iOS 9.2: Worth Upgrading?

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iOS 9.2: Worth Upgrading?
Three months after its initial release, iOS 9.2 finally provides a solid and stable experience for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. This article examines iOS 9.2 and whether it’s worth upgrading.

I’ve been holding off on upgrading my iPhone to iOS 9. After testing iOS 9 releases on my iPad, I found that they just weren’t good enough for my mission critical iPhone. With iOS 9.2, that’s changed. Waiting three months for a quality release is reasonable. No software is perfect, including iOS 9.2.

A small number of users are experiencing problems with iOS 9.2. My experience and the overall consensus is that this is finally a quality release. Let’s take a look at installing iOS 9.2, new features, bug fixes, security fixes and a few problems that some users are facing.

Installing iOS 9.2

Upgrading to iOS 9.2 can take between one to two hours, depending on your device and current iOS version. If you have an older device that hasn’t been upgraded recently, it may take a few hours to upgrade. On a newer device running iOS 9.1, the update should only take 20-30 minutes.

iOS 9.2 also varies in size. The update will be smaller on recently upgraded devices. Also, older devices don’t support some of the newer iOS features, such as Siri. Updates to older devices don’t include these modules. On my iPad 2, the update was only 145 MB. It is older and was already running iOS 9.1. The iOS 9.2 upgrade for my iPhone 6 was 1 GB, because it supports more features and was running iOS 8.4.1 prior to the update.

Make sure to backup any critical information using iCloud or iTunes before upgrading to iOS 9.2. For more information on best practices for upgrading iOS, please read “How to Upgrade iOS”.

You can start the iOS 9.2 upgrade process by tapping Settings > General > Software Update. Next, tap Download (it may be downloaded already) and Install to begin the process. You must accept the legal agreements to proceed.

If you have already installed iOS 9, you have another option. Users can choose to upgrade their device overnight. Simply tap on Install Later when prompted to upgrade to iOS 9.2. There’s no way to set an overnight update directly in Settings. You have to wait for the dialog box to pop up and accept it. The scheduled update runs between 2 AM and 5 AM, if your device is plugged in to its charger.

When the upgrade is finished, simply unlock your device. Unlike previous iOS releases, there are no greeting screens or prompts to login to iCloud. This is a major release with a lot of new features, but Apple seems to have forgone the post-upgrade fanfare. If iOS 9.2 is your first iOS 9 upgrade, you will be welcomed, informed of new features, and asked to complete some minor configuration tasks.


iOS 9.2 scores slight better on GeekBench 3. Prior to iOS 9.2, my iPad 2 got a single-core score of 262 and a multi-core score of 496. iOS 9.2 doesn’t improve the single-core score, however, it bumps up the multi-core score by 1 point.

IOS 9.1 vs IOS 9.2 Geekbench 3

You won’t notice this difference in performance, but it’s good to know that iOS 9.2 is a slight improvement, and not a regression. (continue…)

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  1. I thought i’d pass along “Opera’s VPN” app for iOS. I was skeptical but it actually works really well in blocking trackers and ads and the best part unlike Apple which requires a 64 bit device to run ad blockers in Safari, Opera VPN runs great on my iPad 2. So far no screen reloads and I immediately noticed a massive drop off in annoying ads.

    1. I use IPVanish VPN for security on open mobile hotspots. I heard about Opera’s free VPN on the news, but I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. I’ll give it a try.

    1. I have had that happen. I have experienced just about every crash, freeze and hiccup one can expect. I have never had a bricked device. I have had to plug my iPod into iTunes to get it to work. The vast majority of these problems have occurred since late 2014. Something happened at Apple that really changed their quality dramatically. It was probably happening before, but the customers saw it with iOS 8.

      Last night, I was so fed up with Apple. I was sharing an article on Google+ using the Share Sheet. I spent about 20 minutes writing a comment. It crashed and my comment was gone. I can’t blame Google for this. Anything shared with the Share Sheet has a good chance of crashing, especially Mail.

      Then I wanted to play Asphalt 8, and Game Center was down. That meant I couldn’t play against online opponents, which is the only real fun way to play. Furthermore, because it couldn’t connect to Game Center, all of my data was gone. So all of the unlocked racetracks were locked.

      Then I was watching a show after playing music via AirPlay. The network connection just died. I checked Speedtest on another device, and my Internet connection was fine. I rebooted it, put up with the 60 second freeze after it restarts, and then it worked.

      Apple’s quality is going downhill so fast. I am vested in their ecosystem, so I really hope they can fix it. If not, there’s a lot of things I will need to replace.

      I think some of the alternatives I have looked into are also buggy. But we pay a premium for Apple products and expect better quality. If they can’t deliver that, I might as well go for the cheaper option. Amazon Fire TV, the Nexus Player and Roku are all less expensive than Apple TV. Apple TV is the worst tech product I have ever owned. It’s worse than even the super cheap Dell laptops I used to get from work a few years ago. It’s not even a fair comparison for the Dell, because Apple TV can only do a finite number of tasks. The more complicated device, the Dell, should be buggier, but it wasn’t.

    1. I haven’t upgraded my iPad 2 yet. I have pretty much given up on it. It has been hobbled ever since iOS 8 came out. Apple’s promises to provide better performance never came true. If their intention is to get people to upgrade their iPad, it has the opposite effect on me. I’ll never buy an iPad again. I will buy another Mac, as long as they don’t play these same sneaky tricks on their customers.

      Steve Jobs would be irate if he was still alive. Although he sometimes could come off as a bit curt to the customers (“don’t hold it that way”), he always felt that customer satisfaction was the key. One reason why iPads are not selling well is that people like us won’t buy a new one after we have seen how quickly they become obsolete. I guess it could be worse. Imagine the person who bought a new iPad 2 in 2014 (they were selling them up until mid 2014). Their iPad was rendered useless by iOS 8 in just a few months!

    1. I am still on Yosemite, because the WiFi adapter I use doesn’t have an El Capitan driver yet. My Mac Pro didn’t come with a WiFi adapter, and it would have cost me $500 more to have one pre-installed. I actually bought the official Apple part and called the Apple Store and asked if they would install it. It’s not a PCI card. It has to be carefully screwed in to a hard-to-reach area on motherboard. If anything went wrong, it would void the warranty.

