I wanted to do this a little differently. I’ve already posted an iOS 14 explainer video and an iOS 14 Preview video where I break down all the new features and the technology behind how they all work.
Now, after using iOS 14 on my primary iPhone since literally the day it was announced back in June, I want to give you some personal opinions on how well it all works.
Mine, and John Gruber’s, of Daring Fireball and The Talk Show fame, who’s been gracious enough to join me.
And I’ll preface this by saying iOS 14 is good. I mean really good. Great even. So much better in iOS 13 in so many ways. But it’s also bringing some huge changes to the core iPhone experience. Some of which I think are right, some of which I think are just right now, but all of which we’re going to just nitpick the hell out of. Because this stuff is important, and they’ve nailed the basics well enough it’s worth being critical, maybe even Siracusa-style hyper-critical about.
Look, there have always been my phone leaks. Even before there was an iPhone to leak. Like an iPod with a rotary dial leaks. And then there were phones left in bars and on servers… But, every year it just got earlier and more. In 2020, this just rancid trash fire of a year… iPhone 12 leaks have been every bit as much of a trash fire.
And now I have to try and Tier List this stuff, like Tier Zoo, like Charlie with raid boss Karens, just to try and help you all sort the signal from the noise.
There are iPhone 12 leaks and rumors and then there are iPhone 12 leaks and rumors. You know what I’m talking about — not the fun ones that get everyone talking but the controversial ones that get everyone hot taking.
And with so many, so hot takes being hot-taken right now, especially on 5G, 120Hz refresh rates, and whether or not there will be EarPods and chargers in the box, I figured it was worth diving into them to find out what’s real, what’s sensational, and what’s… kinda both.
Apple's App Store is under attack. They're being sued by Spotify in the EU and Epic in the US. Some developers, big and small, are beyond salty over a host of gripes, new and institutional, real and imagined. Gamers are pissed over the lack of Xbox streaming. And regulators have them in their sights as well, breaking out all the old favorites: Monopoly abuse. Anti-competitiveness. Anti-trust. And they… well, they don't operate with lasers. They operate with hammers. Giant, gottendarung Mjolnir-like hammers.
So, what can Apple do? More to the point, what should Apple do? Add side-loading and alternate app stores? Cut the 30% and offer alternate payment options?
Well, each one of those comes with some postives and some negatives, some risks along with potential rewards...