Should Apple release more feature packed .X updates?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by irDigital0l, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Looking back at iOS 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, it seemed that was the last time when Apple offered up to .3 updates. Those updates were also featured packed.

    iOS 5.1 had a few things like Japanese for Siri, delete Photo Stream pictures, camera improvements, and iTunes Match improvements. Obviously it had less features than iOS 4.1

    Then iOS 6.1 was just released a couple days ago and it had more LTE support for European and Asian countries and purchase movie tickets with Siri.

    It just seems Apple is adding less and less features each time while taking longer to do it.

    Are they running out of ideas? Probably not but why wait for everything for iOS 7? I would rather have Apple announce 7 major features like iOS 4 and release more .X releases than announce 10 major features and release only 1 .X update.

    Perhaps something like this for releases

    Feb/Mar - .1 update
    June - iOS 7
    Sep - .2 update
    Nov - .3 update

    Of course this could vary but my whole point is more updates more frequently. For example we shouldn't have to wait 1 year for new features to be added to Siri. Apple update Siri with Japanese in iOS 5.1 in March 2012 and with Fandago support in iOS 6.1 in Jan 2013.
  2. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    Yea prolly something like siri languages feat!:rolleyes:
  3. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Why does it matter how many point releases there are? I'd rather have 10 features at once than get 7 of those features and have to wait for the other 3 simply for the sake of having more .X releases.
  4. irDigital0l thread starter Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    It doesn't I was just using those as an example of .X with actual good features.
  5. Beeplance macrumors 68000


    Jul 29, 2012
    WITHOUT A DOUBT, YES. Who wouldn't welcome that?
  6. Random 995K macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2012
    IMO iOS 5.1 and 6.1 were about equal on features... 4.1 was quite big though.
  7. globalist, Feb 6, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013

    globalist macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2009
    You are right.

    It seems Apple has jumped on the dumb&dumber bandwagon of making releases more marketable rather than more logical and benefitial for the user.

    This is a trend started by Google with their Chrome, then Firefox jumped on, then others, where every release no matter how significant, gets a new, full release number (e.g. Firefox 18 or iOS 6), leaving any point releases for just really really insignificant stufff such as language updates and some security fixes. It's a result of the tough financial crises that we live in. Gradual dumbing down of the target populace also does not help.

    If you're expecting this to change then think again. No way in this brave new world of Dumbgrades that Apple has opted for (iOS6, Maps, iTunes 11, the new app store, etc.) will we ever see what we saw with iOS3 and 4.

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