      When I took it to the Apple Store, they had a “Genius huddle” and decided not to fix it. This is after I took it down three flights of stairs, drove 20 miles and lugged it across the street. I’m surprised I am still an Apple customer. I think I am able to compartmentalize these disappointing events. It was just some idiots (not geniuses) at the Apple Store who were too lazy to do what they promised on the phone. It doesn’t detract from the fact that the Mac is (or was?) the best computer for me. At that time, I really needed a Unix OS, but wanted something that could run mainstream software titles. Linux couldn’t offer that back then.

      Anyway, I bought the Mac Pro without WiFi because it was much cheaper to buy it from Amazon, but it didn’t come with that option. If I bought it from the Apple Store with WiFi, it would have cost $500 more. So I found some USB WiFi dongle, but unfortunately, not many are made for the Mac. The few that exist usually lag behind supporting new versions of OS X.

      My next Mac will probably be a MacBook Air for the coffee table and travel device. But when I replace my Mac Pro, I will just get a Mac Mini. I should have done that in the first place. The Mac Pro is overkill, but I was thinking Windows PC specs. It is still very fast, even though it is 8 years old.

      Oh, and when I complained about this on a few comment threads, the Apple fans tore me a new one. “You should be able to install it yourself, it’s not rocket science.” I would need to buy new tools to do that, and it would void the warranty. The main point is the Apple Store agreed to do it, then after I went through the hardship of bringing it in, they refused. Awful. The only reason I would go into an Apple Store is to break wind.

      And… why in the world would a computer manufactured in 2009 NOT have WiFi as a standard feature?!? I understand that people in recording studios and film editors will likely use ethernet. In that case, they could disable WiFi in the OS. The current Mac Pro has WiFi built in. Seriously, sometimes I wonder why I am still an Apple customer!

  2. “s it bad QAT or are they not fixing documented defects? The sad thing is, there shouldn’t be a lot of test cases.”

    What I find even more puzzling is the fact there shouldn’t be this level of issues and bugs when you are designing both the hardware and software. That was always the selling point that Apple drove home. I can understand Microsoft, Google or Linux having bugs because they are designing an Operating System for millions or even billions of configurations. And even more puzzling is the fact that some bugs are carryovers from prior releases and the performance of the OS continues to have issues even on some of the latest devices such as the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro where some users have reported stuttering in the UI.

    This is why I have decided against any future iPad purchases because none of this I find to be a problem on Android. I can’t recall Chrome crashing because of memory issues. Since Googles “project butter” implementation, the OS has delivered on performance and smoothness. Oh my Nexus 6, the overall performance is smooth like glass. No stuttering or crashing.

    1. Yes. Good point. They have a commercial boasting that they design the hardware and software, so it is tightly integrated and robust. It should be, but it’s not! Also, something like Apple TV doesn’t have hundreds or thousands of possible test cases. It’s a TV appliance. They should be able to run a complete set of regression tests with every release. The funny thing is, the video games made by major developers are pretty stable. It’s the iTunes and third-party content apps that are the worst. There seems to be a fundamental problem with tcp/ip connections. Some apps are not cleaning these up, but it should be done by the OS when the app is closed. So I have to reboot and that seems to do it. But when I reboot, the screen is frozen for about a minute. I am just livid that the tvOS 9.2 release is even worse than the initial 9.0 release! The new App Switcher, which resembles iOS 9, is also kind of quirky, with stuttering animation. It’s just really not very good at all. It’s par for the course with Apple TV. They did the same thing with my Apple TV 2. After a certain point, around 2014, every release seemed to break something. It got to the point that it would reboot itself a few times every night.

      At this point, I don’t see any indication that they can fix these organizational problems. I’ve been pretty patient, but all of this poor quality really started with iOS 8. That was released in Sept 2014. It’s been a year and a half, and they still have not managed to offer a modicum of quality. At least they dropped the “it just works” slogan. I think even they know it’s just too ironic.

      It’s not even the fact that my iPad 2 is old. My other, newer Apple devices, like my iPhone 6 and Apple TV 4, are also quite buggy. Why would I buy any new Apple product, except maybe a new Mac. I am on the fence about that.

    1. Funny. Apple bought the company that makes Kinect (PrimeSense) but have yet to integrate it with any products. They bought the company a long time ago. Was it just to keep it out of Microsoft’s products?!? I was thinking it would be integrated into Apple TV, but no. I still keep thinking they will unveil some new, ground breaking product, perhaps on April 1st. I won’t hold my breath. For all I know, they will just bake a cake in the shape of a Mac. I do hope that they reinvent the iMac for their 40th anniversary.

      The only deal breaker for the Xbox one, for me, is the lack of content apps. They only have HBO GO, but not HBO NOW. No Spotify either. Neither does Apple TV, but I can use AirPlay. If Microsoft could create an app store for the Xbox, I would be sold. I do think it is a little strange to have games on discs, but I can kind of see the point. They are real video games and would take forever to download. Apple TV has some simplistic games. The top games are Sonic the Hedgehog, which looks like the original, low res Sega version. I bought it, played it for like 5 minutes and haven’t touched it since. It is awkward to play with the Siri remote. I guess I need to get a game controller.

      The game they touted at the keynote is one I bought (an Editor’s Choice, no less) and was deeply disappointed with. It is a futuristic anti-gravity racing game, but the controls are horrible. Instead of tilting the remote to steer, one must steer with the touchpad. It’s pretty much unplayable. Tim Cook mentioned that it is a great game. Has he actually played it? It’s terrible. I gave it 1 star and every time I check in, it gets more and more 1 star ratings. It’s like the developers were unaware that the remote has a accelerometer and gyroscope! Not only have they given this awful, unplayable game the Editor’s Choice designation, they called it out at the keynote! It’s the most disappointing app I have purchased on any Apple device.

    1. The fanboys are ridiculous. The next iPhone needs to be a great leap forward. I know they are removing the headphone jack, so it should be thinner. I am hoping for a much thinner bezel and edge-to-edge screen. If the whole front of the iPhone was a screen, it could be much smaller but still have a big screen. If they pull it off, I will buy it. If it is just a minor evolution from the 6S, I will wait another year. I may wait for the 7S anyway. My iPhone 6 is still in good shape and I really don’t use my iPhone a lot. The two Apple products I use the most are my Mac and Apple TV.

      By the way, the tvOS 9.2 update is not very good. It’s quite buggy. In fact, it is worse than the initial release and the 9.1 update. The very first night it froze on me after a Siri request went unanswered due to network problems (on their end). It’s poor exception handling. I am seeing slow network connectivity after I have used a few apps, even if I close them. I think the network connection pool has some problems. It’s like it’s hanging on to old connections, keeping them alive, and this slows down everything else until I restart. When I restart, the screen is frozen for a minute. tvOS 9.2 is one step forward and two steps back! I always check my Internet connection with Speedtest. Apple TV is the problem!

