Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 17th Feb 2011 00:14 UTC
Apple Well, it might be safe to say that Apple's own engineers stopped testing their Apple apps with 3.x iOS devices, and have created bugs that make these apps unusable. This is to be somewhat expected, Apple has a track record of not-so-great backwards compatibility (on the Mac), but what we also expected was to not get these broken updates forced to us. It's one thing to stop updating the firmware of older iOS models, and another thing breaking them.
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SteveB
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2005-07-10

I understand your outrage and I would act the same way as you IF I would be an owner of an iOS device. But I am not an owner of an iOS device and am not planing to be one.

For me it is very clear that if you buy and use an iOS device then you are giving away the control of that device to Apple. Off course you can jail break it and do fancy stuff but if you stay away from those things then one thing is crystal clear to me: You are just an user of a device that you have paid but in reality you don't really own it.

This has benefits for you as an user (for example: Apple keeps care of the quality of applications in their app store, etc) but it has an negative aspect too (depend how much weight you give to the other side).

And IMHO you are now hitting that negative side and you are not happy with it.

The example you have made with the Mac from Year 2003 is IMHO not valid since on that Mac you are the one controlling what to install and what not to install. And if you want, you can wipe the whole OS from that 2003 hardware and install Linux, BSD or any other OS that support your arch/CPU.

This is fundamentally different than with an iOS device. There it's not you that is in control of the device. It's some one else. You are just the user (with some freedom to install additional apps or remove apps but in no way do you have the same freedom as you have on your Year 2003 system).

Anyway... what I want to say is that I understand your outrage but on the same time I don't have an understanding for your outrage because it is an iOS device.

I have used iOS/Mac OS X in the past and you don't need to be a rocket science to know that there is an "Apple way" and that YOU as an user have to adapt to that "Apple way" and not the other way around. Often you get used to that "Apple way" and you have a benefit from that "Apple way" and from the strong leader (Apple). But there are times where things don't go the way you would love them to go. But you can't praise that strong leadership/control of Apple and then again swearing on that strong leadership/control.

Sorry if this sounds like Apple bashing. It's not. I don't hate Apple nor do I wish them anything bad nor do I have anything against Apple users, etc...

Usually I would not respond to such messages and especially not to one made by Eugenia (you often have IMHO a strong point and there is no room for argumentation because you just hit the nail on the head) but this time I had to. It puzzles me that you are so much surprised about the whole issue. It's an iOS device and a device that is made to be connected to the net and it's an device controlled by Apple. That automatic and forced mechanism of pushing applications or OS updates is one of the strong points of that device. And you knew that in advance. And you knew in advance that you don't have 100% full control of that pushing mechanism. So why do you now act so surprised? You have been in here (on OSnews) for so long and you for sure know that no vendor is 100% error free. So why does it surprise you that Apple has made such a bad update?

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