Here are some things that bug me about iOS 8:
Spotlight crashes. Ever drag the screen down so you can start searching for an app, or an email, etc.? iOS Spotlight is a tremendously useful feature. If you have pages and pages of apps, you can’t live without it. But often, you are forced to, because it crashes. A lot:
You have little recourse when this happens. You can restart your phone, or alternatively, you can just wait a few moments for Spotlight to ‘restart’ itself and start working again. When you are in a hurry, it’s painful.
Inconsistent Reachability. Speaking of Spotlight (and numerous other areas in iOS 8), when you double tap the home button (not pressing, just tapping), the whole interface slides down so that you can reach items at the top of the screen with one hand (that you normally would not be able to reach one-handed). Again, another great and useful feature that I use quite a bit on-the-go. Problem is, it doesn’t work in all areas consistently in the way you think it would. Returning to Spotlight as an example:
Searching in Spotlight (if it isn’t crashed-out), brings up a handy list of items. Double-tapping home slides them down for easy one-hand tapping, but what if you want to alter your search terms? Break out that other hand. In other apps, the entire top interface slides down, including the info bar:
I’m not hating, but why the inconsistency?
That damn U2 album. Do not get me wrong, I actually appreciate the U2 album, and I think it was a nice gesture. Unlike the rest of the internet, the fact that the album showed up in my purchase history didn’t twist my panties. But what did is the subsequent error I am still constantly assailed by every few minutes (or every few hours… it’s random!):
Ever since that album was ‘given’ out, my phone has constantly been barraged with this lovely piece of buggary. This message pops up at random intervals throughout the day, and it completely interrupts whatever you are doing until you tap ‘Done’, only for it to come back at a random interval sometime later. No, ‘Retry’ doesn’t do shit, other than make it pop back up faster.
Let me tell you, when you are trying to quickly snap a photo of something cool, and this shit pops up, it makes you want to break your phone in half.
The best that I can trace this problem to is the U2 album. Not the music tracks themselves, but the ‘Digital Booklet’ that came with the tracks. iTunes (on the phone) doesn’t know how to download the booklet, so it tries over and over to get it, failing each time, prompting this message. Some people have tried launching iTunes on their desktop machines, going to ‘Account’, logging in, and then bringing up the Account screen. From there, a prompt will show up for any un-downloaded purchased items. For me, the booklet was listed as the sole item that I had not yet downloaded (yet purchased…. even though I really didn’t, of course). I clicked ‘download’, and the booklet is now on my iMac, and hence cleared from my account screen, but this shitty error still pops up on my phone from time to time. I give up.
At least now I understand why the rest of the internet is pissed about ‘purchasing’ this album (for free), even if my reasons are slightly (and much more annoyingly) different.
There are other aspects of iOS 8 I find annoying, such as Continuity having all 500 of my Apple devices ring or ding at once anytime I get a call or message, flaky Airdrop, with its hit-or-miss file transfers, but those types of things will be ironed out in time, along with these I hope.
Until then, iOS 8.2 can’t come fast enough.