Apple BugsI really should know better, but I get suckered in every time by Apple’s ‘Special Events’ and their ‘land of milk and honey’ promises. If you’re unaware, Apple recently released OSX Lion and iOS5 to power Mac’s, iPhones and iPads.

So dutifully, I upgraded my Macs, iPhone and iPad to the new wonders promised by the clever marketing of Apple. Some updates paid and some free. So I’ll be gentle on the free upgrades in my appraisal. Mind you, It’s hard to be generous in my appraisal when both work as well as a three legged donkey on Prozac.

Quite honestly, both Lion and iOS5 are proof in my opinion that software giants, all the way back to Microsoft in the 90’s, have the particularly grating habit of releasing crap that doesn’t work onto the market in order to replenish their bank balance. The fact that it doesn’t work as promised is explained away by saying that an upgrade will be available to fix the the things that don’t work. Oh yes, but like when?

As I write this post, there are a number of functions that I could easily do before upgrading that are now not working. Little things like connecting between my devices and having them talk to each other. They did it before, so it’s not rocket science. Little things like connecting to the Internet. Did it before. Not so happy about it now. Little things like doing a back up. Did it before, but now it’s a difficult and hit and miss affair. Little things like sharing my documents. Did it before.

On and on I could go.

The phrase ‘daylight robbery’ springs to mind each time I turn on my Macs, iPhone and iPad now. No wonder they are the most profitable company in the world. When you sell crap for money, and people buy it, you’re bound to get rich.

For a while anyway.

Sucked In By Apple Again
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4 thoughts on “Sucked In By Apple Again

  • 26/11/2011 at 6:51 pm

    I haven’t upgraded to Lion and won’t until I need a new computer, which is several years down the line. My son does have a new computer and is very happy with Lion. I’ve heard about problems with IOS5, but with only an iPod Touch that I use for reading books, I don’t really have any reason to bother with an upgrade.

    That said, upgrades always cause some problems, and a lot of them have nothing to do with the system software. That’s just as true for Windows computers. If third party software developers don’t upgrade their own apps, then the user is screwed. I’ve had to abandon several great apps because the developers couldn’t be bothered with Mac’s system upgrades. And my son is keeping his old computer on hand for the few programs that he’s unwilling to lose, hoping that their developers will eventually do the necessary upgrades.

    It’s also normal for new systems to go through a period of cleaning up the glitches, some of which aren’t going to be found during the testing phase, simply because they won’t show up until the system is being used and abused by thousands of everyday users.

    There’s one sure way to avoid the headaches. Stop being suckered in by “special events” or the desire to be an early adopter. Wait until the system and the accompanying software is glitch-free and stable.

  • 26/11/2011 at 9:29 pm

    There’s no fool like an old fool eh Derek. I thought you had learnt by now. :D

  • 27/11/2011 at 12:01 pm

    Catana pretty much got it right. The operating system is fine, though it has some problems to get worked out. Some of those problems are bugs that did not appear until millions of users started using the software. Some of those problems are due to odd mis-guesses by Apple. Overall, the OS works as good or better than Snow Leopard. The thing that may be getting you is that Lion is not an upgrade; it’s a new operating system all together. It stands to reason that some software and hardware that ran on Snow Leopard would not run (or run well) on Lion until the stuff in question is upgraded or replaced. That’s why you should never adopt any OS in its first days. Give the professionals who write about this stuff for a living a chance to find out where things will go wrong. Read up on the problems, check with the manufacturers of essential software to see if they have updates ready, and prepare a backup of your previous system before releasing the new OS onto your machine. At least, having done that, you can go backwards if you run into unexpected trouble.

  • 29/11/2011 at 1:32 pm

    Sorry to hear your grievances towards “special events” offered by big company like Apple. That is why I don’t go for upgrading my computer, I’m contented for what I have right now. I haven’t encountered some problems yet. So i’ll stick to this one.

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