Comparable Apps to Replace Apple Apps

  • iTunes/ Apple Music Spotify
  • Facetime Skype
  • Weather Dark Sky, The Weather Channel
  • Mail Outlook
  • Maps Waze, Google Maps
  • Notes OneNote
  • Contacts, Photos, Calendar Google

For years, the appeal of Apple and its products could be summed up in the mantra that Steve Jobs repeated year after year as he unveiled new products: “It just works.” This phrase perfectly captured the way Apple seemed to always find a balance between form and functionality. The products were easy to use for even the least technologically advanced users, but still kept up with those who had more demanding needs from their technology, all while maintaining a sleek design. Now, after an especially difficult last couple of years for Apple, many of us may find ourselves asking if the same mantra still holds true for Tim Cook’s Apple. As criticism for Apple reaches what seems like an all time high, let’s take a look at some of the key problems to see if Apple truly is lost or just pivoting before they find their way again.

One of Apple’s biggest recurring missteps has been losing focus by attempting too many projects at once, which leads them to neglect important updates and features at the expense of users. Rather than focusing on, and perfecting, a few key product lines, as Steve Jobs insisted they do, Apple has been stretching themselves too thin. This causes them to have major flaws in all of their technology, rather than just a few products that work flawlessly.

Let’s take a look at some of the major problems Apple has had over the last few years:

  • Significant decline in iPad sales due to a lack of substantial updates in combination with the much lower price points of competing products
  • Overemphasis on design at the expense of function resulting in things like excessive dongles for the new iPhones, shorter battery life on the new MacBook Pro, and AirPod earbuds that rely on Siri to adjust volume or skip a song
  • Google has taken the education market away from Apple
  • Siri was surpassed by other digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home
  • Countless software problems and bugs with new updates like the infamous “I” bug
  • News broke that Apple was intentionally slowing down older phones without users knowing in order to preserve battery life

Due to all of these problems and more, it’s understandable that even the most loyal Apple users are getting frustrated. In order for Apple to get back on track, they will need to make good on Steve Jobs’ promise that their products “just work” and rebuild the trust of their users. So, should we all just give up on Apple and assume they are lost for good? Best case scenario, Apple isn’t lost for good, just struggling to find their way and establish a new identity post-Steve Jobs. In the meantime, it’s safe to say that most of us don’t want to be along for the ride as Apple works out all of their problems. Unfortunately, due to the nature of Apple products, it can be very difficult and overwhelming to transition away from their ecosystem.

So how do you start to move away from Apple? Slowly start to move to third party solutions for everything that you keep on your phone or laptop. This way, if you do decide to make the jump, you won’t lose anything in the process. For example, stop buying music on iTunes and save any music you have already downloaded into a different app, like Spotify. You should also use an app like Google Drive to sync and backup your contacts, photos, videos, and calendars. Reference the sidebar for more comparable non-Apple apps you can start using now to make your transition simple.

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