Each iOS iteration introduces new features, iOS8 is no execption and some of them I like even at the expense of privacy such as Medical ID which I hopefully won’t need anytime soon. However, it had added a few other features that I am not too fond of. Some of them are likely due to peer pressure to give more of what Android provides, but it is implemented no better than Android itself.
Here’s the list of the three things that I had turned off:
- Predictive Text
- Third party keyboard support
- Transparency effects
Android keyboards including the stock Google keyboard adds a bar for predictive text. I turned this feature off because of two things:
- Reduces screen space. Since it adds a bar on top of the keyboard.
- Introduces lag much.
Which are the reasons I have trouble with Android’s keyboards to begin with.
Third party keyboards
Android has had a long history of third party keyboards, I even bought one myself. For Android, it compensates for the abysmal default keyboard experiences that came with older versions of Android. It also adds a nifty feature of doing swipe input. I personally prefer the Swype keyboard for my android devices though I have recently dropped it for Google Keyboard as it has the least latency between Swype, Google and Samsung keyboards.
However, on Android devices it introduces a short latency which is practically non-existent on the default iOS keyboards even down to the iPhone 3GS. iOS 8 added the predictive text which adds latency now which I have summarily disabled.
Trying Swype for iOS 8 just brought back the memories of lag on the iPhone 5S. After giving it a try for a couple of days I decided to drop it. Starting up the keyboard introduces a sub second lag that distracts my train of thought.
Though this was introduced in iOS 7 to make it appeal to the artsy crowd, it was still usable. iOS 8 added quite a bit more transparency effects to the point of annoyance when I see the image processing artifacts. I have since then turned it off as well.
Don’t bother copying Android
Generally I just find in the last two iOS iterations when Apple tried to copy more things from Android, their implementations are just as mediocre as Android’s. Seems like their product focus groups are not doing a good job and try to rapidly expand their markets rather than retaining and strategically expanding their existing market. This reminds me of Blackberry which is doing the right thing and dropping their focus on the mass market and focus on their strategic market. Let Samsung/Google deal with the masses, the percentage of the masses who buy cheaper devices are usually the ones that don’t buy the high value add items such as iTunes and app purchases, so why target them?
I think I spent a total of $0.99 + taxes on SwiftKey (which I eventually disabled) and that’s about it on Android. I spent significantly less than that on myself on Apple Store, but I acknowledge that I am really should not be in Apple’s target market. They should target the experience for those who are willing to pay for those high revenue items.