Walt Mossberg: Apple should fix its software in 2016

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Walt Mossberg speaking with Steve Jobs back in the day.
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Walt Mossberg was Steve Jobs’ favorite critic, and has long been one of the most respected Apple analysts out there — with some people even arguing that he can be too forgiving when it comes to Cupertino’s mistakes.

But in a new article about what tech companies should do to improve in 2016, Mossberg has no problem taking aim at something a lot of people view as Apple’s big weakness right now: its software.

Mossberg starts off by writing for The Verge that Apple “needs to use 2016 to get a better handle on its software,” before elaborating:

“The core Mail, Calendar and other out-of-the-box apps on the iPhone, iPad and even the Mac haven’t had really major re-thinks in years. Both iTunes on the Mac and the Music app on iOS also need simplifying and renovating, especially since Apple Music was grafted onto them. And the company’s cloud services — long a weak point — need shoring up.

It’s great that Siri can summon up tunes on your new Apple TV, not so great when the tunes stop playing midway through.”

As much as I’ve always loved Apple hardware, when I first started using Macs back in the early-to-mid 1990s, it was the software that stood out to me. Over the past couple of years, however, a growing number of users (and even some former Apple employees) have criticized Apple for losing its magic touch when it comes to creating software that “just works.”

Do you think Mossberg is right in his assessment of Apple? Has Apple lost its way when it comes to software, or is there something else you’d like to see the company work on in 2016? Leave your comments below.

Source: The Verge