Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Apr 2014 19:09 UTC

I deeply, truly, desperately want Apple to add a Files app and DocumentPicker controller to the iPhone and iPad in iOS 8. I've wanted it going on 4 years, and every year more than the last. It is, in my very humble opinion, one of the biggest, most frustrating holes remaining on Apple's mobile operating system, and all the more so because it seems like a model for fixing it has been in successful use for years already. Right now we're saddled with the complexity and frustration of iOS documents locked in app and iCloud jails. We're driven to outdated filesystems like Dropbox because Apple hasn't yet provided a next generation alternative. It needs to happen and so I'm once again asking for it this year and for iOS 8.

iOS has many complexity-inducing frustrations born out of "keep it simple", but none as big as this one. File handling on iOS is so incredibly frustrating and needlessly complex that I have a hard time considering it a mature operating system at all. My line of work requires constant opening and closing of a quarter metric frickton of files, and that kind of stuff is simply impossible on iOS.

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You hit it on the head
by deathshadow on Fri 2nd May 2014 21:59 UTC
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With ONE sentence -- and it seems to be something plagueing UI designers right now be it iOS, OSX, Windows 8, or *nix desktops like Gnome 3 or Unity... Or even web development.

frustrations born out of "keep it simple"

In web development, we have a term for this: False Simplicity. Where something looks simple, or looks good, right up until you try to use it.

Apple is repeatedly guilty of this, and it's part of why I consider OSX (and MacOS before it) a cute toy OS, but useless for me as a 'daily driver'... It's also why (on top of the alleged quality that... well, isn't) after trying out several different models of iOS products, I went out and got a cheap Andriod powered phone -- which I am FAR happier with.

It's the old saying in action -- things should be as simple as they need to be, an no simpler!

It's why Windows 8 is a giant middle finger to notebook and desktop users, why iOS can be so annoyingly crippled people like myself wouldn't waste money on anything running it, and why a lot of websites no matter how pretty they are, end up useless to visitors.

Edited 2014-05-02 22:02 UTC

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