By Paul Gorski
iOS 8 is Apple Inc.’s most recent update to its popular iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad operating system. I downloaded and installed the update on an iPhone 5c without problem or incident. It works, but I am not wowed. I know, for Windows and Android users upgrading without problems is exciting enough. Sorry, my Mac OS and iOS upgrades are generally so smooth that I do not expect hiccups during these upgrades.
Apple claims this is the biggest iOS update in years; I just do not see it. iOS 7 was a more significant update because it updated (downgraded, in my opinion) the iOS look and feel to resemble the Android OS. In some regards, Apple is still playing catch-up to Android with iOS 8, as iOS 8 now allows third-party keyboards and additional font size customization, features Android has had for a few years.
Not that I do not like iOS 8 — I do like iOS 8. However, iOS 8, like Android KitKat 4.4, received a lot of hype before its release, but the reality does not match the hype. At least on my iPhone. Perhaps iPad users are seeing bigger changes. Sure the mail app now handles multitasking, Siri voice recognition works better, and iCloud file sharing is more robust, but these were not broken for me before. My needs are simple: phone, email and calendar. I like the default iOS apps for these functions.
I am getting a bit weary of the Apple and Google advertising machines, hyping every small little patch or upgrade. Eventually, users will catch on and turn off. Until that time, visit https://www.apple.com/ios/ to learn more about the wonderful, fabulous, must-have iOS 8. Share your iOS 8 experiences by email or by commenting online at http://www.rockrivertimes.com.
Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing, and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple IIe.
Posted Sept. 23, 2014