Apple, of course, gets a lot of attention from fans and critics. No brand has been devoted to so much talk as this company.
Often, users are interested in why the company does not add any functions to its devices that would be of use to them.
Many of the proposals are very worthwhile, and in the past Apple really embodied the requests of the fans. But there are still functions that the company for some reason continues to ignore. Today we will tell about them.
1. Auto unlock iPhone
Starting with version 5.0 of Lollipop, Android phones support “Smart Lock” – a function with which the smartphone is not blocked while it is connected to an attached Bluetooth accessory, like a smart clock. Similarly, Apple Watch with watchOS 3 can be used to unlock the Mac without entering a password.
Apple’s method is more secure, because it involves entering a 4-digit password on the Apple Watch. The clock prompts you to enter the password every time you shoot and put them on again. They recognize the action thanks to motion and pulse sensors. The clock remains unlocked while on your hand. With their help, you can also unlock the Mac, but this method is less reliable.
So why not add the same feature to the iPhone? The most logical explanation is that in the Mac line there is no way to biometric authentication, not counting the MacBook Pro with Touch ID. So the company needed a convenient way to unlock the Mac.
And in the entire line of iPhone there is a Touch ID (and now also Face ID), and with this technology, you can unlock the smartphone quickly and safely. Therefore, adding automatic unblocking simply does not make sense.
Some will ask: why can not the Mac be unlocked using the iPhone? Because the clock is always unlocked, and the iPhone for activation must be unlocked each time using the Touch ID or Face ID. So it would be just uncomfortable.
2. USB-C connector on iPhone
This is the favourite topic of publications about technology. Last year, Apple used the USB-C connectors in the new MacBook and MacBook Pro models, and many expected that the same company would do with iOS devices. Since 2012, Apple has been using the Lightning connector on the iPhone, iPad and several accessories.
Switching to USB-C would bring many pluses. You could use one cable and adapter to charge both the laptop and the phone. It would be especially convenient to charge the adapter from the laptop iPhone 8 with the iPhone X, which support quick charging.
In addition, USB-C connectors are increasingly appearing on Android phones and computers, so you could charge your iPhone with charging from an Android phone.
But this transition has its drawbacks. It will be necessary to change everything: a headphone adapter, an Apple TV remote, an Apple Pencil, an AirPods case, etc. Moreover, there is a standard by which certified devices from other manufacturers must contain a Lightning connector. Changing it, Apple would lose a lot of money.
The habitual connector keeps the ecosystem. If for several years you have accumulated a lot of accessories Lightning, then go to Android will be problematic. Some believe that the transition does not make sense, because Apple is moving to a wireless future in which smartphones do not need any connectors.
3. Supports two SIM cards
Smartphones with two SIM-cards are very popular in the east. In countries like China and India, it is very popular to have two cards, since it is cheaper. Today two SIM-cards are supported even by such flagships as Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5T, LG V30, etc.
Using two operators is very beneficial – you have twice the chance to stay in touch, especially in the wild. Some operators have more favorable Internet conditions, and some have calls. Even if you do not need two cards in your daily life, you have to temporarily change the map on travel. With two slots this is much more convenient.
Why does not the iPhone still support two SIM cards? So far, in the west it’s not so popular, and Apple is targeting it. In addition, there is little space inside the iPhone, and there’s simply no place for an additional slot. The company has already refused the headphone jack to save space. Most likely, Apple will on the contrary switch to eSIM electronic cards (as in the Apple Watch Series 3), and then it will be possible to connect two operators.
There are also limitations of the system. Because of the seizure on the iPhone X, there is only enough space for the signal indicator of one operator, and where would the second be located? Plus, I would have to change the design of Contacts and Messages.
There is a hope that Apple has not abandoned this idea completely. Some analysts believe that the models of the iPhone in 2018 will support two cards. The company has already fulfilled the request of fans about large displays in 2014, why not do it again?
4. iMessage support for Android
Messages are a standard iOS app. It stores all your SMS (marked in green) and iMessage messages (marked in blue). There is a lot of controversy about whether to add iMessage to Android. This would increase the coverage of iPhone users, as they could correspond with those who do not have an iPhone. Previously, the service Apple Music was available on Android, so the idea is quite executable. But Apple will never do this for several reasons.
First, it’s the reason to buy an iPhone. IMessage messages are handy when someone switches to Android – the messages just keep coming in the form of SMS. For many people iMessage is the main way of correspondence, especially in many countries there are no tariffs with free SMS. If Apple released iMessage for Android, then there is no need to buy an iPhone to use the service.
Secondly, Apple does not need a large coverage of iMessage. The company is satisfied with billions of people who already use the service. It is not important to cover the applications, it is important to sell as many of its devices. IMessage service will not bring the same amount of money as Apple Music for Android, because it does not have a paid subscription.
Thirdly, iMessage is a complex of exclusive applications and functions, like Animoji and Apple Pay. To create analogues for Android there is no sense, it would be too costly.
5. Ability to change applications by default
This feature is also available on Android phones for a long time. On Android smartphones, you can change the default browser, e-mail client, SMS-client, camera, music, gallery and even virtual assistant. Thus, the link can be opened through Microsoft Edge instead of Chrome, and clicking on the number opens the TrueCaller application. You can even change the action of the button so that it does not open a standard virtual assistant. This feature makes Android more functional than iOS.
In iOS, you can not change applications by default. 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’s unlikely that Apple will change that.
Apple is aware that some standard applications are lagging behind competitors. For example, Maps are much worse than their counterpart Google Maps. In India, Maps does not even have a navigator. If the company allowed to install Google Maps by default, users would completely ignore the standard application. And applications with maps need activity so that they can be improved. Apple prefers to improve its own application every year, than to allow it to be replaced.
In addition, privacy is important for Apple, which it can provide only in standard applications. Therefore, the company will not allow any TrueCaller to replace the Telephone.