The time has come: iOS 9.3 has been released! With every new software release comes the positive and negative feedback. Along with that, there are many issues with new software updates. iOs 9.3, in particular, had quite a few issues with many Apple customers when it was first released, causing Apple to withdraw their release for iPad 2 users and resend the update when it was fixed. The main issue was with iPad 2’s, which is important to me because I use one for school and when there are software issues, it affects my school work. After doing much research on the new features, the issues, and everything under the sun regarding iOS 9.3, I’m writing to inform my readers of what to be aware of with the new update.
Every time a new Apple update is released, Apple shows off their newest improvements and products. Their goal is to out do the last version and make Apple products better and more efficient. Not only have they improved different tools, they created some. One of their new features that is getting the most attention is “Night Shift”. Night Shift is a mode that changes the colors on your screen from bright to warm, so that falling asleep is much easier. Parents seem to always complain about their children not getting enough sleep because the brightness of their screen keeps them awake, so Apