I’m Feeling iOS Growing Pains, How About You?


This post is completely and totally anecdotal but I thought it was worth sharing my experience thus far with iOS 5.1 and see if anyone else is seeing what I am seeing.

I recently upgraded all of my iOS devices to Apple’s new iOS 5.1 operating system. While it isn’t as bad as the initial upgrade to iOS 2.0 (that operating system continually crashed and Apple scrambled to get out an update) this update has some significant issues that are appearing.

First up, as bad as my battery life across all devices seemed to be with iOS 5.0 it appears that iOS 5.1 makes it even worse. I can watch 10% of my battery life dropped in a little over an hour and that’s certainly not what I am used to experiencing on Apple’s mobile devices. Anyone else seeing horrid battery life?

In addition, there are stability issues. I was trying to edit some photographs yesterday and I saw crash after crash. The first edit went fine but the second one continually crashed when I tried to crop the image. The image and editing window came up initially and allowed me to go into the editing mode and begin cropping the image but then… Crash. It would give me a black screen and a spinning circle. Anyone else have devices crashing like never before?

And there is more. My devices seem to lose connectivity for a few seconds and then we connect. Again, this isn’t something I have ever experienced.

All of this adds up to one clear fact – Apple, you’ve got some work to do and hopefully you’ll push out a new update quickly.

Anyone else have similar experiences? Let us know below.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

10 Comments on "I’m Feeling iOS Growing Pains, How About You?"

  1. Nigel F. Holderby | March 10, 2012 at 11:42 am |

    So far, I haven’t noticed such issues on several devices (2 iPads, 2 iPhones). I really haven’t noticed much difference in the horrid battery life, although initially (at 100%/fresh charge) the charge seems to last longer. I’ll have to do some more app testing soon…

  2. I have experienced the photos app crash, it is very frustrating!

  3. My non-wifi data connectivity has been absolutely horrible since I’ve upgraded.  FWIW.

  4. Mine has been a bit unstable. The Wifi issue occurred yesterday and my texts take forever to send. 

  5. Funny – on our two iPads and two 4th gen iPod Touches I have had no issues.  I’m happy … and lucky!

  6. Nope, all is good on my iPhone 4s and iPad 2. Good battery and no crash. 🙂

  7. So what in the world is going on in my world??

    Sent from one iOS or another

  8. I always like to hold off on Apple’s updates (on the Mac and iOS) for a few days to see what the reactions may be, after having been burned before (usually by iTunes upgrades.) However, I just have an iPod Touch 4G, so I’m sure that whatever has changed is probably not that big a deal.

  9. No apparent problems with mine so far.

  10. I updated my first gen iPad and I have not experienced any problems at all. I have not upgraded my iPhone 4s yet but under iOS 5.01 I have experienced lockups of the Camera app. Nothing else though.

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