I will say that after all these years, the most amazing thing is how much the iPhone interface got right on launch. Those first years were magical, like suddenly being thrust into the future. I just hope Apple finds Jobs 2.0 Dalai Lama style before they do irreparable damage.
Selecting text from websites or other static text is as clumsy as ever.
Btw, there are always little gems to discover like this, Which I find out out after years of frustration. Is there a good source of “here are new iOS tricks you didn’t know about?”
I do think that part of the early choices were quite rational, but the spirit of "ease of use trumps everything" got somewhat watered down over the years...
 and I used Cydia hacks to get that feature (well, almost, you had to swipe horizontally). There's often a contrast between ease of use and assisting power users.
I don't know how we're expected to stay up to date without regular user friendly manual updates that get pushed.
Edit: and even there, I believe you can long-press to get the same effect.
Only in certain situations.
Playing around you notice having your finger between lines results in selecting a full line where having it on a word ends there.
I'm still waiting, for almost a decade now, to have two (or more) countdown timers run simultaneously without a 3rd party app. Cooking two items at once continues to fall behind on the Cupertino priority list to tracking dozens of World Clocks to the second.
Then you can have as many alarms keeping track of your cooking as you want without touching your phone with your foodsy fingers.
If Siri understands you that is.
I agree with your point though, it’s kind of silly to focus on face emojis instead of letting two timers run simultaneously.
Me: "Siri create a one time alarm for 30 minutes"
Siri: "The alarm is set for 1:05 AM" ...
It was 12:11AM at the time, seems it misinterpreted asking for a one time alarm as 1 o'clock and added five minutes to it.
I have to say this regularly to clean up the list. There's no other way to do this at once.
In the meantime I love my echo for timers. It just works.
Operating systems have traditionally included the bare minimum to cover many popular use cases, but the included applications are rarely best of breed. TextEdit.app/Notepad.exe are lousy text editors, Calculator.app/Calc.exe are lousy calculators, and Chess.app/Winmine.exe are lousy computer games.
I've personally never needed two timers at once, and I can name a dozen other "basics" for me that I'm sure wouldn't be in your list. We like to complain when Apple doesn't include a feature (it's so basic!), and we also complain when Apple does (they're killing indie developers!). I think this is a good one for a third-party app. Unlike, say, keyboards, there's no real benefit I can see to this coming from Apple.
Not ideal to need a workaround like that but at least you can run two "timers" without clogging up your alarm settings.
The decision on making those buttons just disconnect was something I have a very hard time comprehending.
Apple claims battery life implications are a myth: https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-12271
I was Apple-only for probably 7 years but just got a Pixel 2. It's..nice.
On the other hand: it's actually not so ridiculous to advertise quick undo for an app that involves drawing. MyPaint for example stands out as having undo mapped to Z instead of Ctrl+Z, an amazing quality of life improvement for drawing that I wish more painting apps had. It sounds minor... but I end up using Undo an insane amount when drawing, and this lets me relax my hand more.
So, I can also see why that's a good thing to mention, too.
- The "back" button. For every application it's in a different location.
- Connecting an external USB drive is impossible.
- There is no filesystem.
Most of these aren't definite positive or negative things. Not having a file system is great for people who don't understand how to manage one.
Swipe from the left edge of the screen.
I take the point that the quoted paragraph from the App Store is indeed notable, but not that it indicates a major iOS snafu, with some kind of big win just there for the taking.
Of course this is not unique to menu bars, they just happen to be one established way to squeeze a lot of functions into a tight places. For a touch interface, we may want different ways to do that; but I'd argue that it's still crucial to provide non-hidden, discoverable ways to access all functions of your app.
If you're worried that the rapidly changing acceleration loosens some screws, then you better leave that phone right at home because running to catch the bus (with the phone in your pocket) produces about the same acceleration patterns.