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Apple, why is it so hard to love you?

A few months ago, when my iPhone Xs Max arrived, I was so excited, I could barely contain myself.

I immediately set to transferring my content from my old X to the new Xs Max.

Transferring was a breeze and I was struck by how far we’d come from the old days of having to manually back up your phone, by physically connecting your phone to computer to synchronize your new device through iTunes.

Although I hit a minor snafu requiring technical support, the resolution was painless and instantaneous.

In hindsight, that minor snafu was a portent of things to come.

Let me explain.

I’m typically not a first mover when it comes to anything Apple.

Usually, I’ll wait about a month before copping the latest device.

I let others suffer through Apple’s missteps (and issue fixes and updates) before stepping into the breach.

I probably would have done the same thing this time, but for Verizon offering to swap my old phone and upgrading me to the Xs Max.

But now I had it, was past the aforementioned snafu, and was getting used to my latest acquisition.

The Xs Max has a bunch of cool features, to be sure.

My favorite I found completely by accident when I was putting my Mous case on the phone.

It’s the battery indicator.

Touch the battery icon on the phone and a larger icon shows up on the center of screen showing you how much battery you’ve got left.

But that was just a gateway find.

Touch any icon on the top of the screen and a larger version of that icon appears.

The actual battery life is probably my second favorite thing about the Max.

Unlike Apple’s previous claims that the battery life of their <insert version of iPhone here> had <insert percentage here> more battery life than previous versions, the claim with the Xs Max actually bears out.

There are a host of other features that make the Xs Max one of the best iPhone releases to date.

But then, there are the things that make me want to smash the phone with a hammer.

Without fail, you can always count on Apple to muck things up.

Like when they got rid of the battery percentage indicator.

Or eliminated the home button.

How about losing the headphone jack?

As excited I was for the Xs Max, I knew – I just knew there was going to be a moment when I would be like “WTF Apple?”

My “WTF?” moment came the first time I tried to attach a picture to a text message.

Ordinarily, when you’re typing a message and want to add a picture, you hit the camera icon next to the text input field and the picture tray slides up from the bottom.

From there, you can simply snap a photo or select from your recents.

If the image you’re looking for isn’t on that tray, you can expand your search by opening your photo library in a new window.

The convenience of having your recent photos pop up in that tray can’t be overstated.

But, true to form, Apple has eliminated that convenience.

Now, instead of having a tray slide up from the bottom of your screen with your recent photos, selecting the camera icon opens up the friggin’ camera!

To get to your recent photos, you’ve got to click the media icon on the top left of the screen, which then opens up your media library.

Then, you can select a recent photo or open up your entire media library.

And this is where Apple has outdone themselves.

Before, all you did was select the image you wanted to use and it would be added to your message.

With the new Xs Max, selecting the image is just that – selecting the image.

Pick an image and the blue check box shows up and then – nothing.

You’re not taken back to your message to continue typing or to send your message.

You’re stuck on the screen.

The first time I did it, I felt like Ben Stiller in Zoolander, trying to get the files out of the computer.

There was no obvious way to get back to my text message.

There was no little blue arrow in the footer to indicate that I was uploading an image.

In fact, there was no footer at all.

There was nothing on the screen that seemed in any way helpful – besides the “x” in the corner – which said to me that I’d be canceling the addition of my selected picture to my text message.

At a loss, I clicked the “x” assuming it would send me back to he previous screen where I could retry my attempt to attach a picture.

Wouldn’t you know that my picture was there?

This convoluted process is now how you’re forced to add pictures to a text message.

Really Apple.

I get the desire to thrill and delight users with new features, but why, for the love of god, don’t you leave the things that work perfectly fine, alone?

I could go on about all the other infuriating things about the Xs Max, but why? It’s not like Apple actually pays attention to its users and makes changes in a timely fashion.

Or, more appropriately, they know when they’ve fucked something up. They just don’t care enough to fix it.

There’s another version of the phone on the horizon for me to love – and hate.

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What the f*!king f*!k? Top 10 reasons I hate the iPhone X.

Even though I’m an Apple fanboy, who will go to great lengths to extol the virtues of my beloved Apple, I’m also a realist, ready to expose Apple’s flaws notwithstanding.

Case in point, the iPhone X.

Typically, I get the latest Apple devices the minute they hit the stores – more accurately, I pre-order them as soon as they are available.

I bypassed the iPhone 8 Plus specifically to be first in line to get what I was initially calling iPhone “X” but have since been advised is actually called the iPhone “10.”

Now that I’ve had it for a week or so, I definitely have buyer’s remorse. I had built it up in my mind to be this next level ish. But it’s just meh.

It’s more than “meh.” It’s downright frustrating.

More than once I’ve contemplating asking for my first born back and returning the phone to Apple.

There are sooo many things wrong with it, I couldn’t possibly list them all.

But not to deprive you of my expert analysis of the iPhone, and as an homage to the iPhone X (I mean “10”), here are the top 10 reasons I hate the iPhone X (I mean “10”).

1. I miss the Home button. When Apple first disclosed that they were going full-screen, like most people, I thought “wow!” In theory, getting rid of the Home button would free up some serious real estate for video, apps and games. But in actuality, the transition to no Home button has been hard. Per Apple’s design guidelines and best practices, you’re not supposed to use that space for anything but the Home bar, which isn’t quite as useful and intuitive as the Home button (to which so many of us had become accustomed). Now instead of pressing the Home button to turn on your phone, log in (via Touch ID), exit out of apps, take a picture, etc., you’ve got to do a bunch of different things to achieve the desired result.

