Friday, September 26, 2014


I upgraded my iPhone 5S and iPad Air to IOS 8 and this morning to IOS 8.0.2 (didn't update to 8.0.1 after the initial reports), and so what have I learned and is IOS 8 worth it. It depends on what you use the iDevice for and what apps you have on it.

The first results I've had are disappointing to say the least. First, after the startup, the iPhone 5S would have 48-52% free memory under IOS 7 (any flavor) but under IOS 8 it only in the low 30% free memory, so it's obvious a more of a memory hog, and for me, much of it wasted on features, tools and apps I don't use.

The iPad Air's free memory also decreased but it was a memory hog under IOS 7 so going from the mid-high 30% free memory to the mid 20% free memory wasn't so much loss as the battery lasts far longer than the iPhone's battery.

Second, bluetooth between the devices to the Mac Pro works on the iPad Air, but it's a struggle as it takes a few minutes and several tries, but it doesn't work at all between the iPhone 5S and the Mac, which is a legacy problem from IOS 7.1.2 which worked on previous versions of IOS 7 and earlier.

This means that Apple changed the software on the iPhone under IOS 7.1.2 and continued the change to IOS 8 (any version). This is important since some Mac apps use bluetooth to communicate to iDevices (eg. Datacolor Spyder color calibration app) and the problem isn't good for Apple.

Third, Apple adds more apps you don't want or won't use, meaning more crap on the device to take up memory. I create two suitcase icons, throw all of the unused apps in them, and then put the suitcase icons in the last window to forget about them.

This is because I use the Mac Pro to do the work many people use their iPhone or iPad to do, such as the App store, iTunes, podcasts, etc. This way the iPhone doesn't have that personal information on it in case either are stolen or hacked.

That said, the only thing I want fixed is bluetooth to work on iPhones and better on iPads. It's clearly a iDevice to Mac connection which Apple controls both ends, and therefore solvable, so the question is if they actually want to do it over their preference for improvements and enhancements.

Otherwise, that's it for now. I'll live with it as you can't go back anyway, something Apple has been doing for a few years now, preventing downgrading operating systems, which only hurts their reputation as a company.

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