How likely is it that you would recommend iOS 8.x to a friend or colleague?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by grahamperrin, Nov 4, 2014.


How likely is it that you would recommend iOS 8.x to a friend or colleague?

  1. 10 – extremely likely

  2. 9

  3. 8

  4. 7

  5. 6

  6. 5

  7. 4

  8. 3

  9. 2

  10. 1

  11. 0 – not likely at all

  1. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    An intentionally simple poll. Please:
    1. first click the button that matches your feeling
    2. then, only if you wish to know a little more about the Net Promoter Score® – or why there's an eleven point scale (instead of yes/no) – follow either of the links below
    – thank you.

    Please respond with a focus on one thing alone: the likelihood of you recommending iOS 8.x (at the time of writing, 8.1).

    (Not whether you would recommend it based on any particular aspect or feature; not whether you would recommend it only if jailbroken; and so on. Simply the likelihood of you making the recommendation.)

    Simple, quick. If you have thoughts on the pros and cons of iPhone and iPad hardware, please don't let those thoughts bias your response to this poll. Just the software – Apple's current release of iOS – and the likelihood of you actively recommending it.

    Thank you.


  2. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Already have contributed on 3 of them moving to iOS 8.1
  3. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    Already have encouraged others to update to 8.x from prior versions. So far, neither me or my friends have had any complaints or regrets with regards to 8.x
  4. jowie macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2004
    London ish
    Not sure why you need to recommend a free OS upgrade.
  5. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Already have, why would you not recommend it? I guess people have all sorts of reasons.
  6. merrickdrfc macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2011
    Device dependent - 4s no, but everything else I'd say go for it
  7. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Their device, their choice. I won't be recommending a thing.
  8. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I get that people have had problems with it but the latest iOS seems to run fine on our devices which include an iPad Air, an iPad 4, an iPad 2 and an iPhone 5c.

    Sure, there are little niggly things here and there but it's stable and works well on our devices. The features keep coming too which is always good.

    I recommend it to pretty much everyone.
  9. grahamperrin, Nov 5, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2014

    grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    Keeping it simple: maybe, think 'sixty seconds or less'

    Good point. That's one of a number of things that I considered before offering the poll, I chose to not mention those things – to keep the opening post short and sweet. With an emphasis on the simplicity of this poll, I think maybe … treat the question as if it is asked in the street, or anywhere where you might be a passer-by. You'll either:
    • have no inclination to stop and answer; or
    • stop for no longer than sixty seconds – to tick the one box (and maybe leave an e-mail address, if you're keen to be contacted about a future survey), but not to engage in conversation with the person surveying.
    Maybe another way to approach the poll: if a friend or colleague, one who does not have iOS 8, glanced at you using iOS 8 on an iPad or iPhone – and if that person casually remarked "Oh, that (on screen) looks interesting (or 'nice' or whatever)… ", then would you take the time to continue the conversation and make iOS 8 part of the conversation – in this example, how likely is it that you would recommend iOS 8.x to that person?

    I hope that helps. I'm trying to not bias any voting behaviour.

    The first link in the opening post leads to a brief 2009 article that may help to put this single-question poll in context. The article may help to understand why this particular poll doesn't seek reasons for the likelihood.

    I encourage people to simply vote first – as if you have have sixty seconds or less to spare – avoid reading either of the 2009 articles before voting.

    Learning about this type of poll, before voting, may unintentionally lead to bias. If possible, I'd like to avoid bias. So for example, don't vote angrily because someone has stopped you in the street ;-)

    Understood. In cases such as that, I guess that it's appropriate to click '0':

    0 – not likely at all (to recommend iOS 8.x to a friend or colleague)​

    All readers, please note: that is not an encouragement to click '0' (zero) without thinking. I'm just drawing attention to the wording, the simplicity of this particular poll. The simplicity is intentional …
  10. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
  11. grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007

    A hint

    After your vote, click the number to the right of your choice; you'll see your own name alongside the names of others who shared your feeling.

