Quick. Can you name something that gets better each year? Wine? Maybe. But it depends. Investments? Only if they’re a sure thing. Humanity? Look at the 2016 election results. In reality, few things in life improve year to year.
Cars improve. Yes, but a car from five years ago begins to show wear and tear and may not perform as well as a new car. Compare that example with a Mac, iPhone, or iPad you bought a few years ago. Apple does something other companies do not.
Last week Apple launched iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad and this week macOS High Sierra for the Mac. It took me a day or so to get around to each, but within 24 hours all my Apple gadgets were upgraded to the latest versions. This week even saw the first update to iOS 11.
MixPanel’s trends graph shows that in just a week, about 25-percent of all iPhone and iPad users have upgraded to the latest; iOS 11. For Apple customers, such upgrades are virtually painless. They just happened. That explains why, as of this summer, nearly 90-percent of all iPhone and iPad customers had upgraded to last year’s iOS 10.
Those statistics cannot be match by Android manufacturers. So, when I say that an iPhone or iPad actually gets better– improvements– over time, it’s true. It’s fact. It happens every year. It’s built in and Apple’s customers– to the tune of a billion or so– take advantage of it.
What about the Mac?
Upgrades to new versions of macOS are free and do the same thing. A Mac from three years ago is a better Mac with more capability than when it was purchased new. Ditto for last year’s models, and likewise for many Mac models going back five years or so. Each one, thanks to the free macOS upgrades, works better than the Mac did when it was brand new.
You may read of iPhone, iPad, or Mac users who grumble and complain that some iOS or macOS upgrade caused them grief, but those instances are a minor exception to the rule.* My iPhone 7 Plus does more than it did new. My MacBook Pro, circa late 2016, has all the advantages of macOS High Sierra and it didn’t cost me a penny.
Compare that to Windows where Windows 10, out of a few years already, just recently surpassed Windows XP. Which version runs on the most PC’s? Windows 7.
That said, macOS adoption clearly isn’t in the same league as iOS, but it’s very good. Until macOS High Sierra which launched this week, macOS Sierra adoption was about the same as that of macOS El Capitan, but all previous versions were minuscule by comparison. Apple has done a very good job pushing customers toward new OS versions, and that means whatever you bought a year ago improves with this year’s iOS or macOS version.
They get better every year.
*I have a few friends who swear by the Bible that Mac OS X Snow Leopard is the King James Bible of Mac operating systems.