All of Apple’s products this year were just fine. You could settle yourself totally within the Apple ecosystem and use Apple Music and Apple News on your iPhone while taking Live Photos and you would be just fine. You wouldn’t have the best time, but you wouldn’t have the worst one, either. It would just be fine.
And that’s really the issue. We’re not used to Apple being just fine. We’re used to Apple being wildly better than the competition, or sometimes much worse, but always being ahead of the curve on some significant axis. But what we got in 2015 was an Apple that released more products than ever, all of which felt incomplete in extremely meaningful ways – ways that meant that their products were just fine, and often just the same as everyone else’s.
In defense of Apple, the company did put out a significant number of new platforms this year. Let’s see if they manage to improve these clearly beta platforms in 2016.
ICloud Photos is so disappointing. Apple has changed directions on the originally excellent Photostream idea so many times that nobody knows how it works any more. I am a very experienced Apple user and I’m paying $10 a month for the 1TB of iCloud storage, and I can’t get my Macs to sync up consistently with ICloud Photo Library. And don’t even mention the web interface… With a large photo library it simply doesn’t work — thousands upon thousands of blank photo thumbnails loaded in the browser… If it successfully loads at all.