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Rush to Extinction

After a longer than expected hiatus, I am back…Yay, Yippeeeee, wait…no horns blaring? No band playing? No fireworks? Did anyone miss me? Did anyone even notice I was gone? harrumph…

OK, so maybe my internet presence isn’t earth shattering, but that won’t stop me from sharing my insights on the craziness we’ve bought into. The advent of Apple’s iOS 11 and the concurrent (or nearly so) release of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the 10th anniversary release of the iPhone X is what has driven me out of my complacency and too-busy-grandma-hood to  point out some glaring issues here.

What’s the rush? Is it really necessary to bring out a new phone model — every  —   single —  year?    Even if you haven’t changed anything much? And the iPhone X is a joke! Seriously? It looks like you folks at Apple thought, “Oh crap! It’ sour 10th anniversary?!?!?!? What are we gonna do? We have to commemorate it somehow. Don’t we?!” No, you don’t, not when your flagship “new” phone isn’t even ready to work on the launch, nor afterward when it’s in the hands of the consumer.

What’s the rush? To release an – all – new – operating – system – fully redesigned…which led us all to think maybe our phone woes would be over. Our phones would work better, we’d never again drop a call or have someone say I can’t hear you….but no….instead we got iOS 11. Then we got iOS 11.0.1, then 11.0.2, 11.0.3 then onto 11.1! Surely this would be the last update we would need for awhile? (I can hear the laughter and the groans from here…) Noooo…shortly after here came iOS 11.1.1 – then 11.1.2 which really messed up my iPhone and iPad Pro both! But wait! not even two weeks later here came iOS 1.1.3! And now we are 2 months from the first time we were able to download iOS 11. Couldn’t they have just waited until December first to give us a bug-free iOS update?

Count those up, my friends…

iOS 11

iOS 11.0.1

iOS 11.0.2

iOS 11.0.3

iOS 11.1

iOS 11.1.1

iOS 11.1.2

iOS 11.1.3

Now we come to December 2017 and along with snow and two federally recognized holidays we also get….wait for it….

iOS 11.2 on the second day of the month!

iOS 11.2.1 five days later

iOS 11.2.2

iOS 11.2.3

iOS 11.2.4

iOS 11.2.5

iOS 11.2.6 in early February

I’ve gotten busy and lost track now…

iOS 11.3 on April 6, 2018 the 16th iteration of iOS 11!

that means that SIXTEEN TIMES every app on my iPhone had to also update! For those of you who don’t have unlimited data…I feel sorry for you!

What did that do to people’s cellphone bills and wifi bills who were on limited plans? I’m fairly certain Apple and it’s multi-millionaire corporate contingent don’t care. They are laughing all the way to the bank.

But this little-old-middle-America-grandma is vexed.

What’s the rush? Why is any one in America releasing for sale any item that is not user ready? When did we lower our expectations of purchasing working items? IF I charged you $250 and walked you into my massage studio, told you to disrobe, lie on the table and relax, I’ll be with you shortly then walked back in 90 minutes later and told you our time together was over and I hope you tell your friends about me…you would be furious, and you would certainly tell your friends all about me and advise them to avoid me like the plague! Yet you’ll run out to lay down over $ 1,000 for a phone that isn’t finished yet?

Come ON Apple! You’re supposed to be a company of innovators! How about finishing what you start BEFORE you try to sell it to us?

For that matter…HOW about ALL you technology companies take a year off and instead of looking for bigger better things to make…let’s get ALL AMERICANS on the same page with the technology that exists! I remember when anyone from the age of 2 years old and older could pick up that old black handset and get an operator to make a phone call. There are Android based phones out there that I can’t even figure out how to answer when they ring.  I’ve had Android users pick up my iPhone when it rang, look at it in wonder and a little trepidation, and shrug as they hand it to me and say, “Sorry, I don’t know how to answer this one.”

God help us all in a true emergency.


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