I have a number of blogs and websites, but I’ve decided that finally random thoughts like this can go here on my tumblr.
And today’s rant? ios 6. I don’t like it, and I don’t even have it! Or rather, shall I say, can’t have it. See, iOS 6 is the next forward leap for an OS which is more or less the same as it was a year ago, except that it can’t installed on a the original iPad.
Now actually, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest that Apple wants to develop an OS that can take advantage of all their new hardware advancements. But, the issue for me is apps and compatibility. How many times have you tried to download a cool app, one that your device is totally capable of running, only to meet with a ‘Sorry this app only runs on devices with iOS xx or higher’?
Well, it’s about to happen again, but this time on the iPad. A device that is only just 2 years old. I believe this is what they call ‘built-in obsolescence’.
I have an iPhone 3G, and my friend has an iPod Touch that’s newer still, and both devices ran my favourite dictionary, ‘Japanese’. The app rocked, it was both an excellent study tool and speedy dictionary, but then the update came and my iPhone 3G was ineligible for the upgrade. Disappointing.
My question is this, why do new products come out as ‘updates’, when in fact they require a new device entirely? I can only assume it’s because developers want to retain the brand value of the original product name. Fair enough. But the new features in ‘Japanese’ didn’t actually rely (as far as I could tell) on iOS 5 features…so why did the update necessitate it?
The App store, a place with over 700,000 apps. But of those 700,000 i reckon there’s 20-30 key apps that are ubiquitous on the street. And of those 20-30 how many are going to require iOS 6? Probably tonnes of them.
What do you think? Am I worrying unnecessarily? Is the regular yearly update of iOS a contributing factor to the success of i-devices?
I just feel I’m missing out on useful, and often necessary, updates to apps that don’t actually require the newest iOS. And that’s expensive. Upgrading my £599 after only 2 years so I can use a not buggy version of software I already own seems a bit unfair to me.