    Yeah, the name is in the expected place …
  12. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I think iOS 8 is the weakest mobile is right now. It has the best app support, and the best potential ability to be better in the form of guaranteed updates to iOS 9 ( on supported hardware), but as an OS, its gimped by the appification of everything.
  13. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I show no fanboyism on this forum! Maybe a little...
  14. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    After Windows 8 and Apple's move to low capacity SSD then I dont recommend things to my friends anymore because, to the average user, sometimes the things that are supposed to make things easier actually cause disruptions.

    Users nowadays are savvy enough to know what they want so I get no pleasure in trying to "improve" someones existing workflow. I'm always available to answer questions but if they're happy with their Netbook or iPhone 4S or iOS7 then why try to shove a MBA, 6+ or iOS8 in their face?
  15. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    I voted 8. I would tell them it has a few cool new features and that they should check it out, but I wouldn't tell them they need to update.

    Also, it depends on the device they have. Although I hear that 8.1.1 improves performance on A5 devices.
  16. grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    Choosing to never make recommendations: probably 0 ('not likely at all')

    If the same is true for the likelihood of you recommending iOS 8.1 to a colleague, then (if you choose to vote) I assume that it'll be zero (0) for 'not likely at all'.
  17. wolfboy macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
    Depends on the device they own

    iPhone 5/iPad 4 or higher: Yes
    Anything below those, No.
  18. grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    My guesses about the meaning of 0 (zero) may have been wrong

    I just read something that made me wonder whether those two guesses were wrong. I have sought advice in private …
  19. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006

    iPhone 5, 5S yeah. iPad Mini 1 or 2, No. iPad 4 and Air... mayyybe but not "definitely". There's obvious lagging even on newer devices due to iOS 8 being buggy, not hardware's fault (case in point I saw this same type of lag on the Air 2, no joke! I'm talking about the icons "falling" into place as you boot and go the home screen for the first time after booting... tried in Apple store). Any iPod touches except the current gen, no.
  20. grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    Discussion, and a post-vote query

    Recent news

    Apple Sending Emails Encouraging Customers to Upgrade to iOS 8

    – three pages of comments there already. I encourage general discussion of pros and cons under that article.

    This poll

    There are eleven points, not ten, in the scale. The odd number is significant, so please don't think of the following question as needless nitpicking.

    I'm curious: was your vote truly a 40% likelihood of you recommending iOS 8.1? Or did you think of the poll as an invitation to rate the quality (stability and so on) of iOS 8.1?
  21. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I've recommended it (successfully) to one person, as an upgrade from Android 2.3.
  22. Zendokan macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2011
    I've installed it myself and recommended it to others on the condition that their iDevice has an A6 processor or younger.

    I'm not recommending it for the iPad 2, iPhone 4S or iPod Touch 5 since they all have the A5 processor. Best is to keep them on 6.1.2 (YMMV).
  23. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    I've recommensed it to about 20 people including some considering android, now went with iphone 6.
  24. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    If Critical Data is on said device

    If you have an iPad4, iMini Retina, i5 or newer I recommend IF you use your device for critical or confidential data.
    The security aspects of 8 should be leveraged if possible.

    Other than that, it's a personal decision.
  25. NoHo macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2011
    I voted 4.

    It's really pretty and there are a lot of neat features. it feels very current.

    But I've been plagued with connection issues on my iPhone 5S that weren't there before. All connections are just so slow. Safari gives the little blue progress bar at the top below the address bar for about 1/4th then just stays there for 5-10 seconds before finally loading a page. A lot of apps can't catch a connection.

    That's my main issue with it. WiFi is super slow. I also don't like how they took away the buffer bar when watching videos because it makes it impossible to know how much you have loaded and can skip forward.

    Widgets are pretty neat but the connection is usually down so it doesn't load them.

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