Perhaps I'm just having selective memory?
1. the use of modals to show individual apps on the iPad. So if you get to an app page and accidentally touch outside the modal, the app page disappears and you have to go back to Safari to find the link that brought you there.
2. On my brand new iPod, the Genius View has never NOt crashed. I know Genius (and most of Apple's search services) are poor to begin with, but it's a prominent button on the nav. How does it just not work on a brand new device?
3. I'm also guessing the lack of a light sensor on the new iPod was the result of a screwup in the dev cycle...I would've never guessed that its absence would be such a deficiency but when you can't see a single thing on the iPod merely because you stepped from indoors to outdoors...to the point where you have to go back inside to adjust the brightness...that's just infuriating.
I can't remember the last time I've been infuriated by an Apple device...I feel infuriated all the time with my expensive Sony camera and how its video button is right where you can accidentally bump into it when shooting a pic...which prevents you from shooting a photo. The last few Apple devices I've had (two laptops, 2 phones, 2 iPads, countless iPods) have always been satisfactory in terms of polish...not iOS6 nor the new iPod touch
This bugged me a lot after iOS6 update. Also the small things such as when there are App Updates and badge shows up on the App Store icon, clicking it takes me to Featured Apps section - not updates as one would expect. On Android for instance, the update notification takes you directly to a screen allowing you to update as expected.
That said, the famous Apple attention to detail does seem to be slipping, I sincerely hope this is just a transitional period and they tighten their game back up.
No, it's not just you. It's the whole tech pop culture sector that has selective memory.
Apple did as much mistakes on the old times. It's just that it's not the underdog anymore, and all the hip kids are looking to fry Apple for those, instead of understanding that, heck, mistakes happen in every software/hardware offering.
The iPhone 4 antenna issue? Not even a blip compared to the iBook G3 logic board fiasco. But everybody forgets those things and adds it to some all-encompassing theory of decline...
Same with the notion of the "non-innovative update" for iPhone 5, etc.
The forgotten that less than a decade ago Apple did even far more minor incremental updates to the iPod line (a new click wheel, some more storage, a little thinner, now with a color screen, now it plays video, etc) and everybody was overwhelmed everytime a new device came out.
Suddenly they expect miracles out of every Keynote.