I have had an iPhone since the 3G. I love the device. Apple has made it easy to stay with them and they create great continuity in their upgrade stream. They have excellent functionality and peace of mind with iCloud backups. A recent experience made me realize just how dependent I am on the way that Apple rolls things out.
The first thing I noticed was it took an inordinately long time to load and install, atypical. So long that I began to congratulate myself on the current backup I had made. Finally it installed, but it looked like it was going through a lot of standard setup options that most updates don’t do. The load process did several annoying things like attempt to use my iTunes credit card to drop into Apple Wallet (I had to read it twice and decline because it made it seem like it was just for iTunes, no thank you Apple). The update automatically tried to turn on location services (which I had carefully configured to my liking prior), turned on time zone settings for my calendar and added some new icons automatically rearranging my home screen. Nothing dramatic, just a little intrusive and again with no real explanation as to what it was doing (anybody remember the “free” U2 songs you couldn’t delete from the last release?). But the update took off and finally my phone was back.
Lessons for Release Management
“But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man wh