Jim’s WebLetter for 11/11/17

Hi-ya Apple users!

Is it just me or are we seeing Apple changing the way it presents its software updates in the General Settings?

Up to now, each update was presented with the IOS number (11, 11.0.1, 11.0.2, etc.) and an explanation of why the update (bug fixes related to battery, for instance).

Now, we see just the IOS general number and a link explaining everything the new build offers – and the list is quite extensive, particularly for iPad.

I have been waiting to update from the latest version of IOS 10 because EVERY TIME Apple does a new number update, there are inherent issues with the new version. And who wants to deal with problems when, after all, you just want your device to work properly?

Personally, I have discovered that if you wait until the particular number becomes “.3” as in IOS 10.3, the quirks tend to be worked out and you suffer little anxiety from such things as the letter “I” key printing “3” instead, or the 10 hour life of the fully charged battery becomes 3 or 4 hours instead, as a few of the the issues the latest version, IOS 11, has had.

By removing the notices of the updates, it is if Apple is saying, “go ahead, download and install our latest update with all its flaws and idiosyncrasies and sometime later we’ll get around to fixing them”.

Folks, this is NOT what I paid good money for a device to encounter. If asked by the company if I think this is a good idea, I vote “no”.

Now I realize many of you Apple people out there have either adopted the same policy of waiting on the updates until you hear the “all clear” signal, or still more of you don’t mind being the Guinea pig for Apple’s oversights and bungles, but at some point we the consumer need to say enough is enough.

The older computer users remember when Windows did the same thing with their software updates, and does anyone remember Windows Me? Wow, what a fiasco. As a Windows 10 user, I have to say the Seattle based company seems to have learned it’s lesson, although updates can seem to last into the next millennium at times (yes, that is an exaggeration, but you get the idea). Still, my laptop has not been effected by extremely shorter battery life or any of the other things plaguing Apple ware.

So, here I sit with my iPad in hand, pressing the keys to type this WebLetter and wonder if this is the future of Apple. If so, I have to say it’s not a very good one.

I do remember saying, when I purchased my first iPad years ago, that it’s not the device that matters as much as the Apps it contains. For the most part, that’s still true even though Apple has a not-so-funny way of telling you that you must buy a new device if you want to continually receive software updates. Try updating to the newer IOS using the old iPad 2 and you’ll see what I mean.

It just seems that Apple is preventing me from deciding when I should update the system on my iPad (I have the 2017 model that came with a cheaper price tag … $329 … incidentally, I love the lighter weight, faster processor and cleaner screen look. It is much better than the iPad Air).

If you have updated your iPad to the new IOS 11, let me know if you’ve had any issues with it, OK? From what I’m reading, there are a lot of features I’d like to dive into in the newer version. But until I hear the “all clear” … I’ll wait.

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If you’ve been waiting to buy a newer iPad until the price drops, I have a new article in iTab Magazine on the prices and when they take effect.

iTab Magazine. http://iTab.jimonline.com

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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!

Jim

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