Hans D. Baumeister

Hans D. Baumeister

iOS 8 - How to (potentially) fix a slow device

One of the main issues I had when updating my iPad 3 to iOS 8 was a drastic issue with responsiveness. Especially Safari started to become extremely slow, but also switching between apps would keep me counting seconds between bursts of activity.

Surely, iOS 8 couldn’t be that bad of an operating system? Also, an iPad 3 isn’t the slowest of devices, so what gives?

I started researching the topic and came across a post on Apple’s own support board (i.e. where you write your issues into a “case” and other users respond). Apparently, folks had the same issue when upgrading from iOS 6 to 7 on iPads.

The key when experiencing performance issues right after doing an iOS Upgrade is to reset all settings to default. This includes data like WIFI passwords, etc. This may not sound very logical - we’re talking about various login data here, right? But apparently, there are settings from the previous iOS version that play serious havoc with the new version.

I tried it and - lo and behold: my iPad is, once again, as fluid to use as it was under iOS 7!!! Yeah!

Personally, I don’t think doing OS upgrades is a good idea in general - usually, I re-install the device from scratch when a major release comes around. This involves a lot of re-installation of apps and accounts, which makes the idea of a simple upgrade enticing. However, I’m going to stick to my story: when iOS 9 rolls around, I’ll reinstall, not upgrade.

If your iPad or iPhone is having performance issues, give this a try.
Open the Settings app and go to:

General --> Reset --> Reset All Settings

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iOS 8 - The seeds of doom

Since my move to an Android phone over a year ago, I’ve learned to dislike many of the functionalities of iOS, especially on the tiny screen of an iPhone 4 (the main reason I switched).

While the move from iOS 6 to 7 turned into a real disaster on the iPhone 4, it ran fine on the iPhone 5s I was issued by my employer this month. However, Apple still lagged behind the usability of the Android keyboard by a long shot. Predictive typing without being too pushy is a real boon in productivity on an Android device... the algorithm is language agnostic (at least in switching between English and German), even mixed language content in the same sentence isn’t an issue.

On iOS 7, Apple is still turning words around for you in its typical pushy way (which is the reason I had it turned off), so I was excited to hear about the new predictive keyboard in iOS 8. Sure, I switched over both the 5s and my iPad 2.

The keyboard is still “pushy”... I have yet to figure out how to prevent it from changing a word that I’ve spelled correctly into something completely different. Language agnostic? Nope. Again, iOS lags behind Android in technological prowess. Add Bendgate to that and you have a company that is rolling down Olymp into Hades on greased rollerskates.

Worse than the keyboard disappointment is the performance of my iPad. While this took a serious dip going from iOS 6 to 7, it’s now partially unusable! The TED.com App doesn’t work anymore... you get a black image instead of video (including all the buttons). The browser freezes frequently, not reacting to anything save being closed down. In general, performance is sluggish at best. If an app isn’t slowed down to a crawl, it crashes instead. iOS 6 was a very stable OS, rarely did I have an issue at all. Apps crashing is a daily occurrence now, partially in mid-sentence of writing an email, for example. And yes, I have 8.02 on there with all apps updated.

So where is Apple going? Issues with security,
Bendgate, an iOS release disaster that left many iPhone 6 users in a state of close-to-unusable. If heads don’t start rolling at Apple, then I’m willing to predict the second decline of Apple. Woz, I think it may be your turn!
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