Originally Posted by Xian Zhu Xuande
It seems a bit like you've missed out on the core focuses that enable Apple products to become so successful. Apple designs products for the massesproducts which almost everyone can pick up, use, and enjoy.
What are you going to do with a 480x800 display? It would be foolish to make the device larger, so instead all the existing content is rendered a little more crisply? At the cost of battery life and increased cost? Not worth it on that scale, especially from the perspective of Apple and the normal consumer (who is not represented here).
Battery life is great depending on how you use it.
You complain about battery life and go on to complain about multi-tasking? I would love to have the ability to set apps to run in the background, but that's fine because I understand the consequences of allowing it. The 3GS could probably handle it pretty well (though it would be bad on earlier models due to memory constraints). A further souped up iPhone down the road would be an even more excellent candidate. Regardless, regular users wouldn't understand why their phone was tearing through battery life, and the people who do understand it would still bitch about battery life, even as they've got ten programs running in the background.
The GUI is fine. It is easy to use. You're lecturing the wrong company about GUI design. Talk about an arm-chair CEO.
I'm a very satisfied iPhone user, but you're being a bit harsh. DaHarder raised some legitimate points about the iPhone that absolutely could, should, and hopefully will be improved.
First off, the resolution DaHarder mentioned would not be infeasible on the iPhone's screen (though one could easily make the screen bigger without making the entire device bigger; look at all the wasted space at the top of the screen around the earpiece and compare that to what HTC have done with the HD2). Almost all of HTC's current smartphones use at least an 800 by 400 resolution and don't really have bigger screens than the iPhone (I think the TP2 has a 3.6 inch screen, so it's only 0.1 inch bigger than the iPhone's). Have you ever actually looked at one of these devices? They're absolutely gorgeous, and the iPhone's screen really seems quite archaic in comparison - why wouldn't such great screens be "worth it" for the "normal consumer"? Of course, what the screens are actually depicting isn't that great (Windows Mobile...), and they're resistive, but the resolution itself is fantastic.
Furthermore, I don't think battery life would be that much of an issue. Correct me if I'm wrong, but a nice 800x400 AMOLED-screen might even consume less power than the iPhone's current LCD.
Multitasking would be nice and could easily be implemented in such a way that users will be aware of its potential downsides. Hell, just put a toggle into the settings app, leave it off by default and display a warning message when the user switches it on. This is not rocket science.
Some other stuff I wish Apple would add to the iPhone:
1) Widgets. Say what you will about Android, but the widgets in HTC's Sense UI make certain parts of the OS much more accessible. For example, I togge Wifi on and off about five times a day on my iPhone. To do this, I have to quit the app I'm currently running, go into the settings-app, go to the Wifi-settings and toggle Wifi. That's just ridiculous. I'd love to be able to put a widget onto my homescreen which allows me to directly change certain settings and it's unacceptable that I would have to jailbreak just to get this simple functionality.
2) Allow 3rd party-apps to interface with native apps. I'm not sure if I'm expressing myself correctly here, but the issue is that, for example, Word documents attached to e-mails can't be opened by a 3rd party-app like QuickOffice of Documents To Go directly from the built-in mail-app. Instead, I either have to use my iDisk or Airsharing or an arcane workaround provided by the Quickoffice-developers. That's also ridiculous. Office documents are sent to me via e-mail every day and I'd like to be able to edit them without having to jump through hoops.
3) This is a rather minor point, but it's still bugging me: I'd love for Apple to install a small LED-notification light near the earpiece. Even my old Nokia had that, and it would inform me of missed calls, new messages etc.
I think you should acknowledge that even satisfied iPhone users can have legitimate gripes about the device. Nothing is perfect, and there's nothing wrong with expecting Apple to constantly improve an already fantastic device. It's very disingenuous to meet even legitimate criticism with an attitude like "well, you just don't get what the iPhone is all about". Also, how would any of the features you so readily discount - like multitasking or a better display - impede the iPhone's biggest strength, namely that it's a product "that everyone can pick up and enjoy"?