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My "upgrade" to iOS 6 has left me an unhappy customer. Some things don't work and some things work badly, Nothing about it is meaningfully better for me. I hate the soap opera aspects of industry coverage but, like a lot of people, I have to wonder if Steve Jobs would have let a product in this state out the door. Apple CEO Tim Cook's effort to "[double] down on product secrecy" seems more about avoiding product testing than preventing press leaks. Busted WIFI

The most famous part of this is the poor quality of the new Maps app. The Wall Street Journal this morning says "Apple Inc.'s move to replace Google Inc.'s mapping software with its own on its mobile devices sparked a world-wide consumer backlash, marking a rare strategic blunder by a company more accustomed to rave reviews from users." It's not just me. The biggest problem for me remains my inability to access my WiFi network. As usual, the community at discussions.apple.com is confused and unhelpful. I'm a professional tester and I'm very good at finding bugs, but it's been way too easy with iOS 6. Reminder Fail

One of the first problems I noticed on the Home screen was the Reminders app, the icon for which is nearby. I presume the "1" on the icon is supposed to indicate that there is 1 reminder in there, but I've opened it many times and can't find anything. I've added and deleted reminders. The "1" won't go away. Then there's the App Store. There are some design changes in it that I do like: When you start downloading and installing an app update, instead of throwing you back out to the home screen to find the apps that are updating, it keeps you on the Updates page and shows the status of each app. You can even see "What's New" in the update.

App Fail

It would be better if the updates worked properly. Nearby you can see what happened to icon for the MLB.com app, the update for which never quite finished. Several times I've seen apps get stuck at the "Downloading" phase for a really long time. It's not clear if it's broken or just really slow. Right now the whole service is painfully slow; it's fair to expect it be heavily taxed at the moment because so many apps are being updated for the new OS, but it's Apple's responsibility to keep the system functional even under heavy load. I'm not especially sympathetic.

The same speed problem affecting the App store goes for the Maps service. Of course a lot of people are playing with Maps right now, but they should be able to. Using Maps Thursday night I spend long times with gaps in the satellite photo drawing. And the program is sucking battery at an alarming rate. Map Fail 2

The web is filling with examples of data and image errors on the Maps, many of the "Dali-esque." Consider the Eiffel Tower below. But my favorite is the nearby image of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. There's a park behind it, but Apple's Maps show an icon for a bar there. That specific bar is a couple of blocks away. In my slide show yesterday I pointed out a problem with a gas station in my town being mislocated; it turns out that gas stations are a general problem for the Maps. Search Twitter for "Apple Maps gas station" for some funny stuff (like "Not even Chuck Norris can find a gas station with iOS 6 Maps").

I've tried to get a sense, after 1 day, of whether battery consumption is any better or worse than the "heavy" rating I would give the iPhone 4S on iOS 5.1. After 1 day I'd say it's certainly no better. Playing with iOS Maps I found myself drawing battery power down precipitously, but maybe it was like that on iOS 5. It's also worth noting that my battery is almost a year old and, as I understand it, iPhone batteries start dying off in 12-16 months. Unlike on my MacBook, there is no way to check the number of power cycles on an iPhone battery without jailbreaking and I'm not going to do that. There is a lot in iOS 6 I haven't even looked at, but much of that (like Stocks and Newsstand) are apps I never bothered with in previous versions. So I can't comment on them. I also haven't seriously looked at Passbook yet, but since I use a lot of different devices I'd be inclined, for my personal use, to use something less proprietary, so that my data in it would be accessible on non-Apple devices.

It's too late for me, but I'm satisfied that the product isn't ready. You all should hold off applying the update for now. I know my own iPad won't be getting it until I know how to get around the Wi-Fi problem. Map Fail

asked Sep 21 '12 at 10:30

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edited Sep 21 '12 at 10:38

I updated my friend's iPhone via the computer, and it goofed up. It didn't activate my friend's phone for some reason. He's on AT&T with that 4S. I called AT&T, he called them, we did DFU installs, regular installs, no luck. AT&T doesn't know anything about this. They said that if it keeps happening by today, they'll replace his phone. Lets see.

answered Sep 21 '12 at 15:53

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DJ Scooby Doo

I dont have an I phone but I am starting to feel some minor discofort everytime I read IOS 6 and Iphone 5 already ..

answered Sep 21 '12 at 18:55

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Huh, while I still had my iPhone (Tragically dropped it yesterday, waiting on the replacement since it was covered) I was really enjoying iOS 6. I had only one issue. The wifi was having issues but that was something with Apple and their servers. After a while I got on my wifi network, got my apps updated, etc. It was working nicely. I really miss it now. I keep thinking I am going to pull it out to do something but then realize, "OH WAIT! I DON'T HAVE IT!" So yeah, I'll see if my opinion changes when I get my replacement iPhone and get it up and running.

answered Sep 21 '12 at 19:33

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I have an iPod Touch 4th gen. and It has been ok since I updated the iOS on it. Even though the apps that I have on it keep updating almost non stop. Was thinking about getting an iPhone and testing it out since I like my iPod Touch.

answered Nov 17 '12 at 02:29

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Wifi just fails sometimes to connect

answered Nov 18 '12 at 13:57

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