Color me somewhat skeptical about how modern technology works. Instead of rushing into a store to get the latest and greatest, I’ve learned to be more patient, relax, sit back, and let the pioneers get ruffled up by the locals.
There was a time when I would buy the latest and greatest, jump on board with the most recent upgrades or updates, but if patience is a virtue, I’ve learned the less of being first in line.
Launch vs. Rollout
Apple forced this attitude on me after this year’s crop of OS upgrades and updates. I stopped counting after a period when we had three in one week. Sure, I get it; bugs need to be fixed, hence Apple’s alacrity. Those fixes sucked up hours of my time, whereas, using patience would have allowed me to escape the upgrades and updates, and settle in on, say, iPhone iOS 13.3, which appears to be the latest and greatest so far.
Let me extend that methodology to Windows, which we use extensively here in the school where Nathan and I work. Windows 10 updates the past few years are a little short of a nightmare, too. No more. I’m waiting.
Ditto for applications. A good example of how applications should work comes from Adobe. The first Photoshop for iPad was, well, missing some features, so jumping on board meant disappointment. Photoshop for iPad was, well, kindly said; “not ready for primetime.”
Adobe’s Photoshop on the iPad got off to a rocky start that doesn’t seem to have left fans of the desktop version very happy, but the company looks intent on incorporating user feedback and releasing meaningful feature updates on a timely basis.
The latest update is, well, more worthy than the original. It added Select Subject to the iPad version and that makes the update worthy.
Select Subject is a feature Adobe introduced to the desktop version last year that offers one-tap selection of the subject of your image, as determined by Adobe’s Sensei AI engine, to take all the manual work out of the process.
Adobe Creative Cloud suite is an ongoing love affair. We use it here in the school because updates just keep rolling out and that means improvements for every app.
iOS apps are different as, until now, few of them had the same power, features, or functions as their desktop brethren. In other words, Adobe is getting there, one update at a time.
I like that. Apple could make a policy out of the same thing. Instead of monolithic upgrades which carry dozens of features of nominal value that are crashworthy anyway, why not release an update and then release features as part of each new update?
Apple has started to do that; Adobe, too.
That way we don’t have to get sucked up into this vortex of problematic upgrades and associated bugs and then get overrun by bug fixes than introduce even more new bugs.