Changing defaults is bad enough, but not giving users a choice to change them back is incredibly frustrating, especially for a device with such a diverse range of users and use cases.
Apple (and Google, in their own way) seem to think they can push users towards a lowest common denominator use case. It just doesn’t work.
Take “Do Not Disturb While Driving” for example, which kept activating when I was taking the train. I don’t drive. I set the option to manual yet it still continued to activate whenever I moved above a certain speed. I feel like the folks at Apple have decided “well, since we all drive, it’s probably true of most people”.
Strangely enough it was actually much nicer using my Android phone as the hotspot for my MacBook instead of the iPhone, because (recognizing the iPhone) it refused to auto-connect (probably those "charges" again eh?), and it would turn off the hotspot whenever the last person disconnected (so I'd have to keep my phone on all night, or be woken early by data-hungry housemates), probably for power saving.
I do understand these are sensible defaults for most people. But it stops being sensible when the defaults are inappropriate, get in the way constantly, and cannot be changed.
I guess their philosophy is something like, "Make 80% of people happy and totally disregard everyone else."
Which probably makes sense financially...
You can warn 3 times and people would still agree and complain later. Disallowing options that are costly for the vast majority is the only option. The number of iphone users with true unlimited data is probably <5%.
That was not pleasant.
Also, most never even look at warning / question popup texts and impatiently press "Yes", "OK", "I agree" buttons.
Maybe calling them "dumb sheep" is too much but they aren't intellectually illuminated individuals either.
Or just say "Hey Siri, turn off WiFi."
Yeah: press Home button, tap Settings, tap Wi-Fi, tap the toggle.
A lot of digging indeed.
Like, come on.
I'll again say it's not intuitive at all and it's not communicated well (if at all), but for us here that go the extra mile to research, having two separate such options is handy.