I don't want a new O/S for my iPad

Discussion in 'iPad OS' started by Expatriate, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. Expatriate

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    That's it. I don't want a new O/S for my iPad! I am quite happy with the one I have. 2018 and I might think about an upgrade but I don't need one now and I don't want one now! Furthermore, I don't see why Apple should be trying to force it on me.

    Truth is, they do this too often for it to be necessary. Every couple of weeks they want to take over my iPad for half an hour and use 1.5 GB of my monthly data allowance to do something which never makes any apparent change. If someone else was paying for my data I would just let it go, but no one else is, I AM!

    How do I get rid of this persistent prompt to upgrade?
     
  2. J. A.

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    That's not possible. The only way to get rid of it, would be disabling Wi-Fi, which means you can't use Safari, iMessages, iCloud,... just as an example.
     
  3. scifan57

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    Do you have a monthly data allowance on WiFi? iOS updates are only done over WiFi and can't use your cellular data allowance.
     
  4. twerppoet

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    Keep in mind that most of the minor updates contain security patches. Even if you don't care about the features, falling too far behind securithy in this day and age is risky. Not a huge gamble for you, as an individual, but a big enough overall risk that Apple is unwilling to be held accountable for 'not' making timely updates, or being accused of being a security risk because users don't bother to update (like lots of Android users and phone manufactures).

    That's only one reason, of course, but it's a solid one that is hard to argue with.

    If you've got a local library or other free (and reasonable fast) wi-fi hot spot, the minor patches rarely take more than 30 minutes. You can test a wi-fi hotspot's speed with Ookla's SpeedTest app.
     
  5. Expatriate

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    Hi twerppoet

    Minor updates for security purposes - that would be very hard to argue with. Downloading the entire operating system once a fortnight, however, ... that has to be overkill! Why can't Apple offer optional upgrades of security patches? It is, after all, only good manners!
     
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    You don't download the entire operating system for each update. Only the big yearly updates typically require a full download. Even then they are rarely 100% replacements. The downloads tend to be smaller if you use the OTA (Over The Air) updates instead of the iTunes and computer method.

    The entire iOS operating system is over 3.5 GB (last time I checked).

    The iOS 10.2 update ranged from 80 to 400 MB, depending on the device. I expect the newest iPads and iPhones are at the top end of that; the older ones less because they get fewer of the features. This was a average sort of update, size wise anyway.

    Note: Since update files are compressed, you probably won't ever see a 3.5GB update download. At least not until iOS starts weighing in over 10GB. Something that 'probably' won't happen for several years, and won't matter much since both internet speed and storage will have also increased. (and hopefully data prices will have gone down).
     
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    OK - with all of your rants and bolded type (analogous to screaming like all UPPER CASE), are you a troll here just to be annoying? This forum has nothing to do w/ Apple, so your complaints are not being registered by them - we are users and not employees - I hope that you already knew that?

    Also, a 'fortnight' is just 2 weeks - I've been on iPads since 2011 and don't remember having to do upgrades/updates at that frequency, an over exaggeration in my mind to say the least. NOW, I may be completely wrong about your intentions, but your attitude is rather irritating - you've received some excellent responses from several of our best members and continue to 'bitch' - I suggest that you sell your iDevice and look for a different company - Dave :)
     
  8. Expatriate

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    Sorry to disturb your cloistered existence, Dave, but I have never considered emphasis to be ranting or screaming. Furthermore, I would be highly surprised if Apple do not keep a benevolent eye on this forum for the purpose of seeing what people say about them.

    Finally, it is an old mechanical maxim that you don't fix things that work! I am happy with my iPad and its O/S. I am happy with the software I have and use. I see no need for frequent updates. If there is something I find annoying it is software companies forever updating their products so that when you start their software you have to learn how to use it again. Skype for iPad is a classic at that one. It doesn't work any better now than it did when I got it years ago, and I don't know how many changes they have made to the interface.

    I hope the person from Apple who is reading this puts forward the suggestion that updates are made optional.
     
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    iOS updates have always been optional. You don't have to update and Apple is not going to update your iPad without your permission. The most that will happen is that the update will download but it can be deleted without installing it. You will have to live with that annoying update button on the settings app, though.

    While I agree that you don't fix things that aren't broken you do innovate and improve.

    The main reason that all updates are offered to everybody is that Apple wants to avoid the problems of Android, with multiple versions in use at one time. Apple would like as many people as possible on the latest version of the operating system. It simplifies things for them as well as the app developers who don't have to write multiple versions of every app they release.

    BTW, Apple does not read these forums so anything you say here will not come to Apple's attention.
     
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    Nowadays, everyone is forcing updates, i remembered, when whatsap's new version arived recently, i was too keen not to update to it, yet i ended up doing it because the notification to upgrade keep popping up whenever i opened my whatsap
     

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