Recently Apple released an update to the new 4th generation iPod Nanos. Included in this update is the ability to turn coverflow off, so if you turn your Nano on its side it won’t go into coverflow mode.

I’ve been wondering why Apple hasn’t released this feature for the iPhone. I absolutely hate coverflow mode and there is nothing worse then when you’re laying in bed or on the couch, you grab your iPhone to find a different song and you have to deal with this horrible user interface.

Coverflow is useless, I don’t find it to be a good way of navigating through my music in the least and the fact that you can’t turn it off is even more frustrating.

Similarly Mobile Safari has the same problem, I often listen to podcasts when falling asleep and if there is a particularly interesting one that mentions something I want to know more about I will try and look it up in Safari, but inevitably the darn app switches between landscape and portrait mode 4-5 times, I just want to read a web page and I don’t need it to ever go into landscape mode. Why hasn’t Apple released an update that allows you to turn these accelerometer features off for specific apps?

One of my favorite apps, Byline has the ability to turn off landscape mode, so why doesn’t Apple’s apps?

The only theory I can come up with is that they just haven’t had a chance to do it yet. But, like many other computer users I would rather have bug fixes and inconsistencies fixed before I see new features, fix what we already have before you add something that could possibly bring on more problems.

(The other app that has this same problem is Calculator).