I must admit that I often think that a simple flip cell phone was not a bad thing. While the smartphone is the Swiss Army Knife of gadgets, it is also an expensive gadget.
I jumped on the Apple bandwagon when Smartphones were relatively young. Steve Jobs, who I met years ago while supporting Next Step computers is seen holding a phone, and I had to have it. Well, that phone was replaced by another and still yet another then the 5S then the 6S, and I stopped there as the difference between the 6 and 7 I could not justify for $1000.
I noticed that my 5s was getting slow and I knew it had something to do with the IOS updates but I had no way of proving it. Obtaining the 6S, the speed was back, and the fluid nature of the phone was exceptional until recently. One IOS update after another and the phone slows to a crawl or locks up or sucks the life out of the battery. The Phone is often warm when “nothing” should be going on, but something is going on, but what?
Today we learn that Apple does slow the processor down in “older phones” to preserve the battery life. Folks that is just wrong on so many levels of wrong! Tell me I need a new battery and I will get it replaced. Don’t make me purchase another $1000 toy when this one is still perfectly fine.
Oh wait, it is not entirely okay because now it is slow and acting wonky!
I kept my old phones and did not update the IOS. The Apps that are on them are the apps that worked with that IOS, and they still function and they perform adequately. My 4S is now faster than my 6S.
We could go into this whole tin foil hat category of not knowing what the damn phone is doing. Is it listening to my every word? Does the camera come up and peep around the room to see what it can see?
I don’t take my phone into the bedroom for more than tin foil hat reasons. The thing often makes noises at times that I don’t want it to do. I do have an iPad in the bedroom which is silenced in every way possible. Is it listening?
We learned a few years ago that smart TV’s were listening to us. We know that Alexa is listening but to what and for what? Is it only commands or something more nefarious. Wifi enabled dolls were listening for “keywords,” but in reality, they were spying!
I use the Hey Siri command, but I must confess that unless Apple undoes the deliberate slowdown of my devices, Microsoft and Android may get my future business.
I had an IPad generation one that still worked fine. An older family member wanted a tablet to use as a Kindle device. Resetting my iPad to factory settings I quickly learned that Apple does not keep the latest IOS for that model period. They not only don’t hold the IOS for it but, none of the apps that are available today will function with it. In short, I bricked a $1000 iPad while trying to do a good deed.
Now I have a second gen and an iPad air and the pro version. Each of those was $1000 each, and I guess that they will gradually become paperweights as well. Is this right? Batteries are a trick to replace them, but it is doable. I did it in a Nexus and an older iPhone. I guess that these places that do it professionally can do it quickly as well.
Apple needs to stop slowing down the older equipment.
Apple needs to make available the latest IOS for older devices that worked with it and also provide access to the apps that worked with that IOS. This could easily be an automatic thing when you try to update a device. Here is the last IOS for this device and when you look for apps, it looks at the machine and IOS and sends you to that site to obtain older versions of the apps.
Customers need a bill of rights when it comes to computers or computing devices and this includes Microsoft as well.
A perfect example of this was and is XP. That was a working evolution of the software as was office 95. All of that was expensive, and as long as you have a computer that worked with it, I don’t think it is too much to ask that it not be crippled by companies wanting to sell you something more.
I gave a computer configured like this to a person who does not use it on the Internet. No updates 1.5GHZ Dell and guess what. They still play the games, use office 95 print, and everything is just great even to this day. They never put it on the internet, so it is static and just works.
My accounting system was in an XP box, and it worked perfectly until Quickbooks started crippling the software demanding that I update to the latest stuff. Customers need a bill of rights!
I need to research their competition to see if they slow down their older equipment too. While some of this is due to developers building packages on the latest greatest computers, some of this is designed obsolescence purposeful to generate a desire or need for yet another iteration of a device that is on a time clock ticking away until another more powerful device is created and marketed.
I usually extoll the virtues of my books and ask you to support me follow me and so forth but today I thought getting this out there was prudent.
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