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iOS 8 problems not so magical: Slow, laggy, bloaty, crashy, buggy, drainy and doc

Richi Jennings | Sept. 22, 2014
99 iOS 8 problems, but The Witch ain't one.

iOS 8 problems have reared their ugly heads, bang on cue. Early-adopting iMagicMirror owners are finding their devices suffering some seriously poisoned Apple.

Here we go again. Every major update causes suspicious slowdowns in older iPhone and iPad types. It's as if Apple wantsyou to upgrade to the latest shiny. As if.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers set aside their cynicism.

 curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Gregg Keizer takes a beautiful new Queen:

The initial uptake for Apple's iOS 8 has been less than half of...iOS 7. 
In the 24 hours since its mid-day Wednesday launch, iOS 8 powered just 7.3% of all iOS devices that accessed Chitika's ad network. ... "iOS 8 adoption has been remarkably slower than either iOS 7 or iOS 6," said Andrew Waber [who] compared the 7.3% of iOS 8 against last year's iOS 7, which collected an 18.2% share [and] iOS 6's share was 14.8%.  MORE

Some say slow uptake is down to the 5GB free-space requirement. Jonny Evans has great tips:

Some iOS 8 upgraders have complained it is necessary to delete content from their install the new OS. That's true if you upgrade in isolation, but far less of a problem...if you upgrade using iTunes [when you] need just under 1GB of space. 
How to use iTunes to upgrade:  MORE

And Andrew Cunningham sits on more gripes:

The 4S has stayed pretty speedy over the years, but how does iOS 8 treat it? ... It's missing out on several features that depend on newer hardware. [It's] 3.5-inch iPhone screen now the smallest of four...that Apple supports. iOS 8's new stuff is all about fitting more information on those larger screens. 
We were expecting speed to stay roughly the same in the jump from iOS 7 to iOS 8, more or less as it did when we moved from iOS 5 to iOS 6 on the 3GS. [But] application launch times...reset those expectations. ... iOS 8 can add as much as 50 percent more time to the same task...animations on the Apple A5 SoC are markedly more choppy and inconsistent. 
Casey Johnston confirmed that she was seeing the same kind of behavior on her iPad 2. ... It's odd, because although the applications themselves have added features, the GPU shouldn't really be working harder to render stuff.  MORE

But Adam Mills avoids it, like the plague:

While the update delivers a ton of new also delivered a number of iOS 8 problems as well. ... [But] iOS 8 is not as ambitious as last year's iOS 7 update. ... Apple's discussion forums are littered with complaints about iOS 8 and the supposed problems that the update has delivered to iPhone and iPad users. 
iPad users are evidently dealing with a myriad of issues [not] limited to owners of the iPad 2...bad Wi-Fi...incredibly slow...Safari is extremely slow...issues with sound...multitasking gestures, FaceTime issues, and more. 
iPhone users are dealing with iOS 8 problems as well...not just those with the iPhone 4s...poor performance...Mail app keeps crashing...random reboots... Wi-Fi issues, a number of problems with the new Family Sharing feature...abnormal battery drain...complaints about Bluetooth...messaging problems...and a whole lot more.  MORE


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