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I’m Not A Fan, But In Case YOU Are…
Regular readers know I disentangled myself from Apple years ago for various reasons (mostly having to do with that crime against tech that is known as iTunes), but I realize many of you are still loving the iPhone. So today, I’ve got some warnings regarding iOS 8 plus a little something for those of you making the switch to the iPhone 6 who aren’t sure which is the better deal: keep your current, unlimited data plan and pay full price for the phone, or switch to a new contract and get the phone at a discount.
If You Use iCloud, The iOS8 Upgrade Can Break Syncing Across All Your Macs
Yesterday, The Unofficial Apple Weblog reported:
“If you use iCloud: you need to be really, very, no-I-am-not-exaggerating, super careful when you upgrade to iOS 8. Otherwise you could break iCloud syncing to all of your Macs.”
“If you choose “Upgrade to iCloud Drive”, then iCloud document syncing will stop working on your Macs unless you are using the Yosemite beta and the Mac app has been updated to use iCloud Disk. There is no way to “undo” the decision to move to iCloud drive, so you will have to wait until Yosemite is released (or join the beta) and the Mac app is updated.”
“TUAW’s advice is that you wait to upgrade to iCloud Drive until Yosemite is officially released. You can always upgrade to iCloud Drive later. You cannot “downgrade” from iCloud Drive back to regular document and data syncing…Unless you have a strong desire to be part of the ongoing testing of iCloud Drive, wait.”
If You Use An iPhone 4, The iOS8 Upgrade Will Introduce Speed & Display Problems
Today Slate is reporting:
“Apple says that the 4S is good to go and has even updated the 4S landing page to say that its standard operating system is iOS 8. But don’t listen. I repeat: Wall yourself off from this madness. Your mission is to ignore.”
“First of all, iOS 8 is optimized for big smartphone screens…The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen…but the iPhone 4s has a 3.5-inch screen. That’s two full inches smaller than the Plus. Come on now, how flexible can iOS 8 possibly be? The other big issue is processing power.”
Ars Technica adds that many of the features of iOS8 depend on newer hardware and won’t work on the 4s. These unsupported features include AirDrop, TouchID, Handoff for Applications (though iPhone call forwarding to other devices works fine), Support for OpenGL ES 3.0, the Metal graphics API, and 64-bit ARMv8 apps.
Ars Technica also notes performance issues:
“…the iPhone 4S is much slower than any other iPhone Apple currently sells. It uses…an Apple A5 chip that only offers about a quarter the raw performance of the Apple A7 in the iPhone 5S…iOS 8 can add as much as 50 percent more [lag] time to the same task compared to iOS 7.”
“The other problem is something that’s not so easily measurable: animations on the Apple A5 SoC are markedly more choppy and inconsistent in iOS 8 than they ever were in iOS 7…”
Finally, If You’re Buying An iPhone 6 Here’s How To Get The Best Deal
Yesterday Slate published a very helpful article that includes an interactive, number-crunching widget to help you figure out which is the better deal for you: hang on to an existing, unlimited data plan and pay full price for the phone, or switch to a new contract and get the phone at a discount. From the article:
“Should you want to get in on the iPhone 6 craze, you’ll have ample choices from wireless providers. Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T are selling the 16 GB version starting at $199 with a two-year contract, while T-Mobile is carrying it contract-free for the full list price of $649. As per usual, at least one carrier is also using the iPhone 6 as a chance to break the customers still clinging to unlimited data from their plans. Verizon customers who wish to have their unlimited data grandfathered in with an iPhone 6 are once again being told that they must buy the device outright. If they choose to do that, the unlimited data will cost $30 a month on top of $55 to $90 per month for voice and texting fees.”
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