2. Force touch is a farce. I used to be able to swipe left from the side or up from the bottom of the phone on the lock screen to access the camera or flashlight (which was stored with other functions on the control panel). The first few times I tried to access the camera, by doing the obvious and holding the camera icon, nothing happened. It took me a few attempts to get the camera to open, and when I tried to do it again, I couldn’t. I had to resort to a Google search and videos before I understood that force touch and release was the trick.

3. Face ID sucks. Apple touted Face ID as the hot new shit. Per Apple, “Face ID lets you securely unlock your iPhone X, authenticate purchases, sign in to apps, and more—with just a glance.” It was supposed to be uber-secure. But as we now know, it’s quite easy to fool Apple’s biometric security system, as one 10 year old was able to demonstrate on YouTube. Not only does it unlock on siblings’ and offsprings’ faces, a well made mask will also do the trick!

And that’s when it works. I’ve wanted to smash the phone on my face for all the times that nothing happens at all. Or when I held it up and am presented with the keypad to type in my security code. WTF?!!

4. Missing: battery percentage indicator. There is nothing more frustrating than running out of juice on your phone. The battle of the battery was made manageable by the little percentage indicator that let you know exactly how much juice you had left before you were assed out. But with the iPhone X (I mean “10”), you’re reduced to guesstimating when trying to determine remaining battery life. Of course, you do get to see the amount of battery your phone has left, when you connect it to a charger, but what good is that when you’re out and about? Hey Apple, maybe if you got rid of that f*cking notch you’d have more space to give us back our percentage indicator.

5. I just want to turn off the f*cking phone! If you’ve ever owned an iPhone, you know that rapid charger or nah, your phone charges much faster if it’s turned off than when it’s on. So you can imagine my chagrin when I couldn’t figure out (a) how much battery I had left, and (b) how to turn the damn thing off so that it could charge faster. Before, you could just hold the side button for a few seconds which brought up the slider allowing you to turn the phone off. Now the side button dials up Siri. In order to turn off the phone, you’ve got to hold the side button and either volume button in order to get the slider and turn the phone off.

6. App switching is a bitch. Prior to the iPhone X (I mean “10”), I was able to access the apps I had running in the background by a simple double press of the home button. But the home button is gone. So now what? More goddamn gestures. That’s what! To access your apps, you’ve got to swipe up from the bottom of the screen in whatever app you happen to be in and hold it in the middle of the screen. If you do it correctly, then you’ll see the rest of your apps pull in from the left side of your screen. Now allegedly, you’re also supposed to be able to switch between apps by swiping along the bottom of the screen from left to right or right to left in order to access apps quicker. But I’ve yet to be able to master that lil trick.

7. Wireless charging is whack. The iPhone is a notorious power drain. So it was with great joy and excitement that I greeted the news that wireless charging was coming the the iPhone. Lesser phones had wireless charging, and now Apple saw fit to bestow that capability upon its loyal subjects. In anticipation of being able to charge my phone without tethering, I purchased the Mophie wireless charging base. Boasting the latest Qi technology and up to 7.5W fast-charging speeds, I just knew that I was stepping up my game when it came to keeping my iPhone juiced up. Alas, twas not to be. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve placed my phone on the damn Mophie overnight only to wake up the following day to a half-charged phone. Even when you get the alert on the home screen that your phone is charging, it may not actually be charging. Back to being tethered.

8. Can I puh-lease just close the friggin’ apps? Remember how you used to be able to exit out of apps by double-clicking the home button to pull up all the apps you had open on your iPhone, and simply swiping up? Those days are long gone. With the iPhone X (I mean “10”) you’ve got to swipe up from the bottom and hold to reveal all your apps. Then you’ve got to long hold one of the open apps to get the “-” symbol to appear on the top left corner of the app, before you either swipe up or press the “-” symbol to exit out of an app.

9. Why can’t the iPhone just open to the home screen? One of my biggest pet peeves with the iPhone X (I mean “10”) is the fact that it never opens up to the home screen after you unlock it. Never. You’ve got to swipe up from the bottom on the lock screen to expose whatever screen you happened to be on when you last used your phone. And then swipe up from that screen to get to the home screen. That’s just too much work if you ask me.

10. What’s with that stupid notch? When the “all screen” iPhone X was announced, I thought, what are they going to do with the phone and earpiece? I had fantasies of a camera hidden behind the glass and an earpiece embed seamlessly into the screen. And then I saw that notch and thought, that’s hideous. And then came the Samsung commercials and memes, which (I had to admit) were spot on. Not only is the notch aesthetically unappealing, it also wreaks havoc on app makers who haven’t yet updated their content to meet Apple’s exacting design guidelines. Note to developers – make sure you do to avoid having navigation buttons and other functionality inaccessible in landscape mode.

Now despite my distaste for the above, I still love my iPhone X (I mean “10”). Most of my complaints go to the fact that I’ve got to unlearn everything I knew about navigating on an iPhone and acclimate myself to doing things on the X.

Like the missing headphone jack, it’s going to take a bit of getting used to. But it also means that I’m riding the wave of the future for Apple devices.

Do you have an iPhone X (I mean “10”)? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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