Yes, boys and girls, guys and gals, gurus who write for major technology digital rags are lambasting Apple for the problems users face when upgrading iPhones and iPads to iOS 8. Is this a toxic hellstew problem in the making, or a made up problem to generate readers?
‘Apple Is Terrible!’
In a simplistic nutshell, here’s the problem. Apple upgrades both software and hardware, usually every year, and these two experienced technologists– who make a good living following technology– can’t handle the upgrades.
Why not? Is it too complicated? Is it too expensive? As it turns out, it’s a little bit of both, but not much of either.
Apple is being blamed for not having enough space on iPhones and iPads, or for not creating an even simpler way for users to handle the upgrade to iOS 8.
Here’s the problem. iOS 8’s over-the-air (OTA) upgrade requires enough space on your device to store itself and complete the upgrade properly. It’s math. Apple is to blame because we iPhone and iPad users didn’t buy enough storage for all the music, movies, photos, videos and apps we want on our devices.
Oh, no! I can’t upgrade my iPhone to iOS 8! I’m doomed. Apple is bad!
Guess what? I experienced exactly that same problem and I had 64GB on both my iPhone and iPad. There wasn’t enough space to complete the upgrade to iOS 8 because I store far too many gigabytes of movies, videos, music, photos, and apps. Woe is me! What to do?
The choices were simple. Either dig around and delete apps, videos, movies, music, or photos (or copy them over to my Mac for safekeeping), or, something else. I chose the latter. I did the upgrade the old fashioned way and plugged both devices into my Mac, did a backup (encrypted, of course) to iTunes (which you should do anyway), and let iTunes do the upgrades to iOS 8 for me.
Problem solved. Blondes still rule the world.
Meanwhile, Kingsley-Hughes and Gewirtz, supposedly experienced technologists who write about technology for a living and who should be showing readers how to do upgrades the right way (as I did above), chastised Apple for the complexity of the upgrade process, criticized Apple for all the bugs in iOS 8.x (as if bugs in a major OS update is a new thing), and lamented new mobile devices in general (because, you know, money), and, of course, the old standby– just for being Apple.
Oh, no! iOS 8 has bugs. I’m not going to upgrade. Ever!
Here’s the deal. Technology, Apple style, is a dynamic and constantly changing. You can choose to stay where you are, or choose to keep up.
Oh, no! iPhones and iPads cost money. I’m keeping iOS 6 on what I got!
I choose the latter, and that brings about a few inherent situations with every new Apple product and OS version that hits the streets. It’s the nature of the game and always has been, though I’m not the only one to notice that upgrades today are far less painful and much, much easier than at anytime in the past. I’ve run into a few bugs in iOS 8 that disappeared in iOS 8.0.2, and what’s left is likely to be sentenced to obscurity with iOS 8.1.
Apple is a big, public target these days and gets blamed for the craziest, silliest, inconsequential things. Hairgate? Gimme a break. What’s next? Pixelgate?
Apple screwed up again. With this magnifying glass I can see the pixels on my new iPhone 6 Plus.
If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 8 you’re missing out on some great features. If you’re having trouble upgrading because of space or OTA issues, remember, Google is your friend and so is Apple.