I’m talking about the major upgrades to OS X and iOS that occur in late summer or early autumn. The big ones. Way back in the day I would wipe my Mac and do a clean install whenever OS X morphed into a new cat version. Sure, it took half a day to get everything back to normal, but using my Mac afterwards gave me that clean, fresh feeling. My father always told me that a clean car would run better, and I simply applied that illogical logic to my Mac upgrade habits.
That annual practice stopped with Mac OS X Lion. When it was launched I had a number of projects backed up on my work timeline so I went ahead and just did the vanilla upgrade without the disk drive being wiped, and without a clean OS install. The App Store install just made it too easy.
Everything worked just fine. Sure, there were a few bugs here and there, and I had to wait a few weeks for most Mac apps to be upgraded to flush out the rest of the bugs, but it was as painless a full upgrade as I’d ever had.
What about you?
macOS Sierra and iOS 10 are due to launch within a few months. Both are free and will run on more older devices than ever. The question is, ‘Will you upgrade right away?‘ Or, in the alternative, ‘Will you wait until the first bug release to upgrade?‘ Or, as I’ve done often in the past, ‘Will you wait a few days to see what kinds of major killer bugs are released with the upgrade?‘
The minor upgrades in OS X and iOS throughout the year are what I call no-brainer upgrades. Most of them have plenty of bug fixes and almost every upgrade plugs a few security holes or addresses a security issue. Very few of those upgrades have been problematic for me.
Maybe Apple is getting better with the major overhauls of OS X and iOS, but I’ve not encountered a need to re-install an upgrade since Mac OS X Snow Leopard back in late 2010, and even then I wasn’t sure what went wrong as Snow Leopard became one of the most stable and dependable versions of OS ever to grace my Macs.
iOS has a more checkered history. iPhone OS 2.0 and OS 3.0, each were problematic and required a full on re-installation. iPhone OS 3 was the worst, but once iOS 4 hit the streets in 2010 it’s been mostly smooth sailing. Mostly. iOS 8.0.1 was problematic and killed both Touch ID and my cell phone service connectivity for a week.
This year, as with last year, I’m ready for macOS Sierra and iOS 10. Last year I signed up for the public beta versions and ditto this year. So far, macOS Sierra has been a delight, but iOS 10 has a few notable bugs (Airplay on my Apple TV has been limited to Mirror mode only), and I’ve developed a distaste for all the huge notification center widgets and oversized buttons.
What’s your plan? Rush to upgrade? Wait to upgrade? Not bother to upgrade for awhile?