Remember geeks, iOS wasn’t made for us

“Now that Google’s Chrome browser has hit the App Store, there’s renewed consternation in geek circles over iOS’ inability to set something other than Safari as the default web browser.,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore. “And when/if Google Maps for iOS comes to the App Store, no doubt many geeks will complain about the inability to set it, rather than Apple’s iOS 6 Maps, as the default location handler.”

“We geeks don’t just want to use things, we want to control how we use them. We want to be able to tap web links, or email addresses, or location markers, and have them open in something other that Safari or Mail or Maps,” Ritchie writes. “We want to launch Siri and have its natural language interface populate texts and make appointments and place calls in something other than Messages, Calendar, and Phone.”

Ritchie writes, “But here’s the thing — iOS isn’t now, nor has it ever been, made or meant for us geeks. And we knew this from the start.”

Read more in the full article here.

48 Comments

    1. I could not agree any more correctu, Ritchie just does not get it.
      Google’s only interest in a browser, email, android, social network, Internet docs etc is no more than a shame to sell its users down a river. Use their products at your own peril. Someday the data collected will be used in a way you may not like. Not just for law inforcement but perhaps to check you out before hiring you or promoting you. You see the sins of your youth are expunged when you turn 18 in the good old USA. However google will sell you out your whole life and share info with people you may not want to share your most private info with. In short if you use their products you are kidding yourself. You are going to say I’m paranoid but clearly I’m not. The federal government is already using this info as are many companies to market shit to you. They already know what you like and dislike, they already share your good habits and your bad habits with the highest bidder. You are lamb eating, pooping and growing the wool they shear off you back and sell. You see the secret at google is not search it’s spy.. And spy on you is what they do. Then they offer to share your personal info with those that would sell you there crap. Even when you opt out and set your browser to not track these fuckers go around it. They suck, they will get worse you will see political candidates brought down who work against google. They own the guy you send to congress if they don’t now they will soon. Apple using their browser, their mail, their maps etc will protect your identification. Using google will not its that simple. So go ahead and download their shit grow a nice bushy coat for them to shear. Think I’m wrong that I’m off base just wait. For me and mine I choose to not enable their bad behavior.

      F Google, F Samdung.

      1. ‘ Someday the data collected will be used in a way you may not like.’

        Exactly! I’ve been getting 30 to 40 penis enlargement ads daily for a month now.

        1. Use safari turn on privacy. If google stopped playing games now that they have been caught with their hand in the cookie jar. You should be fine. Search engine I use Siri mostly and in ios6 I understand this will be doing to my iPad too. Most likely to my Macs as well. The ads serve a purpose and if clicked on should ask for info not sneak in and grab the info themselves just because you went to a page. Including this one we are on right now. Download collusion plugin for Firefox or safari and surf around a bit you will see how bad it really is. Everyone I have shown this to is pretty ticked off by the results.

  1. Actually, the man is correct. Some geeks will no doubt figure out ways to fiddle with iOS, but the fact remains that iOS is squarely aimed at the unwashed masses. I don’t mind as long as Apple doesn’t try to turn the Mac into a glorified iPad.

    1. Software is changeable and methods can improve. The slowest link in the chain is the user who habituates on the first thing they learn and the quick minds accept changes more easily.

      Many will resist the changes and for them the world has WinXP.

    2. Sorry, omalansky… we are way past the point of no return straight on the route to an ALL iPAD ALL THE TIME future. Steve declared Apple a “mobile device company” long ago and started the countdown to a future without real computers “for the rest of us”. Sad but true. Sorry.

  2. “We want to be able to tap web links, or email addresses, or location markers, and have them open in something other that Safari or Mail or Maps”

    … what is that “something” he’s talking about?

    “We want to launch Siri and have its natural language interface populate texts and make appointments and place calls in something other than Messages, Calendar, and Phone.”

    Again, what is this something he’s talking about?

    Seems like an article complaining about nothing in my opinion.

    1. Other apps suck as Informant for appointments and contacts or something else besides the built in apps that Apple provides. My only gripe with IOS is that the interoperability is still, obviously by choice, way behind what you you could do with the Palm Pilot.

      It’s a trade off. But it’s still a thorn as far as productivity goes. Yes, the iPhone/iPod/iPad are small Macs but they have a ways to go before they’re as useful to power users. I wouldn’t trade IOS for any other mobile OS but I would like a bit more…

    2. Only a blind Apple fanboy will make such a rash interpretation of a completely inoffensive opinion piece…

      “Again, what is this something he’s talking about?”

      Uhh…. any third party app? Apple has been taking their closed garden system (which by itself shouldn’t be interpreted negatively, by the way) to ridiculous levels with their selective-partnering will certain apps to integrate with Siri.

      Windows Phone 8 is going to do exactly what Apple should be doing on this front.

    1. Great point! It appears that he likes to whine over non-issues yet won’t dare take that first step into deep end of the pool and discover all the fun and adventure that awaits (or lurks) there.

    2. So he’s not a geek then, just a wannabe.
      Since when does a geek bother with what comes with a device? If they’re clever enough, they’ll hack it. But this bloke complains that Apple doesn’t give him a tinkerer’s paradise on a plate.
      I’ll swear… logic and irony are endangered species.

  3. iOS simply works. Nothing else matters. Yes, I once had an android device, the legendary G1, pure crap. How fast I switched to the iPhone and never looked back. I’ve got 30 people in my company. Guess what phone everybody has.

  4. Does Android allow you to change default search from Google? NO

    Does Android allow you to change default maps from Google? NO

    Android is “Open”….. Suuuurrrrreeee

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