If you ask Siri whether she likes Apple, she’ll often answer, “Personally, I’m an Apple fan.” But even Siri probably has a few gripes with Cupertino — whether or not she’ll share them with iPhone users. Even the biggest Apple fans probably have a few complaints about the company behind the iPhone and the Mac. Read on to check out a few of the things that annoy us the most about Apple and its products.
1. It’s never a good time to buy an iPhone
As you’ve likely figured out if you have an iPhone that you’re looking to upgrade, there’s really no good time to buy a new iPhone. The annual release cycle of the iPhone is pretty dependable, so you can be assured at any time that a new iPhone is on its way. Because there’s always a new iPhone on the horizon, buying a new iPhone necessitates thinking about how soon you actually need to upgrade and how upset you’ll be if your few-month-old iPhone is outmoded by a new model. You always have to be mentally prepared for an announcement of an even newer iPhone, which is often made worse by the constant and internet-enabled state of speculation about what features the next iPhone will introduce.
2. Rumors about the next iPhone start as soon as one is released
Apple’s product launches are seriously over-hyped, a fact that’s pretty obvious when you consider the fact that the Apple rumor mill kicks into high gear speculating about the next iPhone as soon as one is released. The cycle of rumors, leaks, and reports about a new iPhone model seems to start earlier and earlier each year. Even before the iPhone 7’s introduction, we heard plenty of rumors about the iPhones that Apple will release in 2017. Thanks to the yearly charade of iPhone launches, you’ll always feel like you’re missing out on something, even if this year’s iPhone is only an incremental update to last year’s model. Apple is extremely secretive, much more so than many competing tech companies, some of which like to talk about upcoming products in order to generate buzz.
3. For products other than iPhones, users have no idea when a refresh is coming
Unless you keep up with (and put stock in) the leaks, rumors, and hearsay that populate a variety of Apple-themed blogs, you’re left in the dark about release cycles of products other than the iPhone. Especially when it comes to Apple’s Mac lineup, the company continues to offer plenty of devices at its launch prices even years after they were introduced. You never know when Apple is going to refresh a specific product, which makes it difficult to figure out when you should make a purchase. Should you settle for a model that’s been out for a few years, or are you going to be kicking yourself when, a few months later, Apple introduces a new version at the same price? With Apple, it’s hard to know.
4. Apple’s prices are too high
If you’re set on buying the Apple version of any tech product — whether a smartphone, a tablet, or a computer — you can be pretty sure that you’re going to pay more than it would cost you to purchase a gadget from another brand. A key piece of the puzzle when deciding whether you need a Mac or a PC is to determine whether you’re OK with a machine that doesn’t give you the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to specifications. Upgrading specific components, like the internal storage, is much more expensive than it should be. Additionally, repairs to Apple products are almost invariably expensive, whether or not you opt to purchase an AppleCare plan. And if you need to replace Apple-branded accessories, you can also expect to pay far more than would be ideal.
5. Shopping at the Apple Store is annoying
Just about everyone who lives within a few hundred miles of an Apple store knows that Apple’s retail locations are to be avoided at all costs on the day that a new iPhone launches. But even when you visit an Apple store on a regular day, it’s often a frustrating experience. Apple stores are always crowded, and despite an apparent overabundance of employees in blue shirts, you usually need to wait at least a few minutes to get a question answered. If you need someone to look at your iPhone or your Mac, you have to make an appointment ahead of time. And even if you’re just stopping in to buy an accessory or make a small purchase, you have to seek out someone with an iPad to complete the transaction instead of just finding the checkout counter like you would at a more typical store.
6. The App Store makes it difficult to find apps
One of the biggest selling points of the iPhone is the wide assortment of high-quality apps that you can download from the App Store. But anyone who’s used an iPhone (or an iPad) can tell you that the App Store actually makes it really difficult to discover great apps. It’s not hard to find the apps that are extremely popular or are being talked about on all of the tech blogs. But if you need an app for a specific purpose, and don’t necessarily know the names of titles you’d like to try, it can be just about impossible to find a good app. In addition to making it difficult for users to find great apps, the App Store also annoys some users with constant updates. Software updates are great for keeping your data and your device secure, but some users hate constantly seeing a little red bubble notifying them of how many of their apps need to be updated.
7. Everyone wants Tim Cook to be Steve Jobs
Every time Apple introduces a product that critics don’t think is up to Apple’s high standards, they complain that Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs. Critics are constantly speculating about how much better Apple would be if Jobs were still around, criticizing Cook for not being the same kind of leader that Jobs was, and making bold declarations about the things that Apple wouldn’t be doing if Jobs were still at the helm. Perhaps it’s true that few tech companies had co-founders as iconic as Jobs, but the never-ending conversation about how Cook isn’t Jobs is one of the more annoying discussions ongoing in the parts of the blogosphere that are obsessed with Apple.
8. Apple is extremely particular about how you say its product names
You own an Apple product or two, so you probably know how to talk about those products, right? Wrong, according to Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller. The executive said in a tweetstorm that contrary to popular usage, you should never pluralize the names of Apple products. Have you had multiple iPhones over the years? Nope, you’ve had two or three or ten iPhone. Thinking about buying multiples of Apple’s new iPad Pro? Then you’re buying multiple iPad Pro devices. “Words can be both singular and plural,” Schiller explained, “such as deer and clothes.”
9. If you love your Apple products, you can’t keep yourself from going back for more
Despite all of the annoying things about Apple’s policies and products, most Apple fans will tell you that they can’t help themselves from going back for more. Sure, plenty of people switch from an iPhone to an Android phone. But tons of people fall in love with their iPhones and can’t imagine going back, just as many new Mac owners know that they’ll never be happy with a PC again. Whether it’s the iPhone, the Mac, the iPad, or one of Apple’s other products, every Apple devotee has a product that sealed the deal for them. And no matter how annoying the Apple store (or the App Store) gets, fans will put up with Apple’s more annoying qualities to have the gadgets they love.