4 Ways Your iPhone Can Be Your Worst Enemy

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icon2   4 Ways Your iPhone Can Be Your Worst EnemyHere’s an honest statement – I’ve never owned a smartphone until nearly a month ago. Yep, I write for a tech blog about amazing techy websites, and yet I never owned one until then. Part of it was financial reasons (MUO pays us an extravagant salary – I just waste it on frivolous items such as gold toilet seats and dyed poodles), and part of it was a bit of a reluctance (if I have a laptop, why get a phone?). However, in the end, I broke down and got the iPhone 5.

First thing’s first – I love it. It’s amazing. However, as someone coming from the stone age, it’s very, very different. Something akin to being transported into a different time. For instance, take Siri. I didn’t even realize how advanced it was. Granted… there’s a lot of bad, too. Let’s take a look at ways the iPhone can be your worst enemy.

Location, Location, Location

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It’s a simple issue, but why in the world would I want to tell the entire world where my geographic location is? No one needs to know this information. Sure, it’s cool to let people know that I’m doing something amazing (like a once-in-a-lifetime concert, or perhaps participating in an alpaca potato-on-a-stick jousting event), but it might be best to update my social networks after the fact. Why? Well, simply put, wouldn’t it be a shame if thieves knew I was home? Simple stuff, folks.

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Additionally, if you are genuinely avoiding someone and have given them a lot of excuses as to why you can’t see them, it would look pretty weird if you were posting about the marvelous restaurant you are at when you should be comforting your dying grandmother at the hospital.

Darn It, Voice Recognition

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I’d like to preface this by saying Autocorrect has been the bane of my existence. However, with the introduction of Siri, I have found a new entity to hate that spurs anger Autocorrect could only dream about. I initially thought it would be a great way to use my phone while driving. It would be just like Kit from Knight Rider! But no.

First off, with directions, half of the time my phone won’t register what town I’m requesting due to its overly-phonetic spellings. Other times, the thing will text horrible “seductive” texts to my girlfriend when I only intended them to be incredibly wholesome.

As a note, I’d rather not go into the details of these texts. It would be terribly, terribly embarrassing.

But I Thought It Was Her!

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Have you ever just not wanted to answer the phone because of who was on the other line? Yep. Been there. Also, have you ever saved a picture of your significant other as your lock screen wallpaper? Guilty. The issue with the iPhone is that , in the event that a contact does not have an ID image, it will simply show the lock screen wallpaper when that person is calling. If your lock screen image is your SO, then it would appear – by visual means only – that your SO happens to be calling you.

This has lead to many awkward situations. Some of these were merely brought on by the fact that I was talking to someone I didn’t want to talk to. Other times, it was the sudden female-to-male voice change that my girl had.

I Never Read Th– Oh… Yeah.

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There’s another feature about the iPhone I don’t care for – read receipts. From what I gather (and this is from a newbie’s standpoint), it will simply alert the sender of a text that I have indeed read their message. In a perfect world, this is courteous. In an ideal world, this is thoughtful. In my world, this is terrible. Maybe it’s just because I like to avoid people, but I simply just do not want them to know when I read their texts.

Maybe I’m not responding for a specific reason. Perhaps I don’t know the answer to their question yet, and I need to figure that out. Other times, I may just not want to talk to them! Either way, they don’t need to know. Right? …Right?

Conclusion

These are just four silly ways I feel that the iPhone can betray you. However, I’m sure that there are most definitely more.

If you don’t mind, would you tell us how your iPhone has been your worst enemy? Have you had any troubles with iPhone?

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Timothy Liem

hahaha.. good point. I hate all apple devices, though. gonna buy a Sony Xperia.

Mark Alsisto

attention MOU, don’t give this guy any Apple giveaway if he participates and won, just give him orange or banana. Hhhmmmmm….im betting that you entered any Apple giveaway from MOU, right? :D

Timothy Liem

of course I did! but if I got chosen, I’ll sell it to buy better phones. :D

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bben

Just answering the damn thing tells you this is definitely not a phone. With my old dumb phone, I just flip it open and ‘Hello’ I’m talking. With my new not so smart phone (android) When the phone rings – Swipe, to wake it up, press the button – have to look away from the road to be sure I hit the answer phone and not the weather icon. Then as I use google voice, if it’s not someone on my approved list I have to find the icon for dial to find and press the 1 key. Then, I can finally talk – but they have already hung up! Now I have to deal with the message thingy! When I figure it out, I tried to use the voice thingy to do most of this. I tried the voice call – I said ” Call Bob” And it dialed ‘Mom” instead – I was stuck on the phone with my mother for 20 minutes before I could get away. By then I had forgotten why I had wanted to call Bob!

