Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. My peeve today is about some strange “enhancements” Apple made to its latest upgrade to its mobile operating system.
I upgraded to iOS 16 for my iPhone a few days ago. Why? Because it has some neat features to it and I thought it would be the right thing to do. But when it came to using my iPhone for my blog, Apple made some changes that I just don’t get.
For example, if I put the cursor on a word and tap it, the first option the prior iOS version gave was “select.” That made sense, since before you do anything with a word or phrase, like cut or copy or paste it, you would select it, right? But for some strange reason, the “select” option in the updated version of iOS comes after the “paste” option. (See below).
That has screwed me up a few times when I, out of habit, hit where “select” used to be, but I ended up pasting unwanted text instead.
Another example is when I want to underline a word. Unfortunately, underline is not an option in the iOS version of the WordPress app (but strikethrough is — like you use strikethrough a lot), so I have to select the word and use Apple’s underline functionality. In the old version of iOS, when the “select” menu came up, there was a little arrow to the right and when I tapped that, I’d get an option to apply bold, italics, or underline to the selected text.
But now, there’s an extra step. I see “format” and I have to tap that in order to see the bold, italics, or underline selection. Why add that extra step? Is that supposed to be an improvement?
Finally, if I wanted to add a link to my post, I used to select the text and then click on the “link” icon. And, viola, the link was established.
But now I get this:
Of course I want to allow the paste. Why else would I have clicked on the link icon? Sheesh! I guess it’s not just WordPress that makes things more difficult with each new release.
Okay, I’m done.