To update or not to update? For anyone buying one of the new iPhone models this fall or a new iPad, you’ll likely be getting it with Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 11 installed. But for everyone else with older phones and tablets, is it necessary, or even a good idea to upgrade to this latest software, which just debuted this week?
As with every major iOS update (and this is a significant one), the benefits include new features and design tweaks such as a Control Center that can now be customized, a redesigned App Store, improvements to Siri, the ability to send money to friends with Apple Pay, a Do Not Disturb driving mode and multitasking improvements for iPads. Apple is also pushing augmented reality technology capabilities of its mobile gadgets with this update.
So why wouldn’t you want to upgrade? Traditionally every new iOS brings with it a new set of bugs and not-quite-ready-for-prime-time quirks that often take a few days or weeks to get fixed with subsequent software patches. Some companies may want their employees to hold off on a new iOS until they can test it (particularly for email compatibility and security) if those devices are used for work. And if you have a much older Apple gadget, it may not be compatible with the new iOS or could perform more slowly than what you’re used to. (A popular conspiracy theory is that this is Apple’s version of forced obsolescence to get people to buy new phones and iPads.)
My advice? If your iPhone or iPad is working perfectly and you aren’t an early adopter dying to try these new features, you’ll be fine waiting a week or two at least to make sure any major problems are fixed before you dive in. And don’t forget to do a backup of your device before you try to upgrade.
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