Saturday, 22 October 2011

iOS5 ... and the wasted evening

Earlier this evening I attempted to do my regular iPad to PC 'sync' ... only to find that I could not do so until I had installed the new operating system – iOS5 – onto my iPad.

Now this sounds simple … but it took me five attempts to get the program to download from the Apple website before I could then install it on my iPad. The installation process backed up all my existing apps and settings (which took some time), then installed the new operating system (which took some more time), and then reloaded all the apps and settings (which took even more time). By the time I had finished all of these processes it had taken me upwards of two and a half hours to complete what should have been a simple and straightforward task.

And what does this new operating system allow me to do? It allows me to connect my devices (iPhone, IPad, PC etc.) wirelessly via iCloud. This will automatically update my iPad when I install a new app on my iPhone or buy something from the iTunes store … which is great except that my iPhone is a simple 3G model that won’t interact with iCloud!

Things like this annoy me because it looks like they are adding chrome just because they can and not because we need it.

6 comments:

  1. It is the Apple model - make everything unique and specific to the brand so that in the end you find that you have an entire houseful of Apple products because they are the only devices that will talk to the first device you bought...! One small example - in my house the spuds have iPods, you can only load music on them from iTunes - I don't have an iPod so we end up duplicating our music libraries... ridiculous.... and I find slightly arrogant.. :o))

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  2. Ho

    iCommiserations for your iPredicament!

    Personally, I prefer to keep things simple - no iCrap! Dare I say that is for iDiots!!

    Regards

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  3. I've learned that almost any attempt to "upgrade", "update", or otherwise add something new to devices like computers takes much longer than expected. So I never start a "quick" update right before bed or anytime I have to or want to be someplace else soon.
    Constant updates and "upgrades" do seem to be the norm these days, and they aren't always optional (or provide any real added value).

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  4. Steve-the-Wargamer,

    The iPhone and iPad are the first Apple products I have ever bought ... and they do fill a niche in the martket and have become invaluable to me ... except that I do find that the regular upgrades can be very tedious to deal with.

    At the moment I am not having any problems with my Apple products interacting with my non-Apple products ... but I might just have been lucky!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Arthur,

    At the time I would have agreed with you ... but as I am typing this reply on my iPad it would be churlish of me to agreed with you at the moment as it is working just fine!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  6. Fitz-Badger,

    I must admit that computers do seem to need more upgrades and updates (optional and otherwise) that some sets of wargames rules ... and that is saying something!

    As to when to start an upgade ... well it never seems to make much difference to me as they always take longer (usually much longer) than expected.

    All the best,

    Bob

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