To start, let me state the obvious. iOS 9 may go down as one of the best upgrades ever for iPhone and iPad, and the adoption rate for iOS devices now is more than 50-percent just days after its release. Many new features are truly bona fide usability items rather than sizzling eye candy, but, as always, new iOS upgrades cause problems for many users and Apple already has an update on the streets (fastest ever?).
My iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 upgraded with no trouble on the first day, but since then I’ve encountered what many tens of thousands of other iPhone and iPad customers have encountered. Problems (If you have an hour to burn then check out Apple’s support forums).
Crashes, Freezes, Hiccups, Oh My! – The problem here is the usual problem after a major upgrade; third party apps haven’t been upgraded or well tested to run on iOS 9, hence the long list of crashes, freezes, and slow performance. It’s normal, it’s expected, it’s annoying.
Performance – Let me give this one its own category. Performance lags even on iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2, the latest of Apple’s new iOS devices until now. It’s not a big deal, but slow screen refreshes, slower animation, et al, all add up to an obvious performance problem. I can only imagine how it feels on an iPhone 5.
Cut-Copy-Paste – This one I just don’t understand. Cut, copy, and paste is one important aspect of iOS’s development that Apple nailed so why is working one moment, and not the next; and not just on third party apps; it’s infected Apple apps, too. Maybe that’s why there was a 9.0.1 version out so quickly.
Keyboard Whack-a-Mole – This might be related to the cut, copy, paste problem, but the keyboard seems to be possessed or haunted. Or both. Try to fill in a form on a web page and the keyboard comes and goes as if it has lost all knowledge of why it’s there.
Alright, that said, what I like about iOS 9 is a much longer list.
- Keyboard – Finally, caps where caps should be
- Notes – It’s a mini word processor; can’t wait for the OS X version
- Selfies – Photos finds and categorizes your selfie photos
- Back Buttons – What took Apple so long? It’s a no brainer
- Battery – Battery stats and settings in iOS gets its own top level position
- Siri – Remarkably accurate on iPhone and Watch. Where’s Siri on the Mac
I could add another dozen with ease, but I’m not getting paid by the word. So far, iOS 9, despite the glitches here and there, shows that Apple wants an improved user experience, and that means greater distance from the Android mishmash of versions.