As of today, Apple’s iOS for the iPhone is at version 13.2. This might have been the fastest rollout to a .2 status ever. For a while a week or two ago I was updating something every other day.
Relative to previous iOS versions, and certainly relative to Android folks, there is much to love and some things to hate about the latest.
Yes, iOS 13 has a couple of bugs that piss me off.
First, the camera app won’t open, or hangs when it opens, and no button anywhere will make it close or act like a camera. Not even the hard restart buttons. A minute or so later all my button pushes and screen taps show up in sequence. Or, the iPhone crashes and restarts.
Second, what’s with all the apps in the background? No, I like them in the background, but iOS 13 is killing them too fast. That’s wrong.
Now, what about the good to go with the ugly?
Apple continues to polish privacy and block apps from using location services and Bluetooth to track whichever Pachinko parlor I might be visiting late at night. iOS 13 even works well with third-party password managers. I use Keychain and Last Pass.
** Anybody else besides me notice that even though iPhone 11 Pro Max has been out pushing two months that it has not shown up as a smartphone camera review on DXOMARK?
Is there a better smartphone camera? Other than the times when mine fails to work? Photos are DSLR quality and better than any photo I ever shot with 35mm film. Video? Better than broadcast. iPhones are used for TV commercials, music videos, YouTuber videos, and movies.
Oh, and speaking of movies, it takes almost no effort to edit iPhone movies in iOS 13. iMovie is better, yes, but quick edits are nearly instant within the camera app.
OMT. That’s one more thing in Applease.
Battery life on iPhone 11 Pro, Dark Mode, and Low Power Mode combine to give us almost two full days of battery life; or, one full day of using it almost all day long. Add to that a dark image Lock Screen, and a dark image Wallpaper, Dark Mode does what all OLED displays love. Black. That saves battery. So does Low Power Mode.
Finally, my Android friends suffer from a disease we iPhone users have never had. Ever. It’s called bloatware; that random junk or bundled apps or skins that some smartphone manufacturers make to help differentiate their hardware from a competitor that basically sells the same thing for less money. Some of that janky junk isn’t even easy to delete.
iPhones and iOS does not have bloatware.
iLove iOS, iLove my iPhone, but iOS 13.2 needs one more version to clean up the buggy cruft.