Originally Posted by fyngyrz
Seriously, this is the worst IOS *ever
*. If you haven't upgraded to it yet, don't until you see the above problems (and the others on the Apple support forums) have been fixed. Or you'll probably regret it. I certainly do.
I'd like to recant my personal experience with Apple products (and, to an extent, computers in general) at this point, because your post somewhat baffles me, and it might just be my experience being utterly atypical.
The first Mac (and first computer, probably) that I ever used was an Apple ][e in my first grade classroom. To give some weight to this, my elementary school had (and still had until it was torn down) three Apple ][ of various make in every classroom up to and including three decades past their introduction on the market.
Was my school corporation being stingy? Quite possibly. Was it worth it to still have these Apple ][ in the classrooms anyway? Absolutely.
First, they still worked. Incredibly well. And do to this day (more on that later). Second, if you're five/six years old and having your first experience with a computer, it doesn't get much easer than an Apple ][. I'll teach MY children, should I have them, how to use a computer through the Apple ][.
Understand the keyboard and its relationship with what happens on the screen. Then you can learn how to use a mouse and, from there, multitouch and whatever else they come up with in the future.
Anyway, first grade. I fell in love with it. I thought computers were so dang cool. And with my grandmother being a teacher in the same building, I would go to her room after school was out and get to play with them even more.
It got to the point (through her word of mouth, mainly) where when any teacher had a problem with one of their computers, they'd phone up my first grade teacher and ask if I could come down to fix it instead of whoever the building tech was.
And I'd fix it.
Now, I wasn't cracking open any CRTs or reseating any expansion cards in first grade, that's for sure, but if it was a software problem or a simple hardware one, I could generally do it.
From there, it just grew. At home, we got an LC 575 and I started learning how to use that and absorbing knowledge through the wonders of educational CD-based (gasp, the first LC model with a CD drive!) software on it (easily acquired since my mom's also a teacher).
Some time passes.
Now I'm the person to whom others turn when stuff breaks. Hardware or software. I'm still terrified of opening a CRT, but luckily that doesn't really happen anymore, anyway. Anything else you want done to your machine or need done to it because of a problem or personal choice, I'll do it, because I can do it.
And I don't really think I'm that good with stuff. Time and again, computers just fix themselves when I show up, and I'll have no idea what I've done. Technology just fixes itself around me. It's more confusing than anything else.
So by now you're shouting a Monty Pythonesque "GET ON WITH IT!" Fine. Here's my point:
In all of the computers I have ever owned…
- Seven Apple ][ currently residing in my basement that I saved from destruction when my elementary school was torn down.
- That LC 575, also in my basement.
- A bondi blue iMac from my mom's school.
- An iMac DV that we used at home for seven years.
- A G3 iBook I bought used, years after release, to have my own laptop.
- A Penryn pre-unibody MacBook Pro, now running Lion and serving as power on the go.
- And my Gainestown Mac Pro that I use as my primary machine.
… and all the mobile devices I've ever owned…
- An eMate 300 (remember those? Don't sell them short).
- A first-gen iPod shuffle (from some guy at my school. He thought it was broken, so he gave it to me. It wasn't.
- A first-gen iPod nano (free when my family bought a Core 2 iMac to replace the iMac DV).
- A second-gen iPod shuffle (birthday).
- A 4GB iPhone (won it).
- An iPod touch (finagled it free when someone else I know bought an iMac).
- And a first-gen iPad.
None. Not a one. Has ever experienced any of the problems I read about so often. Not even that MacBook Pro, with its wretched 8600M card, has succumbed to the chip failure.I've never had a hardware problem that affected swaths of users. And I've never even had incidental problems like dead pixels, hinge breaks, light leak, or paint chips/plastic cracks.
I've never been in a fringe group where software broke something. And I've never run into existing software that an update broke (save for the Lion Rosetta thing, but at that point I only had AppleWorks left that needed it and nothing else I had broke because of 10.7.0).So my question to you is:
Am I just the single luckiest Mac user to have ever lived or is iOS 5 really the 'worst version of iOS'?
I'm honestly asking that. I can't possibly speak from anyone's experience but my own, nor can anyone else speak on anything more than their own experience. And in my experience, iOS 5 has worked beautifully on my iPad, just like every prior software update to any of my iDevices since iPhone OS 1.0 on my original.
I tend to believe the adage, "Forums are packed with people having problems, not with people posting the A-OK," but if that's wrong, I'd love to know so that I can change my mindset.