Apple software bugs in plague proportion

Hit pause on latest Apple operating system upgrade

Apple upgrade crawling with bugs

If you haven’t yet downloaded Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 11, then you may have dodged a bullet.

The beta version of this software was released in September and, predictably, it had quite a few glitches. Part and parcel of any major software revision is that there will be teething problems.

Experts advise that you should wait until these glitches are corrected before upgrading, in order to avoid the type of frustrating disruption that comes when you force a new regime onto your phone or PC.

A number of reviews have labelled the latest beta software (iOS 11.2) worse than all its predecessors in terms of the variety of ways it can interfere with your devices.

Impatient Apple device users have found that after the upgrade their screens tended to freeze, they had difficulty hearing callers, and batteries drained quickly.

But to be fair, it is tempting to try the iOS 11 sooner rather than later, as it comes with some pretty cool features, according to technology review site

If you decide to upgrade, just be aware that you essentially become a guinea pig for Apple while it tries to discover and fix bugs.

Since the software was released in September there have been at least half a dozen revisions and relaunches. And if the latest version is anything like its older brother iOS 10, then you can expect there will be quite a few more fixes on the way. The previous operating system had 11 upgrades before Apple was satisfied that it was bug-free.

The beta release of the latest Android operating system does not seem to have caused as much of a fuss. Currently being tested by intrepid users, the final version, Android 8.1 O (Oreo) is expected to rollout over the coming months.

When you do decide to update your device’s software, remember to first back up your data and photographs in case the worst happens and you end up with a frozen device that needs to be reset to factory settings. This process will wipe out your precious electronic possessions.

Have you downloaded new software onto your device lately? If so, did it immediately improve the operation of your device?



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    21st Nov 2017
    I reluctantly updated my iPhone 6S Plus with the new iOS when I should have waited anticipating bugs that needed to be fixed. I use a Philips Dreamstation CPAP machine that I am able to monitor through my iPhone night by night through the Dreammapper application and through Bluetooth. However the new iOS and even the updates to fix the bugs have made the Dreammapper application unworkable. Philps in America and Apple have been working on a fix for weeks but whilst Philips Support in the USA sent me a workaround to get the app working, it soon failed again soon after the latest iOS bug fix update.
    21st Nov 2017
    Re quiet speaker: I bought an Xperia Sony with a similar issue. I ran through all the tips on Youtube to no avail.
    In the end it was suggested I download an app to control the speaker volume. Best thing I did and it works perfectly now.
    22nd May 2020
    why is this article from November 2107 showing up now 22 May 2020

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