Jun 092011

Today, if you didn’t know, is “Tech Blogger Solidarity Day”. To honor the¬†occasion I just made up, I’m going to do what everyone covering Apple in the last week has done: complain about things not currently a part of the iOS 5 update. I’m sure more will come to me, but because I have the 3-item minimum for a blog post, I’m going for it.

Quiet Time

There are times I know that I’m not going to answer my phone. If I take the step of silencing my phone manually, I will forget to switch it back, thereby losing every subsequent call until I do (related complaint: my Gillette Fusion Power ProGlide vibrates more strongly than my iPhone 4). I should be able to silence my phone through Settings and I should also have an option in Calendar like “silence phone for this event?”

Text Arrows

Touch is nice, but for those among us with sausage links for fingers, it’s about 50% accurate when it comes to double-tapping a word in an email. And when you want to insert text and your cursor “sticks” to a word, spellcheck automatically ignores the inserted typing.

Touch is not the best way to maneuver through text. It’d be nice to have some keyboard-based way to do it. I don’t know how, but I’m here to complain, not solve problems (this being Solidarity Day and all).

A Less Invasive Game Center

All the obvious critiques of Game Center aside (Ping Center? Too soon?), at least it stays out of your face when you’re playing a game. Except if you’re on a train, in a car, or on the subway. Then Game Center is furiously trying to reconnect when a signal becomes available or you’re being passed from tower to tower, thereby fucking up my Tiny Wings mojo with second-long stutters. Please make Game Center butt out of my in-game experience. It can always try again when I’m not in the middle of a game requiring some timing.

How about you? Feel free to attack Apple’s inadequacies – or lampoon my pithy complaints – in comments.

 Posted by at 11:26 am
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