Steve Wozniak Isn’t a Fan of the iPhone X’s Power Button


Steve Wozniak

In October of last year, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wasn’t planning on picking up an iPhone X because he was more than happy with his iPhone 8.

However, when current Apple CEO Tim Cook sends you an iPhone X, you’ve at least got to give it a try. Which Wozniak did, and, in December, admitted that he “kind of” likes the new smartphone from the company he helped found so many years ago. But, last week, Wozniak was speaking at the Nordic Business Forum (by way of Business Insider) and opened up about his frustrations with the iPhone X — namely, that the device is complicated for no apparent reason.

The Power Button is drawing Wozniak’s ire, as he points out that pushing the button in different ways offers up so many different use cases. He does not like it when “computers and machinery tricks you,” and then opened up about the iPhone X’s Power Button:

“The power button on the side does different things if you click it quickly, or if you click it twice, and a different thing if you click it a third time.

“…if you’re asleep or if you’re awake; or if you’re turned off or on; if you push it and hold it, it does different things; and if you double-click it, it does another thing; if you five click it, it does another thing.

“And if you push it with the volume button it does another thing. And if you push and hold the volume button it does another thing. Just, ugh!”

Wozniak believes that devices should be as simple and direct as possible, and apparently doesn’t think that the iPhone X’s design is hand-in-hand with Apple’s vision of launching devices that are simple and intuitive.

Our Take

This writer is inclined to agree with The Woz when it comes to the Power Button situation on the iPhone X. It does seem overtly complicated for no real reason. It didn’t take me long to get used to all the different use cases, but at the same time it really came down to just wanting to avoid accidentally calling emergency services, so learning the different ways to use the Power Button was more about how not to do something, rather than getting something done.

Probably not the way that should be handled.

[via Business Insider]

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