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I don't use Apple anymore. Here is why:

The first reason is that on iOS you can only install apps that have been approved by Apple. At first this may seem like a good thing since it means you can't install malware. And it would be a good thing if Apple only blocked malware. But Apple doesn't block apps because they're bad for the user, Apple blocks apps because they're bad for their business. This means that Apple will block apps that are not only harmless to the user, but actually useful. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Web browsers. I know there are iOS apps called Chrome or Firefox, but those aren't the real Chrome or Firefox. They're just versions of Safari with a Google or Mozilla theme. They're no better than Safari. And Google, Mozilla or anyone else can't make an iOS browser better than Safari, because if they did, Apple would block it.
  • In-app ad blockers. I find in-app ads really annoying. On any non-Apple system I would just install software to block such ads. But on iOS I can't. There was once an in-app ad blocker for iOS called Been, but Apple blocked it.

And even if Apple approves an app, the app's developer still has to pay to upload it to the App Store. This discourages many programmers from creating iOS apps. I myself am a programmer, and I don't write iOS apps mainly for this reason. I also have some very useful extensions in my browser on my Windows computer, and I contacted their authors to ask them to make iOS apps out of those extensions so that I can use them on my phone too, but they didn't want to pay to upload them to the App Store.

I've tried jailbreaking my iPhone to use apps that aren't approved by Apple, but that turned out to be useless because most jailbreaking apps force you to pay to unlock the most useful features. If I'm going to pay, I might as well buy an Android phone so that I don't have to put up with Apple at all.

The second reason Apple is so bad is because you can't update iOS on old phones. I have an iPhone 5S which is in perfectly good shape, but it's basically worthless now since I can't update it beyond iOS 12. And it's not only the operating system I can't update. The Safari version is tied to the iOS version so I can't update Safari either. And as I said earlier, Apple won't approve web browsers for iOS unless they use the Safari web engine. This means that I can't even get something as simple as an up to date web browser on my iPhone. And if I buy an new iPhone, it will have the same problem in a few years. I guess my only choice is to buy an Android.

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