Looks like Joanna Stern could get schooled reading this article:
She didn't seem to test app performance like games, etc.
Overcast is amazing.
I left the Apple podcast app when there were server issues a few months back and I couldn't play anything. I was already annoyed by the poor UI design where I would try to FF and accidentally hit the fast playback button.
The Smart Speed and Voice Boost are great features that dramatically improve the listening experience. Especially for Marco Arment's own podcast ATP. Hehe. Casey Liss is soft and John Syracusa is loud. Now I can hear both...
I am sure most of this change is due ti the sales of new devices. Math examples:
500 MM iOS devices in us3
52% are on iOS 8 on Oct 27 = 260 M devices.
They sell 20 M new iOS 8 devices in the last 3 weeks.
Now 280 M out of 520 M on iS 8 = 53.8 %
To get to 56% about 11 M legacy devices had to upgrade.
A fair number of those are schools with fleet upgrades.
So I don't think the remaining base of consumers is upgrading very quickly.
In my family we have 6 iOS...
I have had significant issues with slow wifi identification and connections via an iPhone hotspot. While my iPad will already be connected when I turn it on, my MacBook Pro requires me to turn the hot spot on and off and then wait a while for the MacBook to see it.