Humor: The issues behind slow iOS 8 adoption rate

Humor: The issues behind slow iOS 8 adoption rate
Apple typically enjoys a rapid adoption rate when it comes to updates for iOS. We have grown accustomed to the smooth operation of iOS, and because of Apple’s control over how and when updates are pushed, we have grown equally accustomed to a near uniform experience with timely updates.

iOS 8, however, only lived up to part of that ideal. Yes, the update was pushed out in typical and uniform Apple fashion, but the rate of acceptance by end users has been anything but smooth.

Among a myriad of functional problems that were identified for those that updated, one of the outlying issues with iOS 8 was just the sheer size of the file, the time investment needed to handle the update, and the space required on the device if you performed the update over the air. It’s a fat update for sure.

Those with any sizable amount of content on a 16GB iPhone had to do a lot of housecleaning to accommodate the nearly 6GB of necessary free space to do an OTA update. Otherwise, they had to go for the old plug-a-cable-into-the-phone-and-start-up-iTunes method.

While things started as a rapid upgrade trend for users in the first few days, iOS 8 has seen its acceptance basically plateau while people wait for a true and official “all clear,” and also allow for enough time to manage storage if needed and actually perform the update, a process that for some took several hours.

source: The Joy of Tech



1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Apple is going to do anything to force people to update...

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

And people will do everything they can to resist until Apple fixes W̶i̶n̶d̶o̶w̶s̶ iOS 8.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Both of you make absolutely no sense

10. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Apple doesn't let you ''revert'' to your previous OS.......Of course @fzacek's statement makes a lotta sense. Apple's tactics is all but to

19. AlikMalix unregistered

So, I still stand on "no sense". Apple does not force new updates - you dont have to if you dont want to, and resisting to update isn't difficult - just dont... (there's not pop-ups consistently bugging you to update, all the apps that work with iOS8 will work with iOS7 and 99% work with iOS6, and your phone will not be hindered if you dont update to new iOS)... fzaceks statement is completely different from yours GreekGeek, what you said is true, what he said is NOT...

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

But it will be downloaded and take 1.x GB of your device's storage. If you install it or not. Doesn't mean they force you to update though and you can revert back to iOS 7.x using iTunes with a workaround. But not all apps work, especially apps concerning healt & home kit.

25. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

My son's iPad has a notification every time I look at it telling me there is an update to be installed. It then fails every time because there isn't enough space. So I will disagree with your comment about "there's not pop-ups, I'll take a screen shot if you'd like since it happens daily. Apple does try to force it whether you want to admit it or not. Even my Mom with her 4S asks me why she kept getting the notifications and she doesn't want it as there is nothing new she wants and it's not worth the headache when/if iOS 8 slows down or jacks up her phone. I still wonder how the 8GB phones would ever have enough space to do an OTA without wiping all data first.

5. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

Apple downloaded the new update to my iphone and it told me I had no room left for anything else. I was so mad I just deleted it.

4. dimas

Posts: 3359; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Apple defenders in 3.. 2..

7. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Not this time because its true. Its big but i still updated, it might took 2 long but i did it anyways.

6. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

it made my moms ipad air laggy.....

8. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Not mine but there were couple bugs but ill get faster the more u use it.

11. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

naahhh still laggy :P just only when opening and running apps

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

iOs 8 is a trap, specially for iPhone 4s users. I know a relative who was so pissed after she upgraded her 4s to iOS 8. Once your phone is botched, you'll be forced to upgrade.

12. Cicero

Posts: 1123; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Or to move on another system.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

I dont know guys, iOS 8 is great on my iPad 3, iPhone5 and iPhone5s - (even my wife's iPhone5 iOS 8.0.1 has no issues - calls and internet working great, I'm not updating to see if she starts experiencing problems that were on the news about no cellular connection) I'm not too happy about some features not working yet, like AutoBackup of photos taken to iCloud Drive (still in beta) and Healthkit just got the green light (not right away), but I guess I rather have it work good than rush it. My take on Adoption rate is this: Nearly 50% only couple weeks in is pretty fast!!! But the slowdown is just people who dont care for the new features and are contempt with iOS7 (half of features are reworked android ideas - and those that wanted them - got them), most iOS users are happy with what they have I guess. The whole bigger screen iPhones and Widgets and etc was probably to win those that switched to Android for bigger screen, widgets, keyboards, and etc. From all the iOS users that I see, no one has downloaded another keyboard or set up widgets on their iphones. Some bought a bigger screen iPhone - but that was natural as their contract was done and they sold their old one, made money, bought a new iPhone and kept the rest... But yes, it needed 5+ gigs of space to update to ios8 - that's HUGE!!! I removed some biggest games - updated to iOS 8, and put them back. What people dont understand is that the 5GB were installation files - not the space it will take on your phone after update is complete - and games are the easiest to remove and install back because all the 'save data' is backed up automatically and comes back as soon as you install the game back.

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

No iOS8 without jailbreak. I hope they'll crack it soon

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iOS 7 jb worked like iOS 8 is doing now: good but with some crashes. So I will probably never jb my iPhone again.

16. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Apple is heavily using its dirty cheap tricks to make existing users upgrade, slowing phones intentionally is so pathetic.

17. plary122

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

ahahahahahhahaHhHhhahahahhHaaahahahahahAHAHAHHAhhh​ah its so funny .... when you see that ios8s market share is much bigger then kitkats

18. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

IOS 8 = Android 2.3 Gingerbread

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011


23. Ziggy

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

So iOS8 is the best, most stable, bugless, version of all iOS!? *updates*

22. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

It's not the size of the update but it's all the bugs and the slowness it's causing with older devices. If a OS is fast, bug free and worked correctly with each app I don't see people not wanting to upgrade.

24. Ziggy

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

To those experiencing problems after upgrading to iOS8: Be dirty, get hooked to a pc with itunes and restore. You can all thank me later.

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