Apple’s short history of admitting its mistakes: Did we make a difference?

As technical enthusiasts, we tend to compromise. We don’t design products, our favorite companies do, be they Samsung, Google or Apple – ultimately they decide what a product should be like, and how it will be.

Do you want a headset? Hard cheese – it’s gone. Maybe you want better professional features on your favorite phone or tablet? Well, you can only make yourself heard, and hope that someone will eventually listen, because it’s not up to us – the consumers – to make the big decisions.

And there are certain companies that are known for not seemingly listening to their users, with the main suspect being, of course – apple. The company that many people love to hate, and many hate to love, but unquestionably knows how to do a beautiful thing and present it to you in such a way that you can’t wait to buy it. It’s not one of the most valuable companies in the world because it makes bad business decisions, right? But does that mean it doesn’t have to listen to what its consumers have to say? Shouldn’t he learn from his mistakes and possibly go back on his own choices for what’s right? Well, even Apple is able to change its mind or introduce new things that seem to be inspired by what the fan base wants. And asked for a while. Let’s take a look at some examples and be surprised, or (and yes, it’s legal) – happy that it happened …

The iPad finally gets desktop multitasking

No one out there really knows what’s going on in Apple Inc.’s big, top-secret hivemind, but my personal assumption is that the Cupertino company has always been so keen to nerve up the iPad’s capabilities in fears that it could start dipping into MacBook Air sales. .

The iPad was just a basic tablet not too long ago. Even a simple multi-tasking function like running two apps simultaneously in shared view was introduced just a few years ago. Not just anything even close to similar to desktop multitasking, with a fixed dock, several window mounts, and so on.

Well, finally, with iPadOS 16 will be released this fall, all that is actually on its way to your iPad, but there’s a warning – only if it’s modern. M1 iPad Pro or M1 iPad Air. That’s a limitation I’m sure Apple will set in any case, but it’s still quite unfortunate that if you have even the highest-spec iPad Pro from just a generation ago – you won’t get that sweet, new multitasking.

So has Apple finally collapsed because many of us iPad fans and reviewers are constantly complaining? You know, the iPad doesn’t have “real” multitasking, not living to its full potential, despite all that horsepower, thanks to its M1 chip. The same chip that also runs full MacBook laptops?

It certainly took a while for our words to be heard, and whether my theory of Apple not wanting the iPad to compete with the MacBook was true or not – the important thing is that the company finally listened. Hallelujah.

The iPad has received mouse support after years of none, while Android tablets have had it before

A few years ago no one who knew Apple even jokingly said that the iPad would ever have mouse support. It really seemed like adding a cursor and support for trackpads or Bluetooth mice was not at all something the company was interested in doing. The few persistent people who really wanted to use their iPads as laptops had to go buy weird ones made for iPad third-party mice that worked that way, as if they didn’t.

But here’s a seemingly hidden accessibility feature that appeared in iPadOS 13.4 from 2019, which has since evolved into a full mouse support feature. Not only that, but Apple has started selling iPad keyboards with trackpads since then! That’s an important 180 from Apple’s 5 years ago, with its seemingly “Don’t use iPad with mouse” philosophy. Apple 5 years ago wanted us to know that this is a tablet, and just a tablet, not a laptop. Apple today, however, really wants us to know that this is a laptop replacement that looks and feels, and works like that right now.

And while we could still argue that all of this is just accessibility that the Cupertino giant has decided to embrace and expand, the mere fact that Apple is now constantly advertising its iPads along with a keyboard and trackpad makes it pretty obvious why is a full vision. the iPad is – it’s almost a laptop now, and as such, there’s a mouse cursor involved. Of course, you don’t have to use it as a laptop, but … you finally have the option – and it looks and works pretty well.

MacBooks have actually become thicker, and previously removed ports have returned

It seems to be raining in hell, because yes, this latest generation of M1 MacBooks has actually become thicker and returning ports that have long since disappeared. Are you telling me that Apple is not yet focused on beautiful and minimalist designs above the user convenience and basic functionality expectations?

Let’s create a small imaginary ladder, starting with the 2016 MacBook Pro. Apparently designed to be very, very light and slim, it only had two USB Type-C ports and a headset. USB Type-A was still strong, though, and people wanted it, and for a Professional laptop, you’d expect an HDMI output and an SD card reader as well, wouldn’t you?

A lot of people did. So now even if you bought an expensive “professional” laptop you had to get into dongle territory, at least if you were a real professional who needed basic things like those last two ports we mentioned. Photographers, video editors, anyone who likes to use two screens – they all do.

Move on to the MacBook Pro 2020 and things haven’t changed much. Just two more USB Type-C ports and a headset. Users are still complaining. Apple is still stubborn about it.

But then comes the 2021 M1 MacBook Pro. Contrary to many people’s expectations, it’s not designed to be thin and loose this time around – it’s actually gotten thicker, and what’s on the side?

Three USB Type-C ports, headphone, SD card reader, HDMI output! More surprisingly, even MagSafe is back – Apple’s proprietary magnetic charging, which everyone loves and has also missed!

Does all this Apple admit that striving for thinness and lightness, and taking away ports from professional users may have been a bad move? We will not rub it, just keep listening to the users, Apple.

Great iPhones? Who would want that? Oh, wait …

Back in 2010, the late Steve Jobs, Apple’s then-iconic CEO, took to the stage to talk about the iPhone 4. Something he famously said was that no one would buy a big phone.

While the iPhone 4 now had a ridiculous 3.5-inch sound screen, Android phones at the time, such as the HTC Evo 4G and Motorola Droid X, began to receive 4.3-inch screens and more.

Jump ahead to the 2012 iPhone 5 and its 4-inch screen. Android phones at the time, like the Galaxy S3, were approaching 5 inches and beyond, while yes, the iPhone didn’t even reach those 2010 phone sizes. Apple clearly aimed to keep phones small and comfortable for one-handed use, while the rest of the industry plowed forward, pushing larger and larger screens.

The 2014 iPhone 6 was 4.7-inch, the 6 Plus was 5.5. Yes, the iPhone 6 was the first to receive a Plus model with a larger screen, and since then it has been a tradition.

In fact, now we are used to Pro and Pro Max models, and by all accounts soon the iPhone 14 series will bring Max and Pro Max! With the latter supposed to display a 6.7-inch screen – almost 7 inches! Oh, how Apple’s philosophy changed after that 3.5-inch iPhone 4.

To be fair, this whole thing dates back so far that it’s pretty understandable that Apple didn’t know what to expect. No one knew what kind of phones would be made 12 years later, and beyond. Nor does anyone know what they will be after 12 years. Maybe away? Replaced with AR glasses or something? Like Apple’s AR glassesthat we know are evolving, and have been for some time?

But let’s not derail the issue. We have more than enough time to talk about the future. Let’s talk a little bit about the past and the present …

What are your favorite company picks?

Even the big tech companies occasionally backtrack on their earlier choices; it happens a lot as it should. Do you have any funny examples you’ve noticed of your favorite phone operator or any other company listening to its fans and giving them what they want? Especially if it were against his own philosophy?

Alternatively, do you have any examples of companies that have not yet listened to their customers? We all know about the headphone jack – that’s probably already on the flagship phones, but what else? Share your comments with us in the comments section below!

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