iOS8 – Apple Users REALLY Want A BlackBerry!

Look! There's That Unified Inbox Thingy You Were After
Look! There’s That Unified Inbox Thingy You Were After – Or ‘HUB’

Well, personally, I was disappointed.

No sooner had the Great Lords of iPhonia sat down to tumultuous polite applause and the Tweeting had begun. Tweets like:

‘Whatsapp’s CEO Not Happy About Apple ‘Borrowing’ Features’

‘Apple’s new OS looks very familiar – it looks like BlackBerry 10!’

‘Apple to developers. We love you, but we’ll also take you down’

And my own personal favourite after they had the audacity to stand up there and go on about Apple security:

‘iOS8 Already hacked – DoulCi’

But, let’s take a step back. Remember, Apple have pretty much given up on new sales, they need upgrades – that’s their business plan now. And they slipped in the fact that iOS8 will make the iPhone 4 obsolete on impact.


VERY 2012.

But did iPhonians get what they wanted?

A few weeks ago in our post Apple Users Want A BlackBerry we looked at what they SAID they wanted. In their own words. So let’s revisit that list again and see if they got enough…

1) The ability to Select All in messages rather than go in and out of each one NO!
2) Unified Synergy-style messaging hub (Messages + FaceTime all in one app, with 3rd-party silos eventually). NO!
3) Actionable lock screen notifications YES!!!!
4) Real Multi Tasking NO!
5) A 3rd party keyboard cos the stock one isn’t very good (well, no need for us, the BB10 one is best in class) YES!!!
6) NFC NO!
7) An app that makes it clear what files are saved in the cloud and the amount of storage remaining. (Dropbox, Box and OneDrive) NO!
8) File Manager NO!
9) Notification LED NO!
10) Print to PDF NO!
11) Dark Theme (someone said the phone burns their eyeballs at night) Hmmm… not sure…
12) Ability to ‘Hide’ apps (Blackberry Style) well… NO!
13) Message, mail etc notifications in the status bar with a number in for how many unread (and they don’t go away until they are seen or deleted) NO!
14) Flash support (yes, they said it!) NO!
15) Ability to see what is driving battery usage NO!

So, of the 15 things THEY said they wanted, they got 2.

Is it enough?

Or since iOS9 will, I suspect, appear sometime in 2015 and by that time BlackBerry will be way out of sight, is it time for these guys to come #BackToBlack?

I think I’ll leave the last word to the lady who posted the Tweet of the night.

‘I think I’m over iPhone. I think I want a BlackBerry.’


Bigglybobblyboo is a legend almost nowhere at all. He is a founder member of UTB and spends his spare time taking out his anger at the world with a fishfork and a spatula. He is also a Cribbage Master, having won 1 fight online as the other guy refused to turn up out of fear for his life.

  • Damn Biggs! You “have your finger on the pulse!”

    I am hootin’ and hollerin’ with laughter right now! This is awesome! I’m sorry, but seeing or even imagining the disappointed look on an iphonean’s face warms my heart! I hope many of them make the switch to the best platform available… BB10!

    WoooHooo! :)

  • Reverend Grim

    I’m sorry Biggly but I have to stick up for Crapple here, I know I can’t stand them and I always look for a way to put them down (lethal injection would be favourite) but in the interests of being fair, and as a man of the Cloth, you have number 4 wrong, multi tasking, the iPhone can multi task, I see it alot, Fart app…. alarm (sometimes) phone calls and transferring data to the NSA, letting anyone in the same Starbucks as you look at everything on your phone and hold its owner to ransom! I have to say it, my Z10 doesn’t do any of these things……….. so really they get 3 out of 15!
    Only being fair!

    • Jeesh Grim! Don’t do that. You scared me!

      Don’t start off with “…I have to stick up for crApple.” I thought you’d been brainwashed or something!


      • MePiikan LzBolaz

        I thought the same thing. At first I was like :O but after reading I’m actually locco_smiley_1

  • Canuckvoip

    2 of 15?
    Good thing they’re not a sports team…

  • jic999

    Attachment email and Hub Management on the BlackBerry 10 is professionally awesome add in a native file manager & Remote PC well let’s stop here !!!. Wifi battery draining cloud box is no where near BB10 email attachment, Hub Attachment and native file manager & Remote PC !

    • But jic999, what about the 50 different fart apps available in I-world?! :)

  • Chaplain_Clancy

    crApple’s job after this release is to now come back to the fans and say…’Look at these two things we gave you. You don’t actually need all of that other stuff.’ iZombie response…’Oh yeah, you’re right.’

  • newcollector

    I heard from someone who is not in the know and knows no one in the know that iOS 10 will actually become BB10 so they will finally be able to have all the goodness the we enjoy now.