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baltoli  ·  3063 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Matthew Panzarino: Google finds its design voice on iOS

I, like many others, am always slightly irked by Apple's refusal to let you select a default application. I think that if they allowed this, it could potentially significantly renew the appeal of iOS - it would move more towards being a platform, rather than a launcher for a collection of apps.

mk  ·  3063 days ago  ·  link  ·  

IMO that would represent a fundamental shift for Apple as a company, -really a change of character. My guess is that as Apple starts to lose marketshare (unless they can grab onto a new edge of innovation), they will make a decision to do something like this. But, because so many Apple users enjoy the walled garden they provide, I think it will hurt them more than help.

baltoli  ·  3063 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I actually don't think it would hurt them that much at all. The 'power users' would be the ones to benefit from the change, and 'regular users' wouldn't even have to consider it if they didn't want to.

mk  ·  3063 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I suppose if they did it carefully I would agree. I guess what I am saying is that an Apple that made that shift isn't the same Apple anymore, and I wouldn't expect them to be able to open up and yet make sure their UI for the regular users was preserved. Many regular users might be lured into a hybrid experience they don't appreciate.