Apple's iOS policy

What Version of iOS would you install?

  • iOS 5: I'm feeling really retro!

    Votes: 2 3.1%
  • iOS 6: I love the Fisher Price Look!

    Votes: 16 24.6%
  • iOS 7: I'm not a fan of iOS 8 to be honest

    Votes: 3 4.6%
  • iOS 8: Why the heck would I go backwards and lose features and security patches?

    Votes: 44 67.7%

  • Total voters
    65

Armen

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If Apple allowed users to install whatever version of iOS they wanted on their device but would offer no support and not force developers to support an older version if there were any issues (outside of critical issues) which version would you install on your current device?
 

nooaah

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Ios 7.1 if I had to choose between that or 8.1.3 but I'm pretty happy with 8.3. Ecstatic when new builds come to improve battery life.
 

C DM

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I remember all kinds of comments attributing the "Fisher Price Look" to the new/current iOS 7 and above design (vs. the older iOS 6 and below).
 

Zxxv

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8 is fine for me now but I do like the old steve jobs designed iOS look
 

C DM

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8 is fine for me now but I do like the old steve jobs designed iOS look
Given when iOS 7+ look must have already been in the works if not even further than that, it's likely Steve Jobs had a hand in that design as well.
 

Armen

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I remember all kinds of comments attributing the "Fisher Price Look" to the new/current iOS 7 and above design (vs. the older iOS 6 and below).
Although iOS 6 looked better than Android at the time the color palettes and icons to me made it seem like Fisher Price designed it.
 
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s2mikey

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Even though I sometimes moan and groan about change I DO like the latest and greatest iOS version which is 8.1.3. :D
 

Paddle1

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Given when iOS 7+ look must have already been in the works if not even further than that, it's likely Steve Jobs had a hand in that design as well.
I don't think that's true, Jony Ive said they had to redesign the OS in under a year.
 

Armen

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Even though I sometimes moan and groan about change I DO like the latest and greatest iOS version which is 8.1.3. :D
This is how I feel as well. Every time I'd see a "I want iOS 6 back!" thread I'd scratch my head and think "why would you go back to less features and security?".

It never made sense to me. The poll results thus far validate that I'm not the only one who wouldn't go back.
 

C DM

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This is how I feel as well. Every time I'd see a "I want iOS 6 back!" thread I'd scratch my head and think "why would you go back to less features and security?".

It never made sense to me. The poll results thus far validate that I'm not the only one who wouldn't go back.
Well, for many people the features they had were just fine and they dont necesasrily need more. As for security, while a valid point in the overall sense, given that nothing has really been exploited in the real world one can see why that might not be of that much concern to someone. When comparing all of that to someone having issues with their device with the new version compared to everything being just fine in the older one, the trade off doesn't seem like a trade off really.
 

I7guy

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Well, for many people the features they had were just fine and they dont necesasrily need more. As for security, while a valid point in the overall sense, given that nothing has really been exploited in the real world one can see why that might not be of that much concern to someone. When comparing all of that to someone having issues with their device with the new version compared to everything being just fine in the older one, the trade off doesn't seem like a trade off really.
Except there is the issue of support for older protocols and app versions that I'm sure Apple wants to be done with rather than encourage.

As I said Apple has to have a good reason for this policy.
 

C DM

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Except there is the issue of support for older protocols and app versions that I'm sure Apple wants to be done with rather than encourage.

As I said Apple has to have a good reason for this policy.
Just as there are good and perhaps better reasons (especially for consumers and in particular for those with various issues) to not have it.
 

Rhonindk

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The fit and finish of 6 was very good. Took a bit, but Apple got it.
The new look for iOS7 was strictly a JI "want what I want" that was never finished.
Then we come to iOS8 .... looks like 7. Too bad Apple broke it and has yet to fix it. Bet it's still busted when we see iOS9.

Voted for 6. I've lost a lot of faith in Apple with the last two OS designs.
I'll take the 6 look with the 8 security.
Yeah, I'm dreaming.
 
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I7guy

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Just as there are good and perhaps better reasons (especially for consumers and in particular for those with various issues) to not have it.
I'm not sure Apple is convinced there are long term benefits for consumers. Just because someone wants to do it, doesn't mean it's necessarily in their best interest.
 

C DM

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I'm not sure Apple is convinced there are long term benefits for consumers. Just because someone wants to do it, doesn't mean it's necessarily in their best interest.
I think someone can decide that somewhat better for themselves over a company that has their own interests first.
 

Photography

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I would love to revert back to the iOS 6 look and feel with the security patches that iOS 8 introduced.
 

C DM

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That's when you the consumer vote with your dollars.

Im thinking there is more to this than meets the eye that us mere mortals are not privy to.
It's possible. Although it's just as possible (if not even more likely) that the simpler explanation of Apple just wanting to keep it simpler for themselves is mainly what's at play here--again, certainly good for them, but perhaps not as much for various consumers.

As for voting with dollars, well, that doesn't really work when issues that are involved are of the variety that the typical iOS user would really care about, even if they are being affected and would benefit from a change.
 

bandofbrothers

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I personally have no issue with iOS 8 and was fortunate not to be affected with the well publicised bugs in the early updates.

For everything else I have tweaks. ;)