There once was a time when OS X came on DVDs for sale at the Apple Store and we Mac lovers would stand in line, fork over $129 and get a new version of an OS X cat, and if we were early in line, we’d get a t-shirt. After that we’d head home and upgrade our Macs and ooh and aah at all the cool things the cat thus brought.
Those days are gone. For another decade or so there were enough bugs in each new version of OS X to make experienced Mac users a bit more cautious about upgrading. If it wasn’t broken, why fix it? That cry became the moral of many stories of Mac users who upgraded to the latest and greatest only to screw up what was once a working system.
The same thing took place when the iPhone and iPad started to rule Apple. We of the early adopter genetic profile would drop everything and upgrade to the latest iOS point release only to realize that our two-year-old iPhone felt like it was 10 years old.
In just a few short years we Apple fan folk went from giddily upgrading to every new version to becoming cautious about any version. ‘Let it be for a few weeks to see what major killer bugs are in there before upgrading‘ became the rallying cry for experienced iDevice user.
I, like many tens of millions of other Apple customers over the years, got burned on more than a few occasions. ‘It just works‘ wasn’t working thanks to an overzealous eagerness to get on to the next great thing, even if it was just a change in icons, and a handful of nominally valuable features that Apple hyped as the next digital coming.
Well, friends and neighbors, boys and girls, guys and dolls, we’ve come full circle. It’s the circle of life. We’ve gone from standing in line to get the newest Mac upgrades to avoiding the newest upgrades for anything with an Apple logo on it to rushing to upgrade because some nefarious malware might be lurking around– either online or within– and an upgrade immediately would make everything OK.
My guess is there’s no middle ground here. Nearly 85-percent of all iOS device owners have upgraded to iOS 9, and on one hand, that’s a good thing, but it also means more customers could have something dangerous lurking in the background ready to infect a few hundred million users at the same time. You know, like Android and Windows.
Apple says their software is better than ever with fewer bugs than ever but with more customers than ever any bugs make more noise than ever. There are enough complexities in today’s popular operating systems that stuff happens so I’ve learned not to upgrade for a few days after an upgrade arrives; just to be sure I’m not upgrading into some hidden evil. And I backup each iDevice and backup the back ups.
Frankly, I wish I didn’t have to be so thorough because I miss the days of standing in line amid the growing camaraderie of fellow Apple folk, exchanging pleasantries and horror stories alike just to get a new version of something that was sure to delight and frustrate just a hour or so later.