The nature of the technology industry seems to be time honored. Technology gadget makers design and manufacture products. Customers buy those products. The best products get purchased more than lesser products. Tech writers complain about the best selling products.
Jason Cipriani is happy that Apple fixed his biggest complaint about iPhone XR. What was the problem?
Haptic Touch, Apple’s 3D Touch replacement on the iPhone XR. Instead of pressing on the display, as 3D Touch devices require, Haptic Touch is triggered through a long press on the screen.
You could get something similar in the iOS Control Center, the keyboard, and lock screen shortcuts, but it just didn’t work the same as it did on iPhone Xs and Xs Max. What did Apple do to satisfy this biggest complain?
Apple released iOS 12.1.1, and included in the change log was “Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR.” That’s in addition to fixing that super annoying FaceTime feature that moved the camera swap button starting in iOS 12.
Oh, it was actually two complaints; not one, but whatever. Tech writers can always find something new to complain about, but in this case, the complaint came after Apple made the fix.
Does it work?
The haptic feedback felt when triggering the feature is just like that on the iPhone XS Max, if not a touch more pronounced. There’s a tap when the XR recognizes a long press as the message appears to pop out of the notification list. Then, there’s another haptic tap when you lift your finger. Overall, it’s incredibly well done.
Good. Done, right? Move along. Nothing to see here.
Except… I have a complaint that Apple really needs to fix right now.
For a few days of every week I browse through my RSS news reader to view a few dozen technology websites to look for insightful analysis on iPhone, the Mac, iPad, and even Windows PCs, and occasionally the Android world because it helps to know what’s going on.
For a few hours of every week I’m treated to the same list of anti-Apple grumbles and complaints from the nattering nabobs of negativism and members of the technorati elite politburo who seem to have an axe to grind against Apple’s shiny logo, while ignoring much of what makes up lesser brands.
So, I want Apple to build, 1) an iPhone, 2, a Mac, 3) an iPad– without any imperfections or problems at all– to stop the aforementioned technology grumblers from saying anything negative about Apple. That’s it, Apple. Come on, Tim Cook. Surely Apple’s designers and engineers can build a product where nobody at ZDNet can complain about, right?
I’ll pay extra for next year’s iPhone XT just for the privilege of knowing that it’s the most perfect iPhone ever and not even the writers of creative fiction posing as technology industry writers at ZDNet will be able to find a flaw.
Because such writers seldom write anything negative about Samsung, or Android, or Microsoft and Windows, then ZDNet will go out of business, and nobody on planet earth will mourn.
In advance, thank you, Apple.