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iOS 9 upgrade: why it's more proof you should always wait to update

iOS 9 upgrade: why it's more proof you should always wait to update

The annual hullabaloo about iOS update glitches is here and in full swing.

Users are reporting problems galore, from slide–to–upgrade issues to dropped mobile signals.

iPhones and iPads have been bricked. And discussion boards are febrile with complaints.

There’s no denying that issues with upgrading to iOS are annoying, especially if they affect a device you’ve come to rely on day in, day out.

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The fact that iOS 9 is available on devices up to four-years-old also means problems are likely to be greater, even if more people than ever have installed the latest update in record time.

But it’s not as if this wasn’t expected. Cast your mind back twelve months and the internet was working itself into its weekly frenzy about the ill-fated iOS 8.

You'll surely recall how it led to dropped Bluetooth calls, left Touch ID useless, mobile and Wi–Fi drop outs and third party keyboard woes.

Go back another year and the dawn of iOS 7 led to a chorus of complaints about Jony Ive’s then controversial redesign of the platform.

iOS 6 wasn’t without its fair share of problems either. In fact, it felt so dated that Apple wound up firing the man behind it and getting the aforementioned Ive to work his magic on the software.

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What’s clear is that every year, there are problems. Yes, you could say that Apple should really iron everything out before launch.

But you could also argue that running a public beta programme, as it has done for the first time ever this year, has led to far fewer major issues arising.

There are always, always problems with software at launch, no matter who makes it. Android and Windows aren’t exactly polished to a complete shine when they relaunch, and neither is iOS.

The lesson, as it is every year, is to wait. Hold fire. Leave it to Apple to recognise where it’s gone wrong and release a patch or two before you strike.

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You could even hold fire until iOS 9.1 arrives alongside the iPad Pro. It means waiting until November, but the small changes aren’t going to leave average users feeling like they’re missing out.

Users never like the new. It’s not a phenomenon confined to Apple or even software updates. Just look at what happens every time Facebook reveals a new look.

The fact is that for most people, iOS 9 works fine. But if you are worried, even slightly, heed the cautionary tales of years gone by and keep your powder dry.

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