Originally Posted by mrochester
You seem to be suggesting that little used features are complicated, and complicated features are little used. I think the fact that people are requesting certain features indicates that they do use them, and as such, they are not complicated. So it's not that Apple didn't put them in because they are too complicated and people won't use them (because they do, otherwise they wouldn't want them), it's that Apple simply couldn't be bothered to put them in. Anyone who thinks the basic missing features are Apple 'protecting' the public against the evils of technology are just kidding themselves.
I believe you make some logical fallacies. TenoBell isn't suggesting that little used features must therefore be complicated. Some features just appeal to too few people.
On the flip side, complicated features are less used. Not because they appeal to the very few, but because the can only be understood by few. If the procedure is too complex then it will only be mastered by those that are required to learn it, have an overwhelming desire to learn it, or techno-masochists.
Also, the request of a feature only means there is a desire for the feature to be included. This has little bearing on the usage of a feature being popular. This hullabaloo seems to come from very few people but they tend to be the loudest and most fervent in their desire. Plus, despite the old adage, the consumer isn't always right and often horribly misguided.
Your purple prose about Apple "couldn't be bothered" is a little fanciful. You make it sound like they are cavalier with the features they choose. Could most people tell you access the web portable or calculator of their cell phones? I'm sure most know there is an a calculator but far less know they can access the internet with their phone. I could very easily tell you these things and more about my iPhone in a few short commands. You can give an iPhone to a kid, the elderly or a non-technical person and, except for a brief less in the multi-touch interface commands, they can use and understand the device within secs.