You’re probably right. As a non-dev but just-dangerous-enough power user, I’ve heard mixed bits of how iOS works in a case like this. Early on, as I understood it, iOS threw out the baby with the bathwater when you delete an app. These days it sounds like it’s evolved into some sort of “yes it holds onto some types of data in some cases and maybe iCloud can restore you data if you reinstall an app even if it isn’t built to use iCloud’s services” and the whole thing is just confusing.
Sometimes deleting an app nukes everything so you truly get a clean slate when you reinstall. Sometimes credentials are left in the keychain (which seems to be Evernote’s case). But in general it’s turned into a pretty confusing user experience these days, and a risky troubleshooting step. I don’t know how iOS will behave in these cases, and iTunes isn’t helping matters.
I can’t trust it anymore. That’s a problem.
I can’t tell if Siri is mocking me or trying to sing along.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about how I screencast iOS apps for 1Password and Finer Things in Tech (and occasionally GIF them). If you want more than a tweet-length answer, check out my how-to.
It’s going to rain all week so I fixed the iOS weather widget.
(No idea what’s up with the white spots though. Skitch for iOS did that)
I’ve been thumping the “iOS users need control over default apps” drum as much as anybody else. Otherwise, what is the point of allowing third-party email clients, browsers, music apps, maps, contact managers, or anything that could replace default apps into the Store?
There isn’t a point, because none of those apps can actually do their job.
That said, this is by no means a simple challenge to solve, and Zac Cichy offers an anecdote of how Android handles it to illustrate why. If Apple is working on this problem, and I truly hope it is, I bet part of the reason we’ve had to wait so long is because it wants to offer something much better than this.
TechHive is running some good mobile switcher articles. On Saturday, Lex Friedman wrote about the first week of a month-long experiment with Windows Phone. Today, Andy Ihnatko—longtime accused Apple fanboy—began a three-part “epic” describing his journey from iOS to Android.
Both are smart, reasonable people and big Apple fans who are looking at other platforms for various reasons. Lex found a lot to like in Windows Phone in just the first week, while Ihnatko has become fed up with Apple’s seemingly slowing pace of innovation in specific areas and personally switched entirely.
To be honest, I’ve felt the itch too. I bought a used Lumia 920 (the same phone Lex is using for a month) a few weeks ago, sans the wireless service, which I plan to write about soon. I’ll even admit Android is actually, and finally, starting to look better.
John Gruber nailed a sentiment the other day that I’ve been trying to articulate:
Indeed, the Chromebook Pixel seems like another bit of evidence that Google is getting better at what Apple does best faster than Apple is getting better at what Google does best.
Apple has had some good ideas lately, but then seems to stop short of fleshing them out, or it introduced them but didn’t follow through. Take a look at iOS 6, which brought:
- a new Maps app
- Siri improvements
- Facebook integration
- Photo Stream
In other words:
- a replacement for Google Maps that was poorly cobbled together from mapping acquisitions and third-party services which, at best, works ok
- mild improvements to a technology Apple bought from a third party
- the world’s most popular social network with over a billion users, embraced by competitors long ago
- a genuinely good idea with poor marketing and what seems to be like-pulling-teeth industry support
- a genuinely good idea for a very specific use case that quickly felt hobbled, not enhanced, by Apple’s obsession with simplicity
Meanwhile, Android and Windows Phone are getting more polished by the week, gaining great new or better existing features like Google Now, those awesome app-friendly share menus (no python/scripting/nerdery required), notifications that work, Android Beam, wireless charging, and on and on.
I’m starting to feel as curious as Lex and Andy. For me, the reasons for staying on iOS are slowly looking less like great software and innovation, and more like lock-in, catching up, and shackled stagnation.