One of the benefits of using Apple’s News application is the broad and deep scope of news sources without all the sensationalist riff raff of alt-right and alt-left. This weekend I came across a website that specializes in fluffy material of dubious origin.
The article was entitled “6 Apps Apple Employees Say That You Don’t Really Need On Your iPhone” and consisted of suggestions which you will enjoy for the humor of misplaced guidance or stupid considerations. Read on, amigo.
Needs vs. Wants
Have we not been around on planet earth long enough to know that needs are not wants, and your needs and wants likely differ from mine? So, how can an article claim to be representative of Apple employees without interviewing them all? I did my own survey Monday morning while waiting for a Genius Bar appointment and came up with an entirely different set of apps you don’t need.
First, the Spoiler Alert:
Shopping Apps – why is this category on anyone’s list? The in-app experience often is better than the suggestion to use the store’s website to shop.
Waze – this app is the premier traffic and maps app; better than Google Macs, definitely better than Apple’s Maps app, and far better than either on traffic. It is a battery hog, though, but you’re in your car so recharging while using should be easy.
Facebook – this one is needs vs. wants. Nobody needs Facebook but 2.5-billion earthlings use it. Just exercise some restraint and discipline because Facebook loves to find out about you and then influence your behavior with advertising.
Facebook Messenger – use Apple’s Messages instead.
Games – yes, games are a big time suck but Apple’s iOS platform is perhaps the best and most used games platform on earth; are there not like a million games for iPhone?
Orphaned Apps – if it ain’t being used, then you don’t need it, right? Not so fast. I don’t use the Dictionary app much, but I keep it around.
Stupid list, right?
So, how easy is it to create such a list from other Apple employees? Drop dead easy. While I waited for my Genius Bar appointment I wandered around the Apple Store and struck up a quick conversation with half a dozen different employees and asked the same question: “Which apps do I not need to use on an iPhone?”
The list was revealing and helpful.
Chrome vs. Safari – you do not need Chrome because it doesn’t do anything Safari doesn’t already do.
Maps vs. Maps – every employee preferred Apple Maps to Google Maps which tells me there might be some employer bias in the mix.
Mail vs. Other Email – Apple’s own Mail app came in third behind Airmail and Spark (each selected by three Apple employees).
Messages Wins – none of the employees I talked to would replace Messages thanks to its built-in SMS text messaging capability, and how it segregates Android users into green bubbles (but a few also used Signal; none used Facebook’s WhatsApp or China’s WeChat; one used Line).
See how easy that was?
Everybody has an opinion on apps and usability, and to get it, all you have to do is ask, but I couldn’t find a single Apple employee willing to name an app or category on the SheFinds list, and I had no trouble agreeing with the ones they were willing to tell me about.