I generally like Apple products. I was a long time hater of all things MAC back when I used Windows and knew nothing else, but since getting my own MAC I've come to really appreciate them. I've even drawn parodies of the MAC vs PC war, which unfortunately had the effect of pissing off people who still think it's a war that actually means anything (Seriously, if you genuinely get angry or worked up over the finer points of the Mac vs PC debate... grow up. That's like fighting the Nintendo vs Sega debate unironically 20 years after the fact).
But while I love my computer and my Apple products... they've been doing a lot of stuff to piss me off lately... Allow me to explain my frustrations.
I generally use my iPhone 4S to watch movies. I like having playlists made up of movies so I can have stuff running in the background when I'm working. I also have a cable that connects my iPhone to my TV, allowing me to play those movies up on the big screen. This is useful at conventions because I can bring a cheap TV, hook up my iPhone with the cable, and broadcast playlists of my artwork and videos to draw the attention of patrons.
However, thanks to a new system update, all the key features I enjoy on my phone have been systematically removed one by one.
First an iTunes update no longer allows movies to play in playlists on my phone. It works fine in my iTunes on my computer, and the playlists still show up on my phone, but they are blank and videos won't play back to back anymore. So now I have to manually select each movie. Not really a problem, just a minor inconvenience, right?
Next, they removed the ability to watch YouTube on my TV through my cable. Movies already stored on my phone work just fine, but the YouTube app itself refuses to display movies on the TV. Again, not really a problem... but kinda annoying.
Now comes the big one. In the most recent update to my phone, I've lost the ability to use my video output cable entirely. According to Apple, it's part of their plan to push their new "lightning" cable port on the iPhone 5. But here's the catch: My iPhone 4S is physically built with the older cable port. You can't upgrade the port, as it's hardware built into the way the device was designed. So I've lost the ability to watch anything on my TV simply because my 4S now has the same OS as an iPhone 5. Even though their hardware is entirely different.
If that wasn't bullshit enough, this new software update refuses to recognize Apple's own cables. On a 4S the video out and charge port are both the same port. Thanks to this update my phone literally can't charge sometimes because the software doesn't recognize that it's even plugged in. Sometimes it will charge, sometimes it won't, it seems to be quite the crap shoot.
This glitch has also had the issue of my phone not realizing that it's not actually outputing anything. If I ever get my phone plugged in and charging, sometimes I can't hear the sound to anything I'm playing because it thinks that the audio is being output to the TV through the charge cable. That means that the only way to listen to anything on my phone now is to have it unplugged... which drains the batteries... which i can't recharge... because of a software update.
That... is really shitty. With one software update I've gone from being able to use my phone to stream video and movies practically anywhere, to barely being able to keep the damn thing charged and functional.
I don't get the logic behind removing a feature that doesn't need to be removed. My old iPhone could play videos in a playlist, so why can't my new one? Why remove something that's not broken? And if you're gonna remove it... why not remove it all across the board? (ie: why does my computer allow me to play videos in a playlist, but not my phone when they both use the same software?) Or at least warn me that this update will remove a key feature that the phone is supposed to be able to DO.
I like Apple, but I am absolutely frustrated at this whole situation. And I know for a fact that it's a software issue not a hardware issue. I can't even back-date my phone to the older OS, because my new iTunes on my computer refuses to do it. I've tried doing it manually, and that just resulted in a hard-reset needing to be done because it didn't work.
All I want to do is to play videos on my iPhone. And Apple has taken that functionality, in all it's manifestations, away from me for seemingly no good reason.
Fuck you, Apple.
I realize that I just spent a long time detailing a specific problem I have with an Apple product, but this is not a Mac vs PC debate and I would greatly appreciate it if anyone who comments here does not fall into arguing that bullshit. Both systems have their pros and cons and neither one is superior. Just because I point out a flaw I've experienced in one does not mean the opposite side "wins" anything. So please... no fighting.