1. Maybe, but at what cost to battery/performance?
2. That includes downloading pirated apps and malware? No thanks.
3. The general public doesn't care
4. See above
5. No need for this on iOS. The OS controls that and adjust memory as necessary.
6. Interesting but most keep the default. Don't want to add confusion in case some accidentally changed the default and then removed the app.
sometimes I think people confuse capability with simplicity. They need not be at different ends of the spectrum. Ironically, it's lack of forethought which often leave things complex to the end user. Many times to the point of requiring additional end user management to customize or correct issues which if design properly should not be of any concern to the end user. In contrast, it's complex to refine things down to something genuinely simple and equality as capable to the end user. I think that many power-users fear that if something designed to be simple to the end user, that it prevents them taking advantage of some kind of missing "necessary" capability. However, for more experienced and seasoned developers, this is simply not the case. They can appreciate the effort involved into boiling things down into things that really matter and to cut down through the noise. They can also differentiate between the power of well thought out simplistic interface vs gimmicky unnecessary controls presented as utility to the end user. To the power user, many act like they and all consumers "need" a command line interface on a tablet. To the experience developer, they know what is often required to sell their product over the competitions', is to write millions lines of code to minimize and delight the user with a truly capable and simplistic product interface.
At the end of the day, when a seasoned developer sits down with tablet for enjoyment, they would much rather deal with something simple than be presented with a command line and a bunch of controls they really don't want to deal with. Its bad enough that you have to deal with this complexity during the work day. Its refreshing to use something simple, capable, polished and "complete" for change.
Edited by snova - 8/15/13 at 2:43pm