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iOS 8: Why holding out makes sense

iOS 8: Why holding out makes sense

Apple may now be able to boast that iOS 8 has hit the 56% installation mark across iPhones, iPads and iPods.

But that still leaves a massive 40% of devices running iOS 7 according to official figures. And while the number of people installing iOS 8 is steadily increasing, up 4% from just two weeks ago, it still shows that millions are holding out.

Why? Well, the reasons are well known. Buggy software, which has led to glitches with Bluetooth connections, Wi–Fi and mobile access.

Boot loops, which cause the iPhone to turn itself on and off repeatedly, flashing a blue or red screen in the process. A Health app which is still not fully up to speed.

And countless smaller complaints which have flooded Apple’s official discussion boards.

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The thing is, while iOS 8 is on the face of it an impressive upgrade, it’s not so colossal that iOS 7 users feel as if they’re missing out.

You can’t use Apple Pay outside the US. and those handy Continuity features for answering calls on your Mac only work if you have an Apple computer, and even then one with the capability of running the latest software.

iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c users look at iOS 8 and think, ‘No thanks’.

That’s because telling the differences between the two systems is virtually impossible for average users.

Us tech fanatics might be able to tell you the little tweaks and changes, but why should Joe Public make the change only to find the phone that worked perfectly until a few weeks ago is now a sluggish brick?

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There’s always been a school of thought among Apple users that you should hold out on updates, be they for iOS or OS X. iOS 8 is no different.

Unless you have an iPhone or iPhone 6 Plus.

You may as well wait another few months and allow Cupertino to truly iron out those last little kinks before loading it up.

Only then are you likely to feel the benefit of any changes.

This, of course, flies in the face of Apple’s advice, but also opens up the question of whether iOS and rival platforms are tested enough.

Should average users be guinea pigs for software that isn’t complete?

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Google sometimes gets lambasted for this, but it had the good sense to pull its latest Android update when it found it was killing battery life at an extraordinary rate.

Apple did the same with iOS 8.0.1. but then failed to address issues with further releases, laughing off complaints during its recent iPad launch.

Perhaps it’s time that developers were given longer to beta test operating systems.

Otherwise, it’ll always be a case of holding out for months until everything is running smoothly.

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