This is the time of the year where we look back and ask what was good, what was bad. This is certainly the case for Apple. Here is a brief rundown.
- Tom’s Guide: Apple in 2018: Where It Triumphed, And Where It Flopped. Summary: good on the hardware side (iPad Pro, iPhone XR), bad on the software side (iOS).
- iMore: Apple’s biggest wins of 2018: Apple Watch, Health, Privacy, iOS performance improvements, iPhone cameras.
- Vector Show: Worst of Apple 2018: Siri. HomeKit. Lack of international versions of many of Apple services like News, Apple Pay Cash. App Store and scam apps certainly something un Apple like.
- MacRumors: Year in Review: Everything Apple Introduced in 2018.
My own take ? One of the best year on the hardware side for the iPad Pro, the iPhone in general for offering pretty much the same features at difference price points. Apple seems to care again for the Mac too. But the MacBook keyboard is still controversial even after three “small” revisions. This was a good year for iOS but not great one. iOS 12 was able to make us forget about how bad iOS 11 was for certain users. But it didn’t do much for unleashing the iPad from its limitations Services are improving each year and 2018 is no exception. Exhibit A: Siri is improving. Yet, people still think Siri isn’t good or improving but it isn’t the case. As Apple is turning itself in a services company, we do see some movements there. On The Mac side, Apple played catch up with MacBook Air and Mac mini.