      The Apple TV team sucks. I’d like to say they are like the Bad News Bears of Apple, but I think they actually won. I can’t remember. I had a bad feeling Apple TV 4 would also be more of the same. The updates introduce both new and regressive bugs. Is it bad QAT or are they not fixing documented defects? The sad thing is, there shouldn’t be a lot of test cases. There’s only so much a TV appliance can do, so it shouldn’t be difficult to come up with rock solid test plans. Maybe they rely too much on automated testing? All I can say is Apple TV is the worst tech product I have owned. Windows was never as bad. It may be comparing apples to oranges, but they are both tech products. Windows is so much more complicated and there are more things that can go wrong.

      Maybe I should have got an Xbox. I do like gaming and the Xbox has all of the TV options too. I’ll stick with Apple TV for now. I have a lot of iTunes content, and the TV shows and movies can’t be migrated elsewhere.

  3. Just to show how screwed up Apple’s product line is. The website revealed that the 9.7 iPad Pro only has 2GB of RAM whereas the 12.9″ Pro has 4GB of RAM and both the CPU/GPU have been gimped so as to differentiate itself from the 12.9″ Pro.

    Here’s problem #1 iPad sales are way down, problem #2 is I can if I wanted to, buy a brand new iPad Pro 12.9″ on Ebay for $649, problem #3 there is little difference between the Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7 at least that matters to the consumer. Problem #4 the customer could get confused with so many options not knowing if they made the right choice.

    How many different iPad models are now available, not counting configurations iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 12.9? How many iPhone models are now available?

    This is why Steve Jobs had model model to choose and it was simple and brilliant. If you want an iPad, here you go. You want an iPhone here you go. You want an iPod here you go.

    What Apple inadvertently doing or maybe on purpose is having products competing against each other. That’s not good for sales when tablet sales are down. For the moment Phone sales are stagnate but supposedly this Quarter Apple will have negative iPhone sales for the first time. There is NOTHING new or really fresh idea that Apple has released.

    Let’s face it, the Apple Watch was released to milk iPhone sales, which is their bread and butter.

    1. Wow. They didn’t mention that at the event at all. I actually thought the only difference was the screen size, and that seems to be their message. Sneaky Apple! It’s a bit mind-boggling, given how dirt cheap RAM is these days. They said it has the same CPU and graphics capabilities, but they were a bit murky on the latter aspect. They talked about the timing chip.

      I agree. There are too many models of iPads and iPhones. To some extent, the iPhone SE made a lot of sense and I think it will sell well. I actually like my bigger iPhone 6 and plan on replacing it with a larger one. I think the iPhone 7 Plus won’t be much bigger than the iPhone 6/6S. If it has a thinner bezel and the screen spans from top to bottom, it could actually be smaller than the iPhone 6/6S yet have a screen as big as the 6/6S Plus. They would need to put the earphone at the top or have a screen that is sound permeable. They would also need to integrate the Touch ID home button into the screen. That said, a lot of people want a small phone. I still have my iPhone 4 and I do like its compact form factor.

      Steve Jobs would have been so upset if he was still alive. They are just adjusting the size of the same products that he launched years ago.

      I do have some hope that they will unveil a new, groundbreaking product. Remember the April 1 hint about their 40 year anniversary? I have a hunch there is something major that will be released and they may have used this lame event to throw us all off.

      April 1… I have a feeling they’re going to unveil something huge. They seemed to foreshadow this. It’s almost like the admitted this was a lame product launch event, but just wait a few weeks…

  4. I updated both iPad 2 and iPad 3 to iOS 9.3 today. The iPad 2 runs it much better than it’s sibling due to the lower resolution screen. I decided to move up to the 9.3 release as the JB community doesn’t release a JB for a point release. I hoping a 9.3 JB comes out so I can downgrade my iPad 2 back to iOS 6 and my iPad 3 to iOS 8.

    Has there ever been a more predictable and boring product launch? Mark Gurman to his credit has some insiders within the company who feed him information on new products before they are released.

    I just look at the iPhone lineup and could imagine Steve Jobs cringing and throwing objects at the wall if he knew the company has 6 or 7 different Phone models each with their own configuration. Yikes !

    So Apple the last few years has gone all in on the mobile gadget products. Apparently they don’t think much of their Mac lineup. The Mac Pro hasn’t been updated in 2 years? The Mac mini hasn’t been updated in 2 years? The iMac’s usually get a spec bump. Where’s info or even a product refresh on the Air notebooks?

    It seems Apple is trying to run out the clock while their rivals are upping their game. And this is how a Company can go from top of the heap to an Also-ran.

    1. I will be upgrading to iOS 9.3 soon. I am waiting to see if there are any problems. I upgraded to tvOS 9.2 today, because the features are compelling. Siri dictation was desperately needed. So far, it seems OK, but I haven’t had much time to use my Apple TV today. I’m sure they introduced some new and regressive bugs. It’s the Apple TV team, after all…

      Today’s keynote was so boring. I mean, they are talking about watch straps and tvOS updates to fill up time. I am astonished that a company of this size and stature hasn’t unveiled a revolutionary new product that everyone wants to buy. That’s what they need. All they are doing is playing around with the size of different products. Apple TV, which was the most “revolutionary” product, didn’t even leapfrog the competition. Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Nexus are actually better in some respects, even though they launched earlier than Apple TV 4.

      Unless they release some new, amazing product, they are doomed. They can’t milk the iPhone forever. I do think the iPhone SE was a good move. It opens up the iPhone to people who couldn’t afford one, without compromising quality or performance. $399 is not a bad price, but 16GB is almost unusable.

      The funniest thing is that I downloaded the Apple Events app on my Apple TV. I looked at the ratings — 85 5-star ratings, and the app just launched a few days ago. This averages to 5 stars overall. This was last night, before the keynote even aired. So these Apple fanatics gave an app, that only plays Apple Events, 5-star ratings?!? This may be part of the problem. So many Apple fans will just eat up whatever Apple releases. I find Apple’s tvOS apps to be the worst. iTunes TV Shows is a mess of episodes mixed in with extras, and sometimes new episodes don’t appear unless you drill down into the show from a different part of the UI. It is dead slow. Loading a TV show, even with a 16 Mbps connection, takes far too long. It won’t even start playing for 10 minutes. Sometimes it just stops playing in the middle of a show, and my Internet connection is fine. But the Apple fan would give it 5 stars, if they could rate it. They’re ridiculous!

