Why are Apple Watch faces such a mess?

“Apple’s apparent lack of interest in providing a consistent experience for watch faces and complications is so puzzling,” Snell writes. “Let’s look at the Infograph faces, since they’re one of the highlights of the new, larger Series 4 display. They introduce a bunch of new complication types that take advantage of the extra space. But a lot of Apple Watch users have been surprised that they can’t add older complications to those faces. Apps need to be updated to explicitly support the new complication style, which was only introduced to developers on the day the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced.”

“It’s kind of hard to believe that Apple didn’t bother with some basic compatibility layer, something that lets the old complications work in the new space until there’s time for an update,” Jason Snell writes for Macworld. “Even more bonkers is the fact that Apple didn’t update some of its own apps to support the new complication format. If you’re someone who wants to keep quick access to the Messages app on an Infograph watch face, you can’t. Apple just dropped the ball.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Inexplicable.

Unless you consider how and why mismanagement occurs, that is.

Now, this is a minor thing in the scheme of things (although indicative of ongoing issues roiling just beneath the trillion-dollar surface), but on bigger issues (see articles below), heads should have rolled, but didn’t – and that’s a major reason why Apple cannot for years now get a handle on quality control.

(Again, the company’s share price can continue to rise and the quality of the products and user experience can decline – TO A POINT! – the two are not mutually exclusive until the product quality/user experience decline reaches the tipping point. We are far from that; today, we are but canaries in the coal mine, chirping now for 4+ years.)

People can get complacent, lazy, and slipshod. Trying to bury them in RSUs doesn’t seem to be very effective, Tim. Lopping off a few significant scalps and tacking them to the company bulletin board, now that can work wonders.

The consequences of an act affect the probability of its occurring again. — B.F. Skinner

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Apple product delays have more than doubled under CEO Tim Cook – January 5, 2018
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At Tim Cook’s Apple, Steve Jobs is long gone, and so is the ‘it just works’ ethos – December 19, 2017
Tim Cook’s sloppy, unfocused Apple rushes to fix a major Mac security bug – November 29, 2017
Under ‘operations genius’ Tim Cook, product delays and other problems are no longer unusual for Apple – November 20, 2017
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Apple CEO Tim Cook plummets 45 spots in employee ratings – June 22, 2017
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Walt Mossberg: Apple’s software needs work – February 3, 2016
Open letter to Tim Cook: Apple needs to do better – January 5, 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook falls from 1st to 18th in Glassdoor’s tech CEO rankings – March 15, 2013


  1. This is Cook trying to extract every last monetary unit from its customers beyond any consideration for value for money. jobs wanted that too, but he at least had a quest to give the best experience possible in exchange and in so doing created that unique bond between company and customer that stimulates that loyalty the company relies so heavily upon. Its ironic that Cook puts on this front of being Mr nice guy all liberal and considerate, (something Jobs never tried or felt necessary), but underneath that charade is just a hard assed money man exploiting his loyal customer base in ways that would shock jobs and his way of doing things.

    Short term this will put gloss on the profit figures and keep the markets happy, longer term it could be very harmful for a company that charges a premium for its products and services precisely on the Jobsobian basis that you got top quality for your buying choice and it just worked. It seems to tie in with his other policy of no new innovation unless it has proven profit potential first which explains much of the late to market products like Homepod even when Apple has an initial lead in the technology.

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