It’s going to take more than new OLED displays to keep me as a full-time iPhone user

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iPhone rumors have always been a favorite pastime of the tech media and the iPhone XI rumors started weeks ago.

I have been an iPhone user for a very long time and if you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I am an Android user as well. While I use both platforms, I’ve been a full-time iPhone user for at least the past 8-years. What do I mean by full-time iPhone user? Well, the iPhone is my main device to which I take the majority of my phone calls, texts, emails and do my day-to-day activities.

I always have an Android device as a secondary. The secondary device is there for backup, in case the iPhone craps out. It’s also used for a secondary tethering option, should I run out of data tethering on my iPhone’s carrier plan.

iPhone rumors have always been a favorite pasttime of the tech media and the iPhone XI rumors started weeks ago. This year, I decided that Apple will need to make major changes if they want to keep me as an iPhone user. So far, none of the rumors coming out have compelled me to stick with the fruit groups phone.

The latest, as reported by BGR, is Apple will be using new OLED screens on their entire line of 2019 iPhones. This includes the “budget-friendly” version of the iPhone. BGR also reported that the largest of the new iPhones will be 6.7″, which is a bump up from the XS Max’s 6.5″ display. Previous rumors also have the new iPhones sporting new cameras, maybe even a triple or quad-camera setup.

Still, these aren’t the changes I want to see in the next iPhone. No, it’s going to take a full overhaul of the iOS interface and UX to hold me to an iPhone, full-time, in 2019. I’ve been harping on this for years but full control over the Springboard is what Apple needs to implement. This means:

  • Moving icons where YOU want them
  • Control over the grid size
  • Ability to change icons for any app
  • Ability to place widgets on the Springboard
  • Control over the padding of the Springboard

…and that’s just the start.

I used to have several reason for sticking with the iPhone as my main device. I used a MacBook Pro, I used an iPad, I used an Apple TV, and I use an Apple Watch. Now, I have moved away from the Apple ecosystem. I now use a Windows desktop, Windows laptop, and gave up the tablets. So the only real thing holding me in is iMessage. I think we all agree that iMessage is super convenient, especially when your whole family is using it. But that is a sacrifice I am willing to make for a better UX from an Android device.

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I know I am most-likely beating a dead horse here as we all know Apple doesn’t take outside ideas. Apple is always right and Apple knows what the customer should have (heavy sarcasm). But while I am sure Apple isn’t paying attention to me, or anyone else, I will continue to voice my desire for an overhauled iOS experience.

We shall see what 2019 has in store for me in terms of primary devices. The top three contenders, as of now, are the Samsung Galaxy S10+, Samsung Galaxy Note10, and the Google Pixel 4 XL.

Which one of those three devices mentioned above should I make my primary device? Are you an iPhone user thinking of switching? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, or Facebook. You can also comment on our MeWe page by joining the MeWe social network.

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