  5. The only thing I can think of as to why the iPad 3 struggles vs the iPad 2 running anything higher than iOS 7 is probably because of the Retina display. The A5X is marginal running the higher resolution. It wasn’t until the A6X that you saw good performance.

    I did ia DFU restore back to 9.2.1 and the iPad 3 has become stable again. I’ll try the official release of 9.3 and if I experience problems again i’ll drop down to 9.2.1 and stay there.

    1. That’s a good point. The Retina display will definitely slow down graphics rendering. Hopefully the 9.3 release will be stable.

      I am personally disgusted with my iPad as of late. Just doing the most basic tasks doesn’t work. Copying and pasting text is buggy again. I also checked the tracking number of a package, and due to the mobile browsers, I only got limited information. I went on my Mac and used a real browser, and both the USPS and UPS provide more detailed information. I was able to see where my package was and who sent it. Both critical facts are omitted from the mobile browsing experience.

      I remember the first iPhone was touted as having a browser that gave you the full web. That’s not true at all. Everything on the iPad is watered down and some things are just broken. I am starting to finally see more and more people in the media and social networks refuting the claim that the iPad can be a professional device — even the iPad Pro.

      It’s not just Apple. In the case of my package, both UPS and USPS felt that the mobile experience should be watered down for whatever reasons — smaller screen, less powerful device.

  6. I decided to try 9.3 PB Beta 7. Performance wise it’s about the same on the iPad 2, which is just about as smooth as the previous beta (6). On th iPad 3 it’s a whole different story. Since moving up to PB Beta 7, it’s not uncommon to have watch the iPad 3 unexpectedly reboot and that’s with no apps running in the background. The last time it happened I was changing the “wallpaper” and the iPad 3 locked up and rebooted.

    Since iOS 9, I can no longer reliably play YouTube videos while the screen is off. I like watching live Skynews Int’l and there are times I prefer the audio and so turn off the screen. If I do that and bring up control center and press the play button, nothing happens. If I try that on the iPad Air running iOS 7, no issues on the same website as the audio appears almost instantly. I’ve also encountered some WiFi issues since Beta 7 and had to reset the router.

    Hooray for QC. Perhaps, Apple needs a rethink on upgrading older iPad’s. My iPad Air is frozen on iOS 7 and will stay that way. I’m done with iPad’s.

    1. It’s strange that the iPad 3 has more problems than the iPad 2. Yes, Apple seriously needs to step up their quality. Even long-time iFans are commenting on the lapse in quality.

      I think it would have been best if iOS 7 was the last update for the iPad 2 and maybe the iPad 3 as well. It would have given users a stable and responsive user experience. Also, developers would have continued to cater to these devices. Part of the problem is that if you don’t upgrade to iOS, it limits app availability.

  7. Well I can now “hide” iPad apps but if I try and hide iPhone apps and exit and restart the Store app they reappear. I guess i’m half way there. OTOH, iTunes has morphed into garbage.

    1. Cool. I put my apps on other home screens, leaving the first one clear. I just launch apps with Spotlight, which has proven painful on my iPad 2 for the last few years. Spotlight is so slow! Even on my iPhone 6, it lags sometimes. I just got sick of looking at those icons.

      I’ve always felt iTunes was garbage. When I got my first iPod about 12 years ago, I used WinAmp to sync it, because iTunes was so horrible. Apple doesn’t invest much in their stock apps. Even Walt Mossberg, a big time iFan, recently wrote that Apple’s stock apps aren’t very good. It only took him a few decades to realize that, and he’s considered one of the top tech writers in the business. The problem with most of these tech writers is that they are only on the periphery of technology. They never really worked at tech companies. If they did, it was in a limited capacity. Most of them are English or journalism majors who, compared to their peers, are “clever” with technology.

  8. I forgot to mention i’ve been running iOS 9.33 betas. In IOS 9.3 betas if you tried to hide apps, they would reappear when you exit and restart the App Store app. It’s now working with Public Beta 4.

    Now they need to fix the on-screen volume control icon. It doesn’t work 100% of the time.

    1. The problem with the volume control seems to be typical for Apple these days. I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t fix it by the time the release candidate is built. A lot of people are finally realizing that Apple’s software is really buggy these days. Just the other day, my Apple TV started showing a black screen instead of the screen saver. I fixed it by toggling the screen saver selections. Sometimes the screen will flicker on and off, until I reboot it.

      I wonder if it is bad QAT or if they know about these issues and don’t fix them. I could see them having a bug tracking db with hundreds of unresolved issues. I could also see them skimping on QA and doing a lot of automated testing. That’s been the big buzzword in the Valley for several years. Some automated testing is OK, but they really need some intelligent human beings doing QA. Automated testing is great for things like website stress testing. But I think we still need human beings using the apps and finding defects. In my experience, automated testing doesn’t find the edge cases.

      The decline in quality started about 3 years ago, around the time iOS 7 was released. It’s just now that some of the fanboys are realizing it. But I always see the flame wars between the die hard fanboys and people who have legitimate complaints about bugs. The Apple fanboys say they are just lying about the bugs. I don’t think Apple can improve until the internal and external fanboys get their heads out of the sand, wake up and smell the coffee, or do whatever it takes to realize that their products have too many defects.

  9. I’m afraid OS X is going down the same rabbit hole that iOS is headed for. Today I opened iTunes so I could clean up some of my iPad apps only because since iOS 9 if you “HIDE” an App and reopen the App Store app on an iOS device, in my case an iPad, they reappear. So hiding them again is pointless because they reappear.

    Hence I used my Mac Mini to hide said Apps since iOS 9 is unable to. If iTunes in OS X is any indication, then OS X is done for, stick a fork in it cause it’s done. As I was attempting to HIDE my iPad Apps, I noticed iTunes becoming SLOWER and SLOOOOWER. Then my 2012 Mac Mini began to chug. So I pulled up Activity Monitor and to my HORROR, iTunes had consumed 3.10GB (iTunes and Storedownload processes) of my Base Mini ram of 4GB but that’s not all. Because I watched as compressed memory was now using 850MB of ram and it produced a swap file size of 500MB. Ya think we have a “memory leak” here somewhere? Why haven’t the Apple software engineers addressed this? Granted I only have 4GB of Ram but something tells me iTunes if given the opportunity would have consumed 8GB or more if it had it available.

