[Dropcaps]On Monday Apple began holding it’s annual WWDC event, showcasing the latest features that the well known company is bringing to iOS6. Now, I don’t own an iPhone, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see progression in the operating system. After all, great ideas and implementation promote competition that benefits consumers. With that said, it is pretty sad that iOS users have very limited options when it comes to sharing things they care about with their social circles.[/Dropcaps]
Facebook Integrated Throughout iOS…So What?
On their website Apple states that users will “definitely like” Facebook integration throughout iOS6. That’s great and all, but what if you don’t use Facebook? Not everyone does and why is sharing limited to only a few apps? For example, let’s say you just took a picture of a splendid dessert you just made and you want to show it off. With the image open you can instantly share it to Facebook, great! But what if you decided that you want to share it to your other friends on Google+, or put it in your DropBox to be added to a folder that you’ve created specifically for desserts you’ve made, or share it via Bluetooth to another device, or post it to your WordPress blog so that you can write an article about it. And you want to do this all from one menu? The answer is simple. You can’t. Here are your sharing options:
iOS was never built with sharing in mind. If you don’t believe me, think about why Instagram became so popular. It was the only tool that allowed iOS users to share their images socially through an option in the main sharing menu. As you can see in the image above, you don’t have many sharing options if you own an iPhone. Even worse, if you want to share from an app that’s not in the menu then you specifically have to open that app first. This may not sound like a big deal to iPhone users because they’re used to it, but one would have to admit that they’d rather be able to share to everything from one menu rather than having to open up an app before doing so. It just adds an extra step to the process.
Oh and if you want to share a web page, here are your options:
My heart goes out to you faithful iOS users. You’ve hung in there for a while now hoping that Apple would give you a little more freedom in terms of sharing things that matter to you. To top it off, the user interface has pretty much stayed the same in terms of aesthetics. For a phone that looks so elegant on the outside, the inside still has some catching up to do. Let’s hope there isn’t more of the same when iOS 7 rolls around.