The 7 biggest problems of iOS

Apple relies on the compartmentalization model for its mobile operating system – iOS can only be used on Apple’s own iPhones. The problem is that only things that Apple considers important make it onto the iPhone.

iOS 15 has been available since September 20 as an update for all devices that also already support iOS 14. As usual, the new iOS version does not come without its problems. Users complain about battery and Wi-Fi problems and even AirPods cannot be operated after the update. Apple is therefore already working on iOS 15.1 to fix these problems.

In the interim, atechbook names seven weak points that annoy us the most about iOS – and which Apple has still not solved.

1. severely limited customization options.

Limitation here, limitation there. Apple has finally introduced widgets with iOS 14 – but only to a limited extent. Widgets are still not allowed on the lock screen, nor are third-party widgets.

Splitscreen for the iPhone (possible on the iPad), alternative home screens, additional list view instead of one-sided app icon layout and an always-on display is something many users have also wanted for years. The bottom line is that Apple has made some progress when it comes to customization in iOS, but it still lags far behind Google’s Android.

2. settings menus

One of the most cumbersome things in iOS is to make certain settings. Let’s take the camera app as an example. After all, the resolution and frame rate can now be set there. However, other important options like “Smart HDR” and scene detection are not. Besides the lack of setting options, it is also not possible to set any standards, for example for the video format. If you want to do that in iOS, you first have to select the “Camera” item in the “Settings” app. At least a direct link from the app to the settings would be desirable – but even better and more up-to-date would be the option to make all settings directly in the camera app.

All the innovations in iOS 15 and which feature is particularly cool

3. iCloud storage

Why have iPhone and iPad buyers only received 5 gigabytes of iCloud storage for years? The 5 GB applies to all devices a customer owns and all backups. Far too few for all the photos that are supposed to be taken with Apple’s powerful camera systems (“Shot on iPhone” is what Apple’s advertising permanently calls for). Anyone who needs more than 5 GB – and that is almost all Apple users – will be asked to pay up to 9.99 Euros per month for the storage increase.

4. app size

Another problem that has to do with the memory is the size of the installed apps. Compared to Android, apps in iOS are many times larger. Instagram, for example, measures just under 35 megabytes on an Android smartphone – and a whole 169 MB on the iPhone. WhatsApp on Android is tiny at 17 MB, and more than five times larger on iOS at 97 MB. Similarly, Netflix is about 18 MB on Android and 100 MB on iOS.

A possible reason for this could be the programming language “Swift”, in which iOS apps are written. Accordingly, developers have to store more code libraries in their iOS apps than in their Android counterparts. Also, the code is encrypted in Swift, which further drives up the size.

5. problems with sharing content in iOS

While it was possible to send data between cell phones via infrared 20 years ago, Bluetooth makes this process much easier. But even though iPhones have Bluetooth, you can’t use it to send pictures or other files to others. Between iPhones, Macs and iPads there is AirDrop for that. However, if you want to transfer something to an Android smartphone or PC, you have to use cloud or file transfer services. Direct transfer via Bluetooth is not possible.

6. separate Apple IDs

Many users have two Apple IDs – because they logged into the App Store/iTunes or on the other hand into the iCloud with different accounts in earlier years. One of the problems is that Apple still does not offer an official migration solution to a single Apple ID in iOS. Apple support repeatedly tells customers on the phone that there is an option, but it is “not desired and complicated”. Even worse, there are only two Apple IDs in two different countries. It takes just a few steps to create them. This is also not desired. Those who do it anyway have to log in and out in a cumbersome way (and are punished by Apple with weeks of download restrictions if they keep changing).

7. spam mails

Curious: Apple does offer a function in iOS to block senders (click sender address, then click “Block this contact” and confirm), but spam filtering only works for iCloud address. For those who use Gmail, Outlook or other services via the Mail app, once blocked contacts end up in the normal inbox again and clutter it. The same spam problem exists on macOS, where most spam is also flushed back into the inbox.

The problem here is not the Mail app in iOS itself. The spam filter works for iCloud addresses, but often not for other services. This is because providers like Google and Microsoft can change the way spam is filtered. However, the settings you change in the Mail app have no effect on this. So to successfully filter spam mail, going directly to Gmail, Outlook, etc. is often necessary.