My iPhone Lost Its Home Key
When I got my iPhone 3G, the Home Button was a lovely little place. Pressing it brought me to the cute little springboard, where I could flick back and forth, browsing my collection of sterling applications to run. It was wonderful. The Home Button was a place of possibilities. The largest physical switch on the device, it beckoned you to Try New Things! Do More! It was wonderful.
Sadly, the magic is gone. My Home Button is gone.
My Home Button has become the Stop What You Are Doing Button.
Listening to music via Pandora, and you need to look up a recipe? Press the Stop Button first.
Playing Glyder or Assassin’s Creed and need to check the weather? Stop, in the name of Jobs!
In the midst of your Twitter feed and need to check a meeting time? Stop! Leave your Twitter feed Now!
Reading news with Fluent News or CNN and need to jot a note down? Give up, press your Stop Button.
This really sucks.
Every day I use my iPhone. I probably press that damn key 50-100 times a day. Every time I press it, I am more annoyed that Apple hasn’t gotten off its revenue-generating butt and given us multi-tasking.
Every day, their flagship product (and oh yes it is that) annoys me. Can’t be good for business. Makes me wonder about an Android phone. A guy at work has a G1, and the browser is not awful. It multi-tasks. Probably doesn’t drop calls all the time.
Please, Apple, do something about this. Add an ‘Expert’ mode, make me have to buy it as a $25 add-on option — I’ll do it. In a second.
Because still, while my iPhone can do wonderful things, there are a ton things it can’t do that my ancient Motorola Q running Windows Mobile could do, years ago.
And that is sad. And clearly, at this late juncture in the iPhone OS’s lifetime, it is entirely a choice by Apple.
(And no, Jail-breaking is not an option. I have a 3GS, which only has a tethered Jailbreak available. And my iPhone sees iTunes about once every 6 months. I loath iTunes. Any Jailbreak solution which depends on my having iTunes around whenever I reboot the iPhone is not a solution.)
I wonder if Steve Jobs’ iPhone makes him leave Pandora to look at his Email? Bet not.