Quantcast Feature Creep: Is iOS 5 too bloated? « iPad in Canada Blog - Canada's #1 iPad Resource iPad in Canada Blog – Canada's #1 iPad Resource

Feature Creep: Is iOS 5 too bloated?

by on July 12th, 2011

With iOS 5 b3 released yesterday, we’re ever so slowly edging closer to the final Gold Master and ultimate public release of iOS 5. In the past few weeks I’ve been playtesting the latest and greatest, I’ve often found myself frustrated and annoyed with the platform, and not necessarily because of its inherent bugginess or stability. After all, it’s beta software and there is always something wrong.

My biggest issue with iOS 5 is the over abundant feature set that seemingly does very little to enhance my overall experience, and oftentimes feel they were tacked on as a “me too” features. With every firmware upgrade on my iPad, I also notice slight performance loss and battery life degradation. The extent is so large that these issues are noticeably obvious on my iPad 1, and it is barely a year old.

There are plenty of features both new and old that would easily fit this category – FaceTime, “multitasking”, Notification Center just to name a few. While I won’t deny that these features offer some kind of benefit, one must ask where one would draw the line and say No. Implementing this feature would make the platform unusable. With the continued runaway success of the iPad and pressure from Android to innovate rapidly, I’m concerned that the iOS team is squeezed into a cold war over features that will never satiate Apple, developers or users.

While I can appreciate Apple wanting to continually sell a new device year over year (and I’d still be continually happy to buy one), I yearn for the olden days when Apple products simply last forever. I still remember using my old, pre-owned iBook that stood the test of time past all my other PCs until Apple ultimately discontinued support when it adopted the Intel chipset. What happened to the everlasting quality and backward compatibility support that you were once so good at, Apple?

Still, I digress. iOS 5 is still a good leap forward for the platform, but I just worry over how the OS cold war will play out, and whether or not my poor little iPad will survive it.

**Want the BEST new iPad protection? Order your invisibleSHIELD by ZAGG, the strongest protection for your new iPad backed by a 30 day money back guarantee, lifetime replacement warranty, and FREE shipping! Use coupon code 'iphoneinca' for 20% off your purchase! Order today!**

Posted under: iPad Firmware

  • Guest

    Sorry, the link talk about iOS5 but you wrote iOS4 everywhere! ;)

  • Dwk1991

    iOS 4?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    Fixed.

    Thank you

  • http://www.wesleydyson.com Wesley Dyson

    Facetime is gimmicky, that’s why usage has been so low. Notification center, on the other hand, is going to be a great feature, I’ve been using it since beta 1 and I can’t even think of the ‘dark ages’. 

    If anything will slow the system down and drain our batteries more, it’s iCloud.

    On the flip side, apps made with the new SDK will have a smaller footprint and crash WAY less.  

  • http://twitter.com/scwleung Sam Leung

    Yes. Sorry, that was my mistake. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/scwleung Sam Leung

    This was my mistake. Thanks for fixing, Ex.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    No problem!

  • Timminsmac

    Still says iOS 4…

  • Timminsmac

    Still says iOS 4…

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    Odd. Seems to have reverted back. Fixed again.