Is iOS getting too complicated?

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  1. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    I've been thinking about it since sometimes now, looks like some of the analysts are saying the same thing. Adoption of the new features of iOS seems to be lacklustre.

    Apple piles on the apps for the iPhone - and users say, 'Enough' - Business Standard
  2. ios11whoa Suspended

    Jun 2, 2017
    i think ios is getting more smarter an more understand , and more feature ....
    but i dont use all of it function .... about 50 % of 100 %

    here what i use on IOS

    1. Apps
    2. Facetime
    3. Imessenger text
    4. Note
    5. GPS Map
    6. Calling

    and still has hundred of it i dont figure out and not interesting at all ,,,, no need .....
  3. thread starter macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    You see those are really basic features which have been there since years. All the new features they have added recently are not popular at all.
  4. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2014
    sitting on a beach watching a DC simulation ...
    Common topic that arises at least 1x year.
    Complicated? No. Disorganized? Yes

    To many options in places that make little sense. Too many "hidden" or not easily found functions.

    JMHO YMMV ;)
  5. thread starter macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    One of the major challenges of UX. more features will make any interface complicated. Putting them right is the main thing. I agree with you.
  6. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    I agree with the iMessage thing. Just purchasing and enabling a sticker take too many steps, in contrast to apps like Line. Apple needs to work on this, especially for something as simple as stickers.

    On the other hand, I keep surprising myself seeing how lay people around me using their iPhone features. I have seen two girls, both are smart but not techies, transfer photos to each other using Airdrop.

    Apple can do a better job, but I think certain features are being discovered and used by regular people more than we think.
  7. thread starter macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    I've not seen many people using 3D Touch actually & also the swipe to go back & forth.
  8. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    I love 3D Touch. Mainly for my ToDo app. Saves my life placing some many inputs throughout the day.
  9. eyoungren, Jun 3, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2017

    eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    This is one of the problems I have with Apple.

    No offense, but when did digital 'stickers' become a feature? My daughter is nine and she likes stickers - but she's nine!

    I'm more into things that either improve a feature or add something I could use. Being able to quick compose a text message or email on the lockscreen without unlocking and opening an app is a feature. Something Apple doesn't have yet and one of the reasons I jailbreak.

    Adding stickers to iMessages is not a feature I will use.

    Don't get me wrong, I know people use them and like that. And that's fine. To each his own. I'm just stating my opinion.
  10. thread starter macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    But this is already possible from the lock screen. Why do you jailbreak ?
  11. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    AFAIK it's only possible to reply, not start a new conversation.

    I jailbreak for a variety of reasons but the big reason is to get rid of the color. I've had a dark-themed OS since iOS 6.
  12. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015

    Totally agree with the above post. I think maybe a new layout that is more user friendly would help a lot. I only probably use about 40% of the features available in iOS and sometimes I have to hunt for things. I also will read articles about hidden features that are cool and wonder why they are not more easily accessible.
  13. Susurs macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
  14. Moneoa macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2015
    There is a story in Walter Issacsons biography that lays out the start of ios and Steve's vision for simplicity to end users. Basically, Steve's philosophy was if it took more than 2-3 taps to get to a setting or to execute what you wanted on ios, then you would start to loose the simplicity of the device and the more complex to execute a function the more likely every day users would not use it.
  15. Moneoa macrumors regular


    Oct 8, 2015
    Another story that fits into this philosophy was when they were making iDVD, which allowed users to burn video onto a disk, he jumped up and drew a simple rectangle on a whiteboard. “Here’s the new application,” he said. “It’s got one window. You drag your video into the window. Then you click the button that says ‘Burn.’ That’s it. That’s what we’re going to make.” . The engineer wasted months with mock ups us features and different windows but Steve was steadfast in the belief that Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. So yes, in comparison to what jobs intended all of apples platforms are getting more complicated than what was intended.
  16. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    3D Touch is still a "new" feature, only available on the 6S and 7. So for many people, they don't have 3D touch before, and thus they wouldn't know it (regular people don't take up new UI features like us geeks quickly, they are comfortable in what they already know, and it will take time for new UI features to sink in. Just look at the uproar on Windows 8 just because there's no start menu).
  17. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    Here's a direct link to the article because for some dumb reason OP chose to give an apple news link...
  18. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    Simplicity is key to superior experience. Jobs had this right. This does not mean removing features, or eschewing powerful features to the benefit of the elderly. It means careful planning and integration of powerful customisations that available to advanced power users, but not necessary for basic users. This is the future.

    Random UX changes do not help.
  19. thread starter macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    Absolutely nailed it.
  20. UL2RA Suspended

    May 7, 2017
  21. thread starter macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    iOS is still less complicated compared to Android but with more features added in, complications are just going to be part of the whole ecosystem.
  22. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    This is honestly the first time I've heard someone suggest that iOS is too complicated. I'm used to hearing the opposite.
  23. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Complicated, absolutely not.

    System preferences may be a complete labyrinth, but that's about it.
  24. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    The problem isnt too complicated, the problem is that people got used to a certain workflow from the early days of iOS like i never adjusted to 3D Touch, heck i do not even use the Spotlight even tho it is more convenient but i always forget about it cuz ... habits.

    Another example is photos. Instead of just sending them straight through an App i always go back to the photo app and send the pics from there for some reason lol
  25. twinlight macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2016
    iOS isn't really complicated but it is wierd sometimes. Have only been on the train since iOS 8 so don't have to much knowledge but it has become more tedious to do some things.

    I like the idea of apps for messages but its weird that my stickers from the Activity app isn't available on my iPad or my PvZ stickers isn't on the iPhone. Stuff like this should sync up.

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