    1. That doesn’t surprise me at all. I have always disliked iTunes and found it to be a horribly defective and convoluted piece of garbage. It doesn’t surprise me that it has become even worse. I don’t really use it anymore. I gave up on syncing my devices with iTunes. A few years ago, I tried to bounce some iTunes TV shows on my iPad back onto my Mac. It really didn’t work out. I discovered that they expect you to have 4GB of free space to even sync the device with iTunes. But you can’t sync something from an iPad to iTunes. It only works in one direction. It’s a piece of garbage. Apple seems to be slowly moving away from iTunes and going with cloud-based services. They should just put iTunes out of its misery…

      This is why I used WinAmp with my first iPod. It never had a problem syncing in both directions. I could also easily move files off my iPod and onto my computer. Yep, some small software company created better iPod integration than Apple. It’s not surprising.

      The developers who work on iTunes are mediocre. Apple has some great engineers, but they work on the core operating systems. Their apps are “free” so they get mediocre engineers. The best and brightest in the Valley are going to startups. Maybe some of them can be persuaded to work on OS X or iOS with a generous salary and stock options (that may be worthless if they joined in the past few years). But their app developers are nothing special and seem to be the type who are looking for a cushy corporate job. I’m sure Apple is so tied up in weird, convoluted engineering process that it takes 10 people two weeks just to change some text in a dialog box.

  10. You might want to check out the soon to be released Samsung – Windows 10 tablet. IIRC it will have keyboard support and is an all aluminum chassis. Supposedly it’s designed to compete with the Surface Pro line.

    I saw the preview of their Windows 10 tablet on the Engadget app on Apple TV. It was around the time of CES 2016.

    1. This sounds interesting. I am still waiting to see how much the new MacBooks will cost. There are some pretty deep discounts on this year’s model. That new, ultra-thin MacBook is selling for $300 less. But I still wouldn’t buy anything until the new ones come out. They will likely be cheaper and better, and last year’s models will be even less expensive.

      I do like Samsung’s hardware. Before I owned an iPhone, I preferred Samsung basic phones. They do make good stuff, and only an Apple fanboy would deny that. I think it’s possible to appreciate Samsung, even if I use Apple products.

      I’ll check out Samsung’s new Windows 10 tablet…

  11. I just installed iOS 9.3 Beta 3 on both my iPad 3 and iPad 2. The UI has been sped up with a slight/minimal impact to the rest of the OS. Launching an App such as Safari or the Settings app when not in memory appears to show up full page, slightly faster.

    The UI is smoother on the iPad 3 but it’s unnaturally fast on the iPad 2 especially when calling up Spotlight. So there is an improvement to older hardware but not enough fluidity to upgrade from iOS 7 or below.

    1. That’s good to hear. I am getting so frustrated with my iPad, I’m ready to chuck it out the window. Even if they improve performance, the fact that it took them years to do it is inexcusable. I’m never going to buy another iPad. My last frustration — spending 45 minutes just to share a link on social networks using the share sheet in different browsers. It either stalled and did nothing or crashed. These aren’t massive undertakings, but very simple things that shouldn’t require an A9X processor! iOS is horrible for anything other than a smartphone.

  12. The article sums up Apples software development quite nicely:

    “The risk for Apple is that, hounded into keeping its hardware products secure at the top of the consumer pyramid, its reputation is changing from a company whose software “just works” (as Steve Jobs used to declare) to one that just doesn’t give a damn.”

    1. Exactly. Not only do they not care, but they seem indifferent, as if they can use marketing to sell anything. That will only work in the short term. As their reputation for quality and reliability is eroded, their customers will leave for greener pastures. It will take a lot of work to regain that reputation. I am just wondering when this poor quality will spread to the Mac.

    1. I couldn’t agree more and I’ve said this for a long time. It’s true with pretty much all Apple software, including the Mac, and this has been the case for years. Even on the Mac, apps like iTunes and Safari are terrible. Their iOS apps are also not very good. I have used Reminders for years, and unfortunately, I have a lot of to do lists and notes in that app. It still does not sync properly about 20% of the time. I have to add an item to force it to sync. I have spent several minutes standing in the parking lot of the supermarket, fiddling with my iPhone to get my shopping list to sync. It just doesn’t work!

      The problem is that their app teams are not very good. They got rid of their VP in charge of apps a few years ago, but I still don’t see an improvement in quality. The best thing they can do is step aside and allow third parties to come up with these solutions. They could even bundle these with iOS and OS X. They could open the interfaces to allow default apps and deeper integration with their operating systems. I won’t hold my breath. Apple has their own way of doing things.

      It’s like how they require tvOS apps to support the Siri remote. This has prevented a lot of developers from coming on board. Macworld has a great article comparing gaming on Apple TV vs. Amazon Fire TV. The Fire TV offers better gaming, and they mention that one of my favorite games, Asphalt 8, is much smoother on Amazon’s TV appliance. That actually surprised me, but I don’t doubt it. I have noticed dropped frames and jerky motion in Asphalt 8 for tvOS. I hope this can be fixed with updates.

      The lack of performance on tvOS is also indicative of Apple’s decline in quality. The have all sorts of teams at Apple and some of them aren’t very good at all. But all of their products have an Apple logo, which people have assumed stands for quality.

      Apple makes one excellent operating system and one decent mobile OS. They make some great hardware. Apart from that, nothing else they do is great or special. Some of it, like Apple Music, is just awful. They have only so many talented developers and designers, and they are working on the flagship products. I also think something in their organization makes it difficult for them to create great apps. Things like smartphones, computers and operating systems are large projects that are typically done best by huge corporations. That’s not the case with apps.

  13. And these guys are considered Apple fanboys as the founder of the website is now working for Apple. This is Anandtech’s review of the iPad Pro and the general state of iOS.

    “However, iOS is not a perfect tablet OS. One real problem here is that the multi-window UI isn’t quite as good as it needs to be. While the current list of apps that fully support this functionality isn’t unmanageable, as time goes on I suspect it will get to be rather annoying to scroll through a long list of apps. There’s also the issue of performance. While there was a time when iOS was just incredibly smooth all the time, I’m starting to notice a trend of apps and general UI tasks that show rather concerning levels of frame drops. I’m not really sure exactly when this happened, but something as simple as scrolling through the Notes app shows frame drops on par with scrolling through Google’s Play Store app. This is definitely an area where Apple should focus on improving, as performance problems shouldn’t be a concern with a tablet that’s as powerful as the iPad Pro.”

