R U Ready? Or, put another way that’s a bit more last century, “Are you ready for Apple’s next version of iOS for iPhone and iPad?” iOS 12 is on the way and I’ve been doing some testing of Apple’s latest secret weapon.
Not only does Apple insult Android smartphone makers with iOS usability, but it makes Android devices appear positively older and unloved year after year. How so? Each year Apple introduces a new version of iOS with more features and functions. Secret weapon? Read on.
The fact that speed kills only applies to drugs and cars. Maybe motorcycles and speed boats. But you get the idea. Speed in iOS 12 is Apple’s newest secret weapon. Except it isn’t much of a secret.
Apple has taken heat through the years from users with older devices that upgraded to new iOS versions. The complaint? The new iOS version slows down their iPhones and iPads. Other than batterygate there doesn’t seem to be any actual proof of that I have yet to experience the problem and the Mincey Plantation (household) is littered with old iPads and iPhones from at least five model years back and each one gets a new iOS version each year.
What about iOS 12?
In this case, Apple itself says iOS will be faster on older devices. Is it? Yes. In every case and on every device. You see the difference in how fast applications open, how quickly the keyboard pops up when needed, and I can tell a difference even on my wife’s iPhone 8 Plus. iOS 12 is faster almost everywhere we could test.
So, let’s assume Apple is correct, and iOS 12– which can run on very old iPads and iPhones (back to iPhone 5s)– improves the devices usability because, well, usability is faster. What does that say? It says every iPhone sold since iPhone 5S has improved each year since it launched five years ago.
Think about that. iPhones improve with new features and improved functionality each year.
What does that say of Android smartphones?
Well, the comparison is a sad revelation that Android keeps users years behind their newest devices, while Apple is comfortable helping users keep their devices longer.
Digital Trends, which tracks such things, pointed out that last year’s Android Oreo just topped 10-percent in the user base. 10 percent. The most popular, or most used, Android version Nougat is tops with 30-percent. That’s version 7.x from two years ago.
Compare that to iOS 11, released last year, and now running on nearly 90-percent of all iPhones and iPads. The math says Apple treats customers far better than Google and Android.
Apple’s secret weapon is upgrades. The company makes it easier than Android and customers love it. This year might be the best year ever as iOS 12 works on devices launched five years ago.