So how many Apple apps are you using anymore?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by akatsuki, Dec 13, 2012.

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How many non-Apple apps on your homescreen

  1. 0 - Apple all the way

    18.9%
  2. 1-4

    24.3%
  3. 5-8

    13.5%
  4. 9+

    43.2%
  1. akatsuki macrumors regular

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    #1
    I find that I have pretty much stopped using most Apple apps as better replacements become available.

    On my front screen:
    Settings
    App Store
    Clock
    Camera
    Messages
    Fantastical replaced Calendar
    Things has semi-replaced Reminders (except for location notifications)

    Google Maps
    Kindle
    Weather 2x
    Spotify
    Facebook
    Flipboard[/B]

    In the dock
    Phone
    Mail (for work only)
    Gmail (for personal email)
    Chrome


    Just looking at these entries, I realized that the iPhone is slowly becoming irrelevant except as a platform. They aren't even close to maintaining best in class apps, keeping up on
     
  2. blackburn macrumors 6502a

    blackburn

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    #2
    I have all my apps on the front screen. Heavy folder user, I don't really like swiping back and forth. And old apps tend to be removed from my iPad asap since I hate clutter.
    Yet I would remove Messages, Camera, Maps, Photo Booth, iTunes, Game Center, Videos, Clock and Newsstand since I don't ever use any of these apps (I keep them on a folder that I never open:D). btw: On an iPad.
     
  3. ncaissie macrumors 6502a

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    #3
    I don't keep many apps on my home screen because I like to see the wallpaper. (2013 650 Ninja, Bike I hope to buy some day) But I still use most Apple apps.
     
  4. j.dstasio macrumors 6502

    j.dstasio

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    #4
    Apple apps on my home screen:

    Photos
    Clock
    Maps
    Camera
    Calculator
    Podcasts

    The rest are third party apps.
     
  5. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

    TacticalDesire

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    #5
    Instead, Here's a list of what I don't use
    Weather-expect in notification center
    Voice Memos
    Passbook
    Newsstand
    Maps-enough said
    Stocks-Not regularly anyway.
    Game center-again not regularly.
     
  6. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

    nuckinfutz

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    #6
    I've still found that

    Alarms are most stable with the native app.
    Reminders is still my favorite though I sometimes use Checkmark
    Maps - PoI is lacking but navigation is fine for me.
    Mail - on the iPad I prefer the native mail. iPhone I use Sparrow.
     
  7. AlphaVictor87 macrumors 6502a

    AlphaVictor87

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    #7
    I still use:
    Calendar (synced with Google calendar)
    Clock (morning alarm)
    Safari
    Notes
    Calculator
    Reminders
    Camera
    Photos

    It seems like a lot but on a productivity view i really only use these on a daily basis:
    Calendar
    Clock
    Notes
    Reminders

    All the rest are most definitely 3rd party apps or i never had a use for them
     
  8. ChristianJapan, Dec 13, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

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  9. kirky29 macrumors 65816

    kirky29

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    #9
    This is my layout.

    The homescreen is the apps I use several times a day. Camera, Photos, Calendar & Settings from Apple. But also the The Weather Channel, Facebook & a flashlight.

    But the second screen is apps I use usually at least once a day. I use the Apple weather just to compare with TWC, and it looks better for screenshots!

    Third screen is just folders!

    I'm really funny about icons, example I love the new Gmail app...but I couldn't put the icon in my dock! It just looks wrong!
    It kills me inside that The Weather Channel app is titled: TWC English - why couldn't they just call it Weather?!
     

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  10. Jaypi macrumors regular

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    #10
    I use the most common standard apps +
    What's App
    Facebook
    Facebook Messenger
    Instagram
    Chase
    Pandora
    YouTube
    Skype
    Letterpress
    Angry Birds
    Twitter
    Lemon
    Sync.Me
    Square Wallet
    Foursquare
    flickr
    Pocket
    + some more
     
  11. zbarvian macrumors 68010

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    I just realized this too. Apple has so much work to do to get its stock apps at the same level as third-party alternatives. I use:

    Chrome > Safari
    GMail > Mail
    Google Maps > Apple Maps
    Clear > Reminders (just as a to-do list)
    Evernote > Notes (for school)
    Rdio > iPod
    Fantastical > Calendar

    And I use way more 3rd party apps (Flipboard, Facebook, Flixster, Google Search) then stock apps. The UIs on these apps are just so much nicer than Apples'.
     
  12. Menel macrumors 603

    Menel

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    #12
    I stopped at your first item. Chrome is.a miserably slow dog.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    #13
    Only because of Apple's restrictions on iOS.
     
  14. Menel macrumors 603

    Menel

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    #14
    Because of their security restrictions against execution of arbitrary code.

    The reason doesn't change the end result.
     
  15. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    #15
    It does in my mind.

    Google has the fastest browser on just about every platform it supports.

    I tend to balance my opinion of products based on what they could do vs. what they aren't able to do.
     
  16. tomjleeds macrumors 6502

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    #16
    You can't say that some hypothetical version of Chrome which doesn't exist is better than Safari.

    Well you can, and you did, but it's daft.
     
  17. minik macrumors 65816

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    #18
    I don't have any non-Apple app on the home screen. However, I kept them alphabetical on the second page.
     

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  18. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

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    #19
    Here is my home screen, i tend to only keep stuff there that i go to often, i miss infinidock i had a lot of this in the dock.
     

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  19. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    #20
    If Apple improved their stock apps too much, what incentive would there be to purchase 3rd-party apps? :p
     
  20. zbarvian macrumors 68010

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    #21
    On a JavaScript benchmark, because of Apple's restriction. Real-world performance is identical, maybe even a hair better than Safari, in terms of website loading speeds. Trust me, I was apprehensive because of the disparity in the benchmarks, but I tested them extensively and the end results are the same.
     
  21. faroZ06 macrumors 68040

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    #22
    Uh, what's the point of Gmail? It's basically Mail with less functionality.

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    How is Gmail better?? All it does is let you use Gmail, which you can do in Mail anyway.

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    Safari for Windows used to be faster than Chrome, but not anymore. Now it's some stupid copy of Chrome. Way to go, Apple programmer who made it. I haven't tried Chrome on iOS.

    Safari for Mac is still faster than Chrome and uses much less RAM. Also, I personally like it better. The buttons aren't all hidden away, and there are better extensions.

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    I use:
    Mail, Safari, Clock, Stocks, Settings, Camera, Calendar, Photos, Weather (rarely), Maps, Music, Phone (rarely), Messages (rarely), Notes, Compass (rarely), Calculator, App Store, and some of the non-stock Apple apps. I shove retarded stuff like the iTunes Store in a folder in the very back.

    I haven't found any good replacements for any of the Apple apps except for Google Voice, which is useful on non-phone iOS devices, Google Maps, which is an improvement only if I need turn-by-turn directions on my iPhone 4, and Cydia, which doesn't fully replace the App Store.

    But Dropbox > iCloud since it works with almost every Mac, and I use it a lot. Ironically, having Apple make stuff for Apple products means that it won't support Apple products as well :rolleyes:
     
  22. Menel macrumors 603

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    #23


    It supports threading conversations, iOS Mail does not.
    It supports editable drafts when set to push mode, iOS Mail does not.
    It's faster to swipe over to labels(folders) and get views in GMail app, iOS Mail is slower accessing these.
     

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