I am a new iPhone user and almost every day I am finding a new annoyances that make me go WTF with Apple’s decisions. Probably should make a post with all strange things that should not be the way they are.
Usually it is some issue with the software that is due to bugs, which is OK – bugs are to be fixed, that’s why updates are for.
But my today’s annoyance is a clear case of malicious design – I could have very well posted to r/assholedesign.
It turns out that it is impossible to transfer PDFs from iPhone to a Windows PC. You can only transfer books purchased from Apple’s BookStore (or whatever it is called – I do not think I will ever be using this). PDFs downloaded from across the Internet cannot be transferred using the iBooks app. I downloaded about ten different apps that claim to overcome this hurdle – to no avail.
It is difficult to explain how mailcious and deliberate this is. Apple obviously went out of its way to engineer this impossibility.
**How Apple did it?**
1. Normally, you will be able to transfer files from the iPhone to the PC using the iTunes for PC app. However, when trying to sync with iBooks, it turns out that you can only sync purchased books. All other books – including legally downloaded PDFs from other sources are toast.
2. Normally, you would be able to use your iPhone (or any modern phone, for that matter) as a USB, connect it to your PC with a cable and download the file you need. Not with iPhone. You can only download this way photos. The iPhone seems to be deliberately programmed, so that non-photo files (incl PDFs are not available).
I mean, think about it. An engineer in Apple came to work, day-in, day-out and worked his / her ass off in order to make it impossible for some random schmuck like me to be able to transfer their PDFs to their PC. They wrote that impossibility to the iTunes and into the manner the phone works with the PC.
Mind you, this impossibility does not exist, if you work with a Mac.
**Why is this important to me**
I am a researcher in the humanities, working towards a postgraduate degree. It is very convenient for me to go to campus, download quickly from my Uni’s databases 50-60 research papers on a topic I am interested in, and then review these papers at home, selecting and reading the really relevant ones and deleting the rest.
Edit: probably it does not become clear that I download these pdfs on my phone, as it is more convenient to use a phone on campus (for a lot of reasons that are not relevant). Then, when at home, I download the pdfs to my computer for more in-depth review and selection.
Apple’s a*hole design basically kills this possibility for me. I am really considering selling my still new XR for any Android device.
**Why is this malicious?**
It is built-in way of something working on a iPhone-to-mac level but not working on an iPhone-to-PC level. Why? Probably so that you feel screwed using a PC and switch to a Mac. Apple advertises itself as “it just works” but the reality is that it just does not work.
More, not working is maliciously engineered to their software.
Of course, I will not buy a Mac over this. It will make no sense, economically speaking – especially after this really frustrating experience.
Probably I will not buy another device from Apple, whatsoever, because I can never be sure what malicious inconvenience they may engineer in the future.
Plenty of other phone makers around.
EDIT: I should probably add that using an iPhone now feels much like using a Nokia Lumia back in the day, when Microsoft also thought that they could lock uses in their eco-system. Probably Apple will not suffer the same way, but they are definitely losing customers over this.
EDIT: yes, there is a workaround consisting of sending each pdf as a separate email – which takes about 30 min to execute. This is 29 minutes more than it would have taken if it was not for Apple’s deliberate effort to make the process tedious and time-consuming.