    1. And i’m sure the Apple fanboys/iSheep will blow this off as oh well. But if it was iOS vs Android, they’d be telling us all the negative things about Android and it’s performance.

      Funny thing is, Android is silky smooth running Marshmallow on my Nexus 6 and on my Android tablets and not once has the tablet or phones rebooted or crashed the OS because I did some quirky thing like use the Chrome browser with Javascript on like what happens on iOS.

      1. I have heard great things about Android. I’m on Google+, so there are quite a few Android users in my circles. After the iPhone 6 Plus, quite a few Android users switched to an iPhone, and many of them claim they like it better. They say it is more stable and faster. But I also know a few people who have gone from iPhones to the Nexus, because they want a better Google experience.

        For me, since I am vested in the Apple ecosystem, an iPhone is a better choice. I can’t move my iTunes movies and TV shows. I can move my iTunes music, but it is a real chore.

        I think Android is a great option for a lot of people — probably most people.

    2. Yes, I have heard quite a few complaints about performance on the iPad Pro. Some people say they fixed it with one of the iOS 9 updates. Even if that is true, they will hobble it again. iOS has been nothing but ups and downs, but mostly downs for me!

      They’re delusional if they think corporate users will go for the iPad Pro. Even with two app multitasking, one has to do small units of work in several apps to accomplish most tasks. It’s frustrating, because both the OS and apps are so limited. Even for working on this site, iPad image editing apps can’t do the basics. I know Adobe put in some exclusive features for their iOS apps, but they are mostly gimmicks. Even GIMP on a real computer can do far more than any iPad image editing app. They want graphic designers to fall in love with the Apple Pencil, and do some of their work on the iPad Pro and the rest on a Mac. That way, they sell two devices. CIOs and CTOs won’t fall for it.

      There will be a handful of corporations that use iPad Pros in limited ways, and Apple will trump these up as being the industry standard. I can just see the slide at the WWDC — look at all the Fortune 500 companies that use the iPad Pro. Yes, and most of them have way more Windows and Linux machines.

  14. To show the condition iOS has become, ever since the release of iOS 9. If you quickly do a 4 finger pinch gesture to close an App window, there is a good likelihood that you’ll be greeted with a “springboard and reboot”. I’ve had that happen several times closing the “settings window” and now it’s happened in Safari. AND this is supposed to be Apple’s bread and butter, their Mobile OS. Yikes !

    One other thing that’s beginning to bug the hell out of me are all the gimmicks. Prior to iOS 7 if you wanted to view the “Multi-task window” you would either pull up on the screen or double tap the Home Button. In iOS 7 Jony Ive decided that Scott Forstall’s UI implementation wasn’t nearly good enough so he took the idea from HP’s WebOS and used cards when in the Multitasking window. Just like with WebOS, you flicked the cards up to quit those Apps. Oh, wait a minute, I guess it’s OK for Apple to use some other companies idea but don’t you dare make a device with rounded edges. I digress. 😛

    In iOS 7/8 bringing up the Multitasking window would zoom out all your App cards and they were smallish so flicking them up while keeping your hands on the device was easy. Since iOS 9 the cards are gigantic (exaggeration) and now flicking the cards up and out of the way always doesn’t work because of the screen size and you have to move the cards for spacing or it’s difficult to flick the cards out of the way.

    Mind you, this is trivial and nothing earth shattering but it just goes to show today’s Apple. The Apple that Steve Jobs ran had an attention to detail that this sort of thing wouldn’t happen. Why? Because it could annoy a customer and his Apple would rather let a competitor have the honors because it would bring him and Apple another customer.

    That said, I purchased today a Lenovo Edge 2-1 laptop that converts into a tablet from Best Buy for $349. I have had enough with the Springboards, reboots, Safari crashes and the poor OS performance on older devices.

    This used to be a problem with Microsoft where you need the latest hardware to effectively run their latest Windows OS. Nowadays it’s the opposite where the latest version of Windows runs just as fast on aging hardware. I’m typing this on a Windows 8.1 laptop built in 2008 and it flies and Windows 10 was even faster.

    I remember the Apple fanboys who would mock Microsoft Windows where they gleefully laughed and poked fun that it was required to do a Windows OS reinstall after 6-12 months to freshen the OS and bring back the speed. My have times changed. I have had several Windows PC’s with the same OS installation going on 3 years now and it’s just as fast as when I installed it.

    And now the remedy to reintroduce speed back to an iOS device is to do a fresh reset and erase. How times have changed. After several OS X updates on my 2012 Mac Mini, required a fresh installation because soemething got borked and the system performance became a slideshow and my Mini was running “HOT”. I could have figured it out but it was much easier to do a fresh install.

    Hopefully that Lenovo Laptop/Tablet does the trick for $350. I was tempted to get an iPad Air 2 but Apple doesn’t deserve any more of my business until they start to sort things out. And it starts with Jony Ive and his software team.

    1. I have had the same thing happen in iOS 9. When I pinch to close an app, it will freeze and then reinitialize the shell. I agree — if this is Apple’s bread and butter, they really need to improve quality. I also get about 10 crashes per hour with any WebKit browser. That’s ridiculously bad. I think they’re hobbling iOS browsers as a competitive move against Google.

      They are also deficient when it comes to services. That’s where I think they stand to lose the future of computing. Jobs contended that the iPad is a “post PC” device. It’s not. David Clark, an MIT professor, actually originated the term, and he wasn’t talking about tablets. He was referring to thin clients and devices that could intelligently pair to create their own systems. A smart vending machine is a post PC device, because it isn’t a PC. A thin client is a post PC device, because it doesn’t do its own computing. It just renders screens and takes user input. That’s the future and present of computing. Although web browsers have become more thick, originally they were simple, thin clients. The Chromebook is more of a post-PC device than an iPad. I see the future of computing as really simple devices and the processing is offloaded on servers. Virtual assistants do just that, and Siri isn’t very good. I didn’t use it much on my iPhone 6 for this reason. I started using it more on my Apple TV. It’s not that smart. The fanboys call Siri a “she”. It’s not human-like at all. It’s not artificial intelligence. My dog is smarter than Siri. Apple can’t even reliably stream music. If the future is the cloud and thin clients, they are already behind. iCloud is nothing more than glorified FTP.

