iOS 14 Review: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

by birtanpublished on November 26, 2020

what's up guys Sam here welcome back to another video today talking about the state of iOS 14 my early review after using it every single day on my main phone for well over a week now the good the bad and the ugly I want to give you guys a more comprehensive overview just these are all the cool new features you know because there's some stuff that's got to change like fundamental parts of the operating system that Apple tweaked that could have been good and turned out horrible and vice versa there's some things they tweak that are the best thing I've ever

Seen so if you guys are excited for the video drop like down below hit subscribe for more and I think we should go ahead and jump in so here it is on my iPhone 11 Pro I got the app drawer going I got widgets it's it's fantastic and the widgets in the app drawer where I want to start I know everybody's talked about it so I'm not gonna touch on it for very long but they are really great I am so happy so grateful that we finally got widgets because this has been something that Android has had I think since version 1 they you know we're getting in version 14 of iOS or playing a bit of

Catch-up but like most things with Apple they're very well done and the same thing is true for like the ListView or app library UI it's nice that I don't have to have seven pages worth of homescreen apps I can finally tuck them away somewhere else especially for stuff that I need every once in a while but that I don't want taking up space on my homescreen every single day so I will killed it out there like the engineers they were on something good and I don't know what they were on but it did the trend following that his picture in picture which is some more than good

Good out here we've been waiting on this for ever and now when you're on a FaceTime call specifically this is where I've most enjoyed the functionality you can just swipe up and the person minimizes and you guys can still have a full conversation while you're also doing something else now I don't know if it's good to be distracting we were talking to somebody on the phone but it is really handy and I've definitely taken full advantage of that already next up I love how stable everything is I mean like swiping through mail it's just

Really responsive before there'd be a slight lag or delay you just go now and the same could be true with pretty much every other setting it doesn't feel like there's a lag or latency it doesn't even have to do with internet it just feels like they upgraded something internally to make things more snappy and it's subtle which is a lot of the parts of iOS 14 like the UI tweaks you know there's subtleties when you close an app it's ever so slightly different and I appreciate that as well like there's a lot of small touches pretty much just as many as there were

Big changes these next two I put the good section but really they should be like the God to your section which is the smaller banners and smaller serie and her face I love the way Siri looks at first I was like it looks a little crowded or cramped but actually using it it feels just right to me I like how it kind of comes up it's small and then it minimizes almost instantly when I'm done with that or you can swipe up to it get rid of Siri see results just smarter it seems like finally I don't think theory Amazon elects her Google level yet but Apple is clearly making progress

They said themselves that Syria has 20 times more facts than three years ago which is pretty good upgrade I still feel like a lexan Google have just been there consistently forever and also not directly tied in the iOS 14 update but attached is new features for air pods I really like that Apple is updating these every single year like we start with iOS 13 I think we may have seen something small for iOS 12 is well I like that apples doing air pods firmware stuff though and that in the keynote they even talked about it because air pods are a huge product and it's awesome to see

Apple also innovating on the software side of things there so that's the stuff I love about I was 14 let's stood out the great stuff now let's move on to the bat if you even watch my videos for a while you know that one of the consistent jokes and the channel has been momochi just every time I talk about them I got a goof on them because I personally don't get it they're fun they're cool they're a good time for a couple minutes when you first set up your iPhone but every year since they've come out Apple invest more and more and more time into them and it's

Getting to the point where I'm like okay we get it they're cool but couldn't you spend those engineers time on something else like isn't there another art part of the operating system whether it's the icons or the UI that those people could do a good job with it's weird like they just keep going harder and harder every year but at the end of the day it's an animated version of you and to me there's so many other things like continued UI tweaks stability different art in the health app just anything that would be more helpful than momochi next up for car key I'm disappointed that

It's launching with tap only I don't really get the benefit there you know the whole point of having like an iPhone smartphone unlock is that you could just leave in your pocket get in get out what's the difference between having to tap your phone and having keyfob in your pocket like I know it's slightly more convenient but launching with with top and only like one or two partners feels a bit rushed out and I don't really get it like the concept school but it's feeling like that bag of half-baked potato chips where it's like you know they don't have regular lay so

I guess I'm gonna do the bake today and running out the bad here or app clips now I want to be upfront with you I think they have great potential but as we've seen on Android the feature has been around for you know instant apps for a while it's not really used which is good that Apple is you know implementing the technology now so it's useful in a couple years down the road but the more I thought about this feature the more I realized LTE is so fast and 5g is coming out that will allow you to download a whole app and the same time as you get an app clip so

I feel like this feature would have been great when we had 3G or 4G something more instant but with a 5g iPhone coming out it's kind of like a it's gonna be the same speed to just download the full experience instead of a smaller experience and finally for ugly I only got a couple things here but they're pretty big things that genuinely make the experience so much worse and the first is the new date and time picker I don't know why Apple removed the most fundamentally helpful part of the operating system where you could just use a scroll wheel to find what you

Wanted I've never heard over the years at one point or at any time somebody say I know that's just not helpful all right it needs to be fixed this is a part of the operating system where some Engineer was like I don't like the way this works for me and they were like alright let's try something else out I really hope there's either a an option to fix this in settings later or be it's just reverted because everybody I've seen talked about this doesn't like it and it's just not as easy like a change an alarm you now have to retype in everything instead of just oh I want to

Wake up 15 minutes from now you have to re-type in the exact numbers you want tone you straight up it sucks it's real bad and it's got to change because it's just not helpful for anybody and next up in the weather app what they're trying to do ain't working because they bought dark sky which is the weather out that looks like this and they've already brought one of the biggest features are a couple of the biggest features to the iPhone and it seems like they've got good intention here but what I'm looking at is the most clutter version of the weather app ever it needs a fundamental

Redesign they've had the same design since iOS 7 your 7 versions later and they're like we're just gonna keep packing stuff in here it felt like iTunes to me like the weather app is feeling like iTunes where they're just like down to the minute and notifications and your seven-day and all days like that's what a good weather app would be but in one scroll view it doesn't make any sense to me I like dark sky had multiple tabs on the bottom for the different functionality and I don't even know if tabs are the best option but they're packing too much in here

It's just at the point where the design looks weird they've got these great elements like showing you the weather quality or showing you rain like when it's coming down to the minute it just looks weird in here and I feel like they just need to refresh the UI and write not the ugly section you bet I'm getting nitpicky as ever all right why can you mark a message is read in messages and the help created so many other parts of it like group chats but you can't mark it as unread this makes zero sense to me because so many times I will tap on a notification start working on somebody

Else and forget about its axis I know that's on me you know but like why can I do one function but the inverse that's in the mail app you just can't touch come on guys you're killing me out here so send it to your favorite Apple engineer at Apple let me know if you're an engineer at Apple if any this is gonna change please tell me that date picker is coming back but I hope you guys enjoy the video hope you learn something new and I hope you enjoyed this this feedback video for iOS 14 you give you a better overview than just showing you

All the cool stuff and hyping it up because there are some things that I do one has he changed I trouble you enjoyed it hit subscribe for more kitsch cool cats in my next video

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