Apple made one massive, potentially disastrous mistake in iOS 8

“Hats off to Apple. The markets may disagree, but WWDC 2014 was a resounding success,” Gordon Kelly writes for Forbes.

“Its mixture of imitation and innovation plugged holes against Android and set off a new war in both wearables and smart homes via smart SDKs (software developer kits),” Kelly writes. “Furthermore Apple execs seemed upbeat and relaxed, as if the company was finally comfortable in its post-Steve Jobs skin. And yet there was one major, potentially disastrous mistake.”

“Unlike owners of increasingly big Android rivals – users of iPhones can easily reach the top corners of their devices,” Kelly writes. “It is convenient and, to quote the ad [below], ‘a dazzling display of common sense.’ But the common sense won’t last much longer.”

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in January:

One-handed interaction is a concocted load of bullshit attempting to cover for not having a proper lineup of iPhones offering customers varied display sizes at even this late date.

See: Apple in April 2013: ‘Customers want what we don’t have’ – April 7, 2014

“Everything changes with the iPhone 6… increasing the screen size from 4 inches to 4.7 inches,” Kelly writes. “pple’s mantra that you can reach the top corners is about to go out the window and the big flaw in the otherwise impressive iOS 8 is that hasn’t been taken into consideration. Why is it such a big deal? Look at the images below and see what Apple places in the top left and top right corners of iOS…”

iOS 8

Kelly writes, “Yes, the most important onscreen navigation buttons.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Or something.

Kelly is obviously prone to hyperbolic overstatement.

Newsflash: It’s a beta. Not to mention that people who buy phablets don’t expect one-handed operation.

As our proctologist uncle is fond of saying, “It’ll all work out in the end.”

Related articles:
Large screen smartphones: How Samsung blew it – May 30, 2014
Am I crazy for wanting a small 4-inch iPhone 6? – May 29, 2014


  1. Disastrous? No. But potentially a huge oversight in basic usability that Jobs would have flipped his shit over? Of course. Assuming that Apple doesn’t already have a solution to this, of course.

    I love how people cling to Apple’s precision and attention to details as the greatest example of Apple’s superiority … And then turn around and try to make excuses when they (potentially) blunder in some way that should have been obvious to them.

    Gordon here is an idiot for blowing this out of proportion before we even see the next generation of hardware. But he’s not wrong to ask the question behind his hyperbolic drivel.

  2. iOS 8 is operating system software. It does not define the size of iOS devices. In addition, the general consensus is that Apple will offer two or more sizes of iPhones, one of which will likely be similar to the existing, compact 4.0″ display form factor. If Apple ditches the smaller form factor and goes with 4.7″ and larger displays on the iPhone, then you can begin complaining, Gordon Kelly.

    The anti-Apple, click-bait hyperbole is advancing to new heights. Apple can now make a “major, potentially disastrous mistake” by releasing information on an operating system update that does not define the sizes of iOS devices that Apple has not even announced. If you search for “prejudge” in the dictionary, it returns “Gordon Kelly.”

  3. Thats not true. If the iPhone is thinner and has less border around the screen, you’ll have more room to reach those further areas with one handed operation. The iPhone at 4.7″ will still be able to operate with one hand. Anything bigger than one handed operation will be considered an iPad nano or another device name entirely.

  4. i have no idea if i am unique or not. i want my phone to fit easily in my pants pocket, and i want to be able to easily extract it when needed. if the phone is too big then it also increases the chances of breaking if i bump against something. when the new one comes out i will go down to the apple store and try it out. but if it is too big i will stick with my 4s or maybe get a 5. i have an ipad and a laptop and a desktop mac. they each are good for different things. i hope they don’t merge into one another. and, in my, possibly unique, opinion, one-handed operation is very useful. i learned this from my old hp calculators (yes, rpn is a way better method for calculators!). in my life writing software i have learned that people can get used to (read: inured) almost anything. that doesn’t make it ok.

    1. Yes, you are unique!

      …just like everyone else. For instance your experience with calculators and happiness with the existing phone size is great, but others of us have different needs and won’t be getting “inured” to having a larger screen option, we will be getting delighted by its greater visible/touchable area.

      Incidentally, I don’t have huge hands but I have no problem holding the phone with one hand and extending my thumb well past the opposite top corner, so apparently different people also have different techniques for holding and controlling phones with one hand.

      Bring on the iOS device size continuum!

  5. Everything Gordon Kelly writes has been worthless drivel, last time he made the news was with his magnum opus titled “Blind Loyalty’ – Why This Is A Problem For Apple”..

    It’s not journalism, it’s entertainment for muppets. The Forbes clown show is actually a good fit for him.

  6. I won’t be buying a phone requiring two hands to operate. IMHO such phones will become objects of ridicule and destain, the new scapegoat for everyone with compromised self-esteem issues, the new ethnic cleansing, the new genocide.

    Or not.

    1. So absurdly funny. You meant disdain, not destain?—surely not, as witness the tie in with ethnic cleansing, as if a melanin-saturated skin could be scrubbed white! Pure genius and I wish it worked on freckles. I know, I know.

      I already use two hands, one delicately balancing the gleaming iPhone, the other with the little pink stylus precisely tapping out an unlisted number, then raising it to my ear for a few murmured French phrases before putting it away with a twinkle and a smile.

      It doesn’t quite scan that way when the phone is a slab. Kills the romance.

      1. Distain – shame on me. I was mislead by my spell checker and didn’t question the results.

        I too have a stylus at the ready as needed. My weapon is the classy NewerTech NuScribe 2-in-1 touch screen stylus/pen over at Other World Computing. It has a wonderfully small, functional and long lasting tip. I recommend no other. But it does not come in pink. Apologies dear goddess.

        On sale from $19.99 to $9.79! Buy now.

  7. My hands are too big for the iPhone. Sure, I can type with one hand using my thumb, but it’s clumsy having to curl in so much. I am looking forward to a larger screen that will hopefully solve my man-hands problem.

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