Why not stagger the release???

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by anim8or, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. anim8or macrumors 65816

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    Why not stagger the release of 3.0 to ease congestion on Apple's servers and guarantee a reasonably smooth transition for Apple's customers?

    Releasing it at the same time, simultaneously, worldwide is stupid, utterly moronic!

    Agree or disagree?
     
  2. sammich macrumors 601

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    Totally agree.

    They should let all the little low load countries like Australia go first too.
     
  3. ineedamac macrumors 6502

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    Agree. Should be something simple like 9:00 am local time you get access.
     
  4. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    why the stores and download sites for different countries are served on different servers. Just like safari.
    If te US was not given first priority I am sure many here would be whining up a storm
     
  5. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    Even if they did, the moment the link got out everyone would be downloading it anyway. I think the servers will be able to handle the load because some 2G users that are going to 3GS are likely to not bother with it.
     
  6. rushmere macrumors 6502

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    I guess it just makes it more dramatic this way :)
     
  7. anim8or thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I disagree.... why would people not bother...?

    Even if i was upgrading in a couple of days i would still wanna play with the new features just for the hell of it....

    ...of course thats just me but i would be surprised if many people didnt aggre with me on this point too....!?
     
  8. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    I agree a staggered release would be better but people would be whining about not being a part of the first group to download it and like someone mentioned above, the download link would get out and kill the plan.

    Let's hope the servers are OK and it all works out.
     
  9. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    I say this because my wife is getting a 3GS on friday and told me not to fool with updating her 2G. Of course, I'll be updating my 3G so my own theory doesn't work with me. But I have seen a few posts of people with 2G's not downloading the 3.0 software.
     
  10. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    You're right on this. I just saw a post where someone is selling their 3G iPhone because they're getting the new one and the buyer asked for it to remain at 2.2.1 but the seller wants to update it to 3.0. I'm sure it's not because of the goodness of his heart (the buyer made a specific request after all) but because he wants to play with it before he gets his 3G S.
     
  11. anim8or thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Fair point then....

    Surely though you should try and twist ur better half's arm into letting you take the 3GS and hand her down the 3G... LOL :D
     
  12. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    Well, my wife knows the code to the gun safe. ;)
     
  13. Ksg89 macrumors member

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    Or this time they have paid for a third party CDN to carry the files globally :)
     
  14. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Disagree.

    It's already staggered in the sense that last year, Apple made the 2.0 software update available on the same day that the iPhone 3G launched. So by making the 3.0 software available BEFORE the iPhone launch this year, they are staggering.

    Timezones cause some staggering anyway. IMO, the majority of Apple iPhone customers in the more eastern time zones are not going to stay up until the early morning hours waiting for it to become available. They'll wait until the following morning.

    IMO, it's only a small percentage of the overall iPhone owner community that's "dying" to immediately get this software update. I think the vast majority is going to be made aware of this update when their iTunes notifies them, and by default, iTunes only checks once every seven days. So there's even more staggering built in for you. :)
     
  15. anim8or thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Where your point is reasonably valid I still do not think that the stagger u talk of is the appropriate amount of preparation for this update.

    I would hope that the servers for activating new iphones on friday are different from the ones that update the firmware... but i can only hope!

    After the fiasco of last year with everything acting as if Y2K was happening i would hope that all parties concerned have learned their lesson and have appropriately planned ahead for such sever hit on the servers....?
     
  16. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    I think they did learn their lesson...in a way. Last year, 3G, 2.0, and MobileMe all released on the same day. This year, they are releasing 3.0 two days earlier than 3GS and the major MobileMe changes have already taken place.

    Also, by allowing people to have the phones shipped to their house, they are spreading the load out throughout the day on friday.
     
  17. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

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    I was just going to complain about this very thing myself. It seems we are on Cupertino time based on whenever that guy that pushes the button shows up to work at the office. You would think that it would certainly ease the server load if it were made available at like 9am EST. Excuse me foreign countries but this is just for demonstration sake. So PST still hasn't woken and the ease would be so much better rather than waiting on Cupertino time.
     
  18. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Um, yeah. AT&T run the activation servers (go figure), and Apple takes care of the servers for distributing the update.

    Of all of the update issues mentioned last year, "the update is downloading too slow" wasn't one that I remember.

    You talk like Apple uses one server instead of a content delivery network spread across the globe. :eek:

    http://www.appleinsider.com/article..._to_fortify_booming_digital_download_biz.html
     
  19. FrogTastic macrumors regular

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    Just building up the hype. Next we will be waiting for the patched version, as the first version will be quite unstable.
     
  20. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    Why staggering wouldn't work.

    Staggering wouldn't work, it would actually make things worse! Have you seen all the threads about the June 18th release on the Singapore Apple site? What does that tell you? That everyone has access to the different countries Apple sites.

    Therefore, once the first "staggered" location went live (Russia I believe), everyone would be on the Russian Apple site overloading those servers.

    The best way is to release it simultaneously, globally, that way everyone can download from their own countries servers.
     
  21. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    I think there's a huge diference between last time there was a major release (2.0) and this time. Last time, Apple was doing three things at once:

    1. Releasing 2.0
    2. Accommodating millions of activation requests for the iPhone 3G
    3. Launching MobileMe

    The combination of these three things is what made last year's situation so catastrophic. This year, there's a lot going in Apple's favor. For one: they are staggering the official release of the iPhone 3G S two days out from the release of 3.0 to existing iPhones. Second, the new features on MobileMe are already running on their servers, so there's no major hiccup likely there. And third, I would expect Apple has managed to add significant server and bandwidth capacity since a year ago.

    I'm not in any particular rush to get 3.0. If things crash and I don't get it today, oh well. I'll have it on Friday when my 3G S arrives.
     
  22. Oman macrumors regular

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    If the update was staggered, there would be proxy servers up in a matter of seconds that would allow people to download from different time zones. :apple:
     
  23. daveishere macrumors 6502a

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  24. calvy macrumors 65816

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    Not to nitpick, but that's not proxying, that's called mirroring the files.

    Last year they released 2.0 and the iPhone 3g all at the same time and had server issues if i recall correctly. This year they are releasing 3.0 2 days prior to the phone launch. So, they are staggering, in a way.
     
  25. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

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    I'm not bothering to update because I'm getting the 3G S on Friday, and I ahve this one up on eBay as unlocked.
     

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