      The other problem with the iOS 9 App Switcher is that one can no longer preview apps. In iOS 7 and 8, I used it to quickly look up information on a list or note. Now it’s a stack of app views, and each app blocks the view of other apps. They changed it, but actually made it worse and less useful.

      I looked at an HP 2-in-1 that ran Windows 8.1. It costs about $400 and has an excellent audio system built in. It is about the size of an iPad 2, but a little thicker, due to the keyboard. I tried out the touchscreen, and it was ridiculously fast. I tapped on IE, and it popped up instantly. That explains what I see in my logs for this site. Most of my visitors use iPhones, and the next biggest group are Windows users. These 2-in-1s are real computers that run full desktop operating systems. One can use a full version of Office or Photoshop. It’s really easy to rename files. It’s even possible to play World of Warcraft, which will likely never come to iOS. The iPad is just a big iPhone. It doesn’t make sense to run a mobile operating system on a bigger device. It’s hubris. They think iOS is so functional and professional. It’s a very limited operating system. I was hoping the iPad Pro would run a touch enabled version of OS X. That would have made it a professional device. I expect it to flop. CIOs and CTOs are not going to shell out over $1000 per seat for such an expensive device, and then get new site licenses for software.

      I always reset my iPad when I am done using it. I constantly reboot my Apple TV. If Apple can’t improve quality, their prices are no longer justified. Their products may look attractive, but, for me, the appeal was always stability.

      I remember back in the late 90s, working with a few Mac zealots. Back then, the Mac was truly inferior to the Windows PC. It lacked software. BBEdit was their idea of a killer app. It’s just a text editor! But they would claim it was better than a PC. Those Power PC Macs weren’t fast. At best, one could claim they were more stable, but when the computer can’t do much, it’s going to be more stable. This really put me off Macs for a long time. I really disliked Apple and Apple fans. In the mid 2000s, java developers starting moving to the Mac. I have to admit, for large java projects it’s more stable, and it is much closer to a Unix or Linux production environment. They’re all POSIX operating systems, so the deployment and shell scripts are the same. In fact, some of the software I use for development on the Mac is the same binary as Unix, because the Mac supports X11. Apple no longer directly supports it, but it has become open source. With IBM and Apple’s partnership, this makes the Mac even more IBM-enterprise-java friendly. So that’s why I switched to the Mac. I still like my Mac and it has been rock solid. But now I realize, that’s it! Their other products aren’t that great. I attributed the Mac’s quality to other Apple products.

      One thing I can say about the 90s Macs — they did multimedia better than Windows. Some professional recording studios were using Macs back in 1994. That capability didn’t come to PCs until about 1996, but it was horribly buggy. I know, because I was an early adopter of a Windows-based recording system. It’s changed and, while the Mac continues to dominate professional audio/visual production, Windows PCs are sometimes used.

      That’s the market inertia — multimedia users prefer Macs and corporate users prefer Windows. Apple’s going to have to do a lot more to get their iPad Pro into offices. Beyond its limited capabilities, they have to deal with the inertia of a Windows-dominated world.

    2. I finally gave up on my iPad. I just had it. The last straw was that Spotlight can no longer launch apps. I tried to launch Google+ and it didn’t show anything. I waited, tried again, to no avail. This was after a fresh reset of my device. I reset it again, and it didn’t work. It kind of worked this morning, but I had to type in all of “Google+” to have it show the app as a result. It should (and used to) display the app if I just typed in “goo”. Why would this change? There is no new update. I haven’t done anything to this iPad.

      Spotlight is not good, even when it works. It can’t deal with indeterminate data. For example, if I type “spotofy”, it can’t figure out that I meant Spotify. Spotlight seems to just be a glorified version of grep. In 2016, I think most users are accustomed to some modicum of fuzzy logic in search results. Google search has been doing this for years.

      Beyond the Spotlight failures, I just had a tremendous amount of crashes. I am also tired of having to share something 3 times before the Share Sheet actually pops up the sharing window. This is true of all social networks. It’s an iOS issue. The simple task of finding a news story and sharing it takes about 30 minutes, because it’s dead slow and continually crashes.

      I am considering purchasing a Windows 2-in-1 for my coffee table device. I really only used my iPad for browsing the web, social media and Spotify. Although none of these are computing-intensive activities, they can no longer be done without massive amounts of frustration.

      I purchased my iPad 2 in the summer of 2011. By September 2014, it was rendered useless by iOS 8. iOS 9 promised to be an improvement and work better on older devices. That turned out to be false. It’s even worse than iOS 8, even though it gets better Geekbench stats. They’ve completely bloated and hobbled the shell. I’ve turned off every bell and whistle! I have plenty of free space. $699 and I got three decent years of use out of it. The iPad doesn’t live up to Apple standards.

      For now, I will just use my iPhone as my coffee table device. It’s not ideal for typing, but neither is my iPad. One of the defects I see every day is that the UI is out of sync. For example, if I type anything, it will register clicks on the layer below the keyboard unless I wait a few seconds. The UI is out of sync. Even though the keyboard is displayed, the touch interface is registering input on the layer below. One would only experience this on a slower device.

      I wouldn’t even consider purchasing a new iPad. I know what’s in store… I will get 2-3 years out of it before they hobble it.

      I just got a comment from a reader who mentioned that Amazon video no longer works on OS X El Capitan. I think it is Safari that’s the problem. It may work with other browsers. Still, it seems these defects are making their way into OS X now. Then again, Safari was never a good browser and I don’t use it anymore. Every time I am seduced into using it with its slick UI and nifty features, I am reminded that it doesn’t do the fundamentals well. That seems to be indicative of the new Apple. They put a lot of glitter on their products, but the fundamentals are not rock solid. It seems to be the consequence of being a marketing driven corporation. Stability isn’t as marketable as new features, and they don’t seem to value stability anymore.

      I think iOS is great for multimedia and gaming, if you run contemporary hardware. I do notice that some of my games are still quite playable on my iPad 2. This seems to indicate that it’s really the shell and WebKit that are dead slow. I love the games on my Apple TV 4, particularly Asphalt8 and Air Wings.

  15. IOS 9.2 on an iPad 2 isn’t bad in fact it appears slightly more stable which is a testament to the iPad 2 and its reputation for being one of Apple’s best tablets.

    Oh the other hand iOS 9.2 is shockingly bad on an iPad 3 and turns it into a paperweight. I have set it aside as I wait to see if Pangu releases a 9.2 Jailbreak so I can downgrade my iPad 3 back to iOS 8.4.1

    This is the reason why I no longer want to buy anymore iPad’s. Apple’s mobile OS software team is a joke and really needs to get its act together which I highly doubt since Jony Ive has been promoted to God status within Apple.