It’s a steep learning curve for an old fart who grew up with rotary dial phones that did nothing but make and receive phone calls. My grandkids expect me to know how to do all of the things that a phone never needed do instantly on this thing. I NEED a class on how to use the damn thing.

I need an app (we used to call those things programs) that when your phone rings. pick it up, swipe, tap or hit anywhere on the screen and you are able to talk right away. 90% of the time I really don’t need to know who it is. If its spam, or someone I really don’t want to talk to, I can just put the phone down and let them think I’m paying attention while they talk to themselves.

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Tom

Why did you pick an iPhone as your first smart phone, Joshua? Are you already an Apple user?

Joshua Lockhart

Yep. Already an Apple user, but I promise I’m a living, breathing person just like yourself. (As a note I see the pros and cons of both Apple and PC. I just preferred Apple… I may switch back again in a couple of years.)

Regarding the iPhone, I just like it. I guess that’s about the best way for me to explain it. I don’t think Android phones are bad (in fact, I believe they have some one-ups on the iPhone). However, I guess it might be the ease of use.

Can’t really justify it. Can’t really bash it either.

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Adrian Rea

The world moves forward ever faster. Sometimes technology is invented because it can. It is up to individuals and society to work out whether it is actually a benefit.
I am now looking for a new phone as my old, second-hand sony ericsson flip phone’s screen gave up last week. Its a shame its people on MUO who never post win the big prizes otherwise I could have been in with a chance of the iPhones here! (separate rant) I can see with you may want certain family members to know your location and if there were a way to switch on and off the facility with your contact list then I can see it could be a great asset.
The next issue with all of the latest technology is the cost. In order to own such a phone, initial cost and/or high contract cost mean that families can spend out a fortune for the privilege. Then its not just one phone. The whole family having individual contracts sends expenditure up exponentially. I have a family, we have 3 pay as you go mobile phones, we pay the bills on them and never pay more than £5 a month in total for the security and access they give.
Ultimately it’s a phone. Individuals will decide how they wish to use it, but the technology is constantly developing to reel more people to keep buying the latest model, whether it actually is of more benefit or not.
My next phone will again probably be second-hand and probably not a smart phone. I would love to have a new iPhone, and would use it for the smart features more than the phone but reality of keeping my feet on the groud permits spending more than the value returned.

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Jason

Honestly I couldn’t stand reading this. Everything you whine about can be resolved with just a couple short steps. Definitely a newbie. Report back after you’ve had the phone for a little while and maybe I’ll believe you are a savvy tech writer.

Joshua Lockhart

Hi Jason. I’m aware that you can turn off read receipts, change pictures, not use Siri, or refuse to write home about your alpaca adventures.

Sometimes I just like to rant for fun through a tongue-in-cheek manner. From what I see here, I believe that you can relate (save for the whole fun part).

Joshua Lockhart

I should have written “in” as opposed to “through”. Perhaps I’m not as savvy as I’d like to be.

Jason

I like fun as much as the next bloke. I don’t like my time wasted though.

pewee

I fully agree……do some research first before spending the time writing a non-sensicle article….i have had 3 generations of iPhone (5 not yet released where i’m at), and while you at it…maybe think about joining Facebook too….

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susendeep dutta

Happy to hear that Makeuseof pays a very decent salary to all writers.

It’s very bad for privacy conscious people to have such features enabled listed by you.

Did you tried to disable some sort of these functionalities so as to prevent privacy leak?

Joshua Lockhart

What are you even talking about?

susendeep dutta

I’m talking relevant to this article.I’m talking that Makeuseof pays a decent salary as mentioned by you at start of this article for which I’m happy.

Secondly,you mentioned that these features are invading to our lives and hence I think can breach our privacy.

At last,I asked you that did you took any measures to turn such features off?

Joshua Lockhart

Hi susendeep. : ) I forgot I had written that.

Regarding the location information, of course you would only do that voluntarily. It’s just quite easy to hit that “Check In” button on Facebook when it’s right there in front of you. Perhaps I could have been a bit clearer. The picture might be the problem. It was a bit misleading, and it might have been better for me to add a Facebook check-in screen.

As for read receipts, you can most certainly turn that off. It’s a simple little function in your settings.

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Austen Gause

agreed

Narayanan Sivaramakrishnan

I was thinking the same thing. Certainly a novice.

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Anonymous

Problem between keyboard and mouse.

Tom

Keyboard and chair

Joshua Lockhart

Check out MakeUseOf answers.

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Gary Mundy

I be liken my android phone. It has it’s problems but . . .

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Douglas Mutay

hahahahah…very funny and true indeed. Although I don’t have an iPhone :-)

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