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Why is iOS So Restrictive?

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In any iOS vs Android debate the point that iOS is restrictive will be brought up. It is a certainty, People will argue that iOS's restrictiveness is a negative and that it is whats holding iOS back. But why is iOS so restrictive why is iOS the way it is. Would we be better off with an iOS that lets us customise to our hearts content?

Apple Is A Control Freak

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Apple is quite insistent on having absolute control over all the facets of its product starting with the software all the way down tot he hardware. This is both good and bad as you've probably guessed this doesn't leave a lot of room for customisation. But on the positive side this does allow for much better software support and an overall better experience. Let me put it this way a few weeks back me and my classmates were working on a deep learning algorithm ( real deep stuff) and I was rocking a MacBook Air while others were rocking similarly speced windows/ ubuntu laptops. Albeit with newer i5 processors. Much to my surprise my MacBook was constantly faster than its contemporaries even though it was rocking a processor that was about 3 or 4 generations behind what I available on the market right now. Moreover in such a restrictive environment you get software to run better and providing software support becomes easier. The iPhone 5s was launched all the way back in 2013 and it is supported to this day and if you needed to you could most definitely use it as your daily driver( Will the iPhone 5s get iOS 12?). You cannot have software support like this if you didn't have a locked down environment.

Openness Isn't Always A Good Thing

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Sure everyones all for openness and for the ability to tweak and modify anything that you like. While that maybe a great idea it doesn't really help the brand image. The reason why some android phones struggle with their image is because people associate that android phone to some other android phone that has been sub par. If you need any more proof just look at Android wear. Android wear and the Apple Watch came onto the scene at more or less the same time and the difference has been stark. Apple's dominance in the smart watch sector is clear and defined. When comparing the Apple watch and an Android Wear smart watch the differences are clear. While the Android Watch may have more features, or gimmicks or both, The Apple Watch is polished and overall provides a much better experience. These intangible differences have been reflected in sales. If the iPhone went the same lets customise everything route iOS would be more buggy than it already is
Maybe being locked inside a walled garden is a good thing. You never know what lurks outside those gates.


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