    1. For me, iOS 9.2 is barely usable on my iPad 2. The speed is one thing, but anything using a WebKit browser will crash constantly. WebKit is the bane of my existence. It’s fine for an iPhone, because it will render mobile sites. I have been using Photon, and it’s much better. I use the streaming session. The only way to do something as simple and basic as surfing the web on my iPad is to have the pages rendered on a server. That’s what Photon’s streaming session does. It even plays Flash video, as it is rendered on the server.

      I have a feeling that Apple is hobbling features like WebKit and AirPlay, because they are conduits for third-party content. They can’t be that bad at software development. It has to be intentional. I would have used Apple Music instead of Spotify, but it was horribly defective. It still is. I still see people complaining about bugs on social media and blogs. Why do they use it? They’re just enabling Apple to make bad software.

      I agree. No more iPads for me. I spent $699 on that thing, and after three years, it was rendered useless. iOS 8 was the functional end of the line for that one. My iPad 2 is very frustrating. It’s slow and constantly crashes, especially when browsing the web or using internal browsers in other apps. I think the iPhone and Mac are enough for me. Apple TV should eventually have some more functional apps, such as a web browser.

      By the way, I just found an excellent Apple TV game — Air Wings. It’s free and very fun. It’s a paper airplane dogfighting game. The controls are responsive and the motion is buttery smooth. It took the bad taste out of my mouth after 5 minutes of playing Cat-A-Pult. There are so many bad tvOS apps. Air Wings is incredible!!!

      Someone is suing Apple over the slow speed of iOS 9 on their iPhone 4S. I tend to not support such litigation, but I hope the plaintiff wins. Apple needs to engineer iOS like OS X, where updates don’t slow down the overall operating system too much. Either that, or they should provide security patches for older operating systems and allow people to downgrade.

      Users of older devices can’t expect every bell and whistle, but the basic functionality should be responsive. I know someone with a 6 year old Mac Mini that’s just as responsive on Yosemite as it was with Snow Leopard. If Apple is going to support older devices, they need to ensure a reasonable level of performance. It’s so obvious that they are guiding iOS users into the rocks with their Siren song. They are hoping people will just buy a new iPad. It did the opposite for me. They’re not going to have me buying a new iPad every 3 years. Some people sell their old ones, and occasionally there are some great trade in deals, but Apple is sabotaging the resale value of older devices. You’ll see that in the market. Instead of building brand loyalty, they are toying with people. It works on some people, but homie don’t play that.

      1. Agreed on the litigation and I hope the plaintiffs WIN !

        Jony Ive needs to stick to hardware design and iOS 7 on up keeps getting worse performance wise where you need a supercomputer to run it. And for what, I ask? It’s the same iOS Scott Forstall designed with “gimmicks and effects”. And there in lies the problem. Jony Ive and Tim Cook wanted to bring Forstall’s creative design to an end with his exit and in the process Ive has managed to ruin iOS.

        I agree that Apple is sabotaging their product line and it’s all part of a company that lacks direction and is just grasping at sales numbers. Steve Jobs offered 1 iPad and 1 iPhone model. He believed in not confusing the customer and if you don’t confuse the customer they will buy an iPhone if they want an iPhone. Today your choices are various models and configurations. The same goes for the iPad, only much worse.

        The bad news for Apple is that customers ARE starting to notice how they operate. Currently Google offers a competitive product at a lower price point. I picked up a Nexus 6 which i’m impressed with for $199 that was a $650 phone last year with no contracts.

        1. Unfortunately, it often takes lawsuits to get corporations to behave properly. On the flip side, Samsung is much more innovative after they were sued for copying the iPhone with the Galaxy S2. I would love to see Apple forced to properly support older products. It’s clear to me that they are encouraging users to hobble their devices, in the hopes they will buy a new one.

          Right. I can’t see any reason why iOS 8 and 9 should be so slow compared to older releases. Even iOS 7 isn’t that bad, as my iPhone 4 (iOS 7) outperforms my iPad 2 (iOS 9.2). My iPhone 6 isn’t much more responsive than my iPhone 4. It seems like they added some hamster wheels. I think the most stable and best performing versions of iOS were 4 and 6. iOS 5 had a lot of problems. I think that was when employees were distracted by the departure of Steve Jobs.

          I hear great things about the Nexus 6. I am on Google+, so I do interact with a fair number of Android users. People who use Google services really do better with Android. iOS makes it impossible to configure a default browser or mapping application. At best, you can use the Google app as a launchpad for Google services. This is another issue that may eventually be settled with lawsuits. I remember Microsoft was sued because they simply included IE with Windows. That’s not a bad thing at all. An OS should be bundled with apps. How do you download another browser without a browser in the first place? Most people won’t FTP to some URL they have memorized or written down somewhere.

          What Apple is doing is even worse. iOS is bundled with Safari, but you can’t make any other browser the default. Then again, what’s the point? Other browsers are forced to use WebKit. That, again, is where the App Store is too heavy handed. I know Mozilla put off making an iOS browser because they didn’t want to use WebKit. It’s monopolistic. It also limits choice and gives end users a poor quality product. I think they purposefully hobble WebKit so people will use apps. Instead of reading the news on a browser, use the News app. It’s all curated to make Apple products look great and to boost their stock value. That’s why so many writers are sucking up to Apple these days. Wired and Apple are basically in collusion. It’s not much different from what Hearst was doing several decades ago.

          When it comes to news and the web, I trust Google a lot more. I use the Google News website, and they have top stories that are negative about Google and positive about Apple. It’s all based on an algorithm. Apple News is curated by human beings who get their paycheck from Apple. It’s so obviously biased. The app is also very ugly. While it is capable of displaying amazing layouts, they require the use of a proprietary tool. What it grabs from RSS looks like 1994 websites viewed in Spry Mosaic. Even major publishers are simply not on board with re-formatting content just to suit Apple. They’re also not making much money from ads. The funny thing is, they just introduced Top Stories in iOS 9.2. That seems like something any news app should have from day 1!!! It’s all par for the course. Apple makes absolutely terrible stock apps. At least let your users configure third party apps as defaults.

          I stick with the iPhone because I like the hardware, design, and iOS is pretty stable, apart from browsers and Apple’s stock apps. Android has a lot going for it. It just won’t work as well with my Mac and Apple TV.

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