turn off wifi, change the brightness, turn on/off bluetooth, and whatever else. Also, interactive notifications, spotlight search, enhanced sharing within apps, are all what I (and Im sure others view) as necessary enhancements to make using the OS faster and in many cases easier. So by stepping back to iOS 6, you're pretty much saying, you don't mind a limited, less intuitive feature set, as long as it's "easier to use" (which it can't possibly be in my opinion). Good topic of discussion though, I appreciate your outlook on the subject
  6. gwhizkids macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2013
    You know, if you don't like it just move on. Nobody here gains from your litany of complaints.
  7. Sedrick, Jan 26, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2016

    Sedrick thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    I've been wondering this myself. I'm not sure we'd have the "everything and the kitchen sink" OS we have now...

    It's not confusing, it's convoluted. Try driving down the highway at 70mph and trying to change a playlist or (god forbid) try to go to album view and play an album's tracks from a playlist that's playing. iOS6 (and even 7 if I recall) was about a two tap process. I can't even remember all the steps to get there in 8-9. Just an example of what I'm referring to.

    Yes, yes, this sounds like just bitching, but if all the feedback Apple gets is "everything is just great sirs!" then they'd never know when they've gone town the wrong road or letting feature creep ruin the simple iOS experience.
  8. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
  9. JM macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2014
    ok, I'm sorry, but lol.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 26, 2016 ---
    There's no reason that people can't make new comments. As evident by my reply to OP.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 26, 2016 ---
    What's interesting to me is that I was not interested in iPhone UNTIL 7 came out. I had a Palm Pixi and I really really really liked their operating system (WebOS). I was considering Blackberry until I saw iOS 7....
  10. teknikal90 macrumors 68030


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    i never thought i'd say this...
    but get a windows phone, i feel like that the your best bet today
  11. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    Gee I'm so glad you started this thread - I wouldn't have known that anyone was unhappy with any version of IOS?
    How is that Sony cassette player for your music along with the flip phone?
  12. belfong macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2015
    Regarding changing music track while driving - isn't it safer and easier to use Siri?
  13. GIZBUG macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
  14. stulaw11 Suspended

    Jan 25, 2012
    Buh bye dont let the door hit you. You'll be back when you figure out Windows, Blackberry and Android are even worse/convoluted/bloated.
  15. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    In 9.3 it's one tap to see the album view from a track. You tap the track name in the player and it takes you right to the album.
  16. HankHowdy macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2012
    Victorville CA
    Yup, very simple. Imaging that.

    Music app is simple and really cool.
  17. lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    I agree the Music app is very simple and I quite like it a lot. The issue many have is they aren't willing or whatever to explore and see what does what in it. They are far too quick to dismiss a feature that is there and claim it doesn't exist when it's just a case of they just haven't discovered whatever the shortcut or gesture is. I will give it to them though that Apple doesn't showcase a lot of these little things very well or at all. But that's half the fun of exploring any given app IMO.
  18. The Clark macrumors regular

    The Clark

    Dec 11, 2013
    Victoria, BC
    You're no different than the dinosaurs who still use Windows XP because it's "better".
  19. lovewd macrumors 6502


    Aug 28, 2013
    I wouldn't say its bitching. You have every right to your opinion in how you think the OS should operate. You are correct about the Music app, but I don't mind all the extra taps and what not because I'm in love with the UI
  20. I7guy macrumors P6

    Nov 30, 2013
    Looking at Central Park@550 feet
    Which highways do you drive? I want to avoid them.
  21. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Really? I would argue the opposite with iOS 7's control center.
  22. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2008
    I really don't understand what has gone wrong with iOS 9. iOS 7 was all about the new look and the visual effects that went with it which slowed devices down. iOS 8 added all the continuity and handoff features which also slowed devices - painful at the time, but it was building the foundation for the future. iOS 9 was supposed to be about recovering the performance now all the important features have been embedded, but it seems to have gone wrong. What is odd is that the engineers have managed to maintain speed (and even improve it in El Cap) with OS X updates so I don't understand why they can't fix it with iOS.
  23. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    I don't necessarily agree. I think it's always hard to keep a balance between functionality and usability. I think Apple really hit the sweet spot with iOS 9.

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