I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the ecosystem I am in and have been since the iPhone 3GS – Apple. I use all Apple gear (MacBook, iPhone, AirPods, HomePods and Apple TV) and for the most part it’s always just worked. However over the last few months and since really using iOS 16 day to day I have seriously started to look at Android. The amount of testing that Apple have done with both the iPhone Mini and accessibility is something they should be ashamed of. I see issues on iOS 16 multiple times a day and whilst none crash my device I get UI glitches and cut off text almost all over iOS. I also want to get a feel for something else, I don’t want to only have a one ecosystem view of the tech world.
I am also starting to feel like Apple are pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable from a price perspective and their recent hubris around opening up messages to support RCS really turns me off this company that I once held so highly.
Listening to so many Apple podcasts, following so many Apple users on social media and reading so many Apple sites really keeps me stuck in the mindset that Apple are the best out there and their hardware is a step above the rest. Getting out of that mindset and community every now and again I think is good for me. I cannot even contemplate moving to another ecosystem because of lock in and I think about it and give up. I need to push through this and figure out what is like to be in another ecosystem to learn a bit more about what else is out there. I have always said I’ll use what’s best for me and slowly but surely the iPhone isn’t fitting within this thinking.
I’ve already felt the impact of thinking about switching with the family calendar being in iCloud and iMessage – but there are alternatives. I still have my MacBook, that’s definitely not going anywhere so I still have access to these services. My photos can come out of iCloud and move to Google Photos no problem and then I can cancel my paid for iCloud services.
If you’re looking at switching and trying something else it’s important to remember that it won’t be the end of the world. There are alternatives and you might like them.
(I have no idea what I’m doing right now with it all).