Apple is definitely getting a lot of attention from fans and critics. There is not as much talk about a brand as this company.
Often users are wondering why the company is not adding any features to their devices that would be useful to them.
Many of the suggestions are very worthwhile, and in the past Apple has really fulfilled fan requests. But there are still features that the company continues to ignore for some reason. Today we will tell you about them.
1. Automatic unlocking iPhone
Since version 5.0 Lollipop, phones with Android support 'Smart Lock' – a function with which the smartphone is not locked while it is connected to a tethered Bluetooth – accessory, like a smart watch. Likewise Apple Watch with watchOS 3 can be used to unlock your Mac without having to enter your password.
The Apple method is more secure because it involves entering a 4-digit password on Apple Watch. The watch prompts you to enter a password every time you take it off and put it back on. They recognize action thanks to motion and pulse sensors. The watch remains unlocked while on your wrist. They can also be used to unlock Macs, but this method is less reliable.
So why not add the same function to iPhone? The most logical explanation is that there is no biometric authentication method in the Mac line, other than the MacBook Pro with Touch ID. So the company needed a convenient way to unlock the Mac.
And the entire line iPhone has Touch ID (and now also Face ID), and with this technology you can unlock your smartphone quickly and safely. Therefore, there is simply no point in adding automatic unlocking.
Some will ask: why can't Mac unlock with iPhone? Because the watch is always unlocked, and iPhone to activate, you need to unlock it every time using Touch ID or Face ID. So that would just be awkward.
2. USB-C connector at iPhone
This is a favorite topic of technology publications. Last year Apple used USB-C connectors on newer models MacBook and MacBook Pro, and many expected the company to do the same with iOS. Since 2012 Apple uses the Lightning connector on iPhone, iPad and several accessories.
Moving to USB-C would bring many benefits. One cable and adapter could be used to charge both laptop and phone. It would be especially convenient to charge with an adapter from a laptop iPhone 8 s iPhone X, which support fast charging.
In addition, USB-C connectors are increasingly appearing on phones Android and computers, so you could charge your iPhone with a phone charge Android.
But there are also disadvantages to this transition. We'll have to change everything: the headphone adapter, the remote control from Apple TV, Apple Pencil, case AirPods, etc. Moreover, there is a standard by which certified devices from other manufacturers must contain a Lightning connector. By changing it, Apple would have lost a lot of money.
The familiar connector preserves the ecosystem. If you have accumulated a lot of Lightning accessories over the years, then switching to Android will be problematic. Some people think that the transition is no longer worthwhile, as Apple is moving towards a wireless future in which smartphones will not need any connectors.
3. Support for two SIM cards
Dual SIM smartphones are very popular in the east. In countries like China and India, it is very popular to have two cards as it is cheaper. Today, even flagships such as Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5T, LG V30, etc., support dual SIM cards.
It is very beneficial to use two operators – you are twice as likely to stay connected, especially in the wild. Some operators have more favorable conditions for the Internet, and some – for calls. Even if you don't need two cards in everyday life, the card has to be temporarily changed while traveling. With two slots, it is much more convenient.
Why is there still no dual SIM support in iPhone? So far, it is not so popular in the west, but Apple focuses on it. In addition, there is little space inside iPhone, and there is simply nowhere to fit an additional slot. The company has already ditched the headphone jack to save space. Most likely, Apple, on the contrary, will switch to electronic eSIM cards (as in Apple Watch Series 3), and then it will be possible to connect two operators.
There are also system limitations. Due to the notch on iPhone X, there is barely enough room for the signal indicator of one operator, but where would the second fit? Plus, you'd have to redesign Contacts and Messages.
It is hoped that Apple did not abandon this idea completely. Some analysts believe the 2018 models iPhone will support two cards. The company has already complied with the fan request for larger displays in 2014, why not do it again?
4. iMessage support for Android
Messages – Standard Application iOS. It stores all your SMS (marked in green) and iMessages (marked in blue). There is a lot of debate about whether to add iMessage to Android. This would increase the reach of users iPhone as they could correspond with those who iPhone do not. Previously, the service Apple Music became available at Android, so the idea is quite feasible. But Apple will never do it for several reasons.
First is the reason to buy iPhone. IMessages come in handy when someone goes to Android – the messages just keep coming as SMS. For many people, iMessage is the main method of correspondence, especially in many countries there are no tariffs with free SMS. If Apple released iMessage for Android, then there would be no need to buy iPhone to use the service.
Second, Apple doesn't need a lot of iMessage coverage. The company is satisfied with the billions of people already using the service. She doesn't care about app coverage, she wants to sell as many of her devices as possible. IMessage won't make as much money as Apple Music for Android because it doesn't have a paid subscription.
Third, iMessage is a collection of exclusive apps and features like Animoji and Apple Pay. There is no point in creating analogs for Android, it would be too expensive.
5. Ability to change default applications
This feature has also been available on phones Android for a long time. On smartphones Android you can change the default browser, e-mail client, SMS client, camera, music, gallery and even virtual assistant. Thus, the link can be opened via Microsoft Edge instead of Chrome, and clicking on the number opens the TrueCaller app. You can even change the action of the button so that a non-standard virtual assistant opens. This feature makes Android more functional iOS.
In iOS, you cannot change the default applications. You can only use standard Phone, Mail, Maps, Music, Safari, Siri, etc. Even if you have Chrome installed, the link will still open in Safari. And it is unlikely Apple will change that.
Apple are aware that some standard applications are lagging behind the competition. For example, Maps is much worse than its counterpart Google Maps. In India, Maps doesn't even have a navigator. If the company allowed the default Google Maps to be set, users would completely ignore the default app. And map apps need activity to be improved. Apple would rather improve their own app every year than let them replace it.
In addition, privacy is important to Apple, which it can only provide in standard applications. Therefore, the company will not allow any TrueCaller to replace the Phone.