We’re on the cusp of another iOS 14 update, iOS 14.3. Right now I’m dealing with 14.2, and it’s still bugging the crap out of me. Today’s latest is with all those lovely speed dial shortcuts I created with Shortcuts. For whatever reason they stopped working. I’d tap on any of them and the activity circle would just go gray (see the red arrow on the screen capture above). It would hang. No normal actions, such as killing the app instance, would correct it. I tried it on both the today screen as well as the app itself in case there was any issue using the Shortcut’s widget, but it was hanging no matter what. As a last resort I restarted (rebooted) my iPhone, and that cleared it up.
Rebooting a personal computer, especially an iPhone, is so 1980’s. We did that with Microsoft’s MS-DOS and Windows, and Apple’s older Classic Mac OS, before Mac OS X and macOS. This is the third decade of the 21st century, and rebooting your computer to clear up an application problem is very stupid shit. Indicative of poor quality all around. Especially on a smart phone that cost US$1,400 when I purchased mine. Frankly I’m hanging onto mine, rather than stepping up, because Apple continues to demonstrate absolutely no real reason to upgrade to their iPhone 12.
Hardware means nothing when your software and tools are shit. And that’s where Apple’s iOS 14 is right now, with me. Perhaps they’ll convince me otherwise when iOS 14.3 becomes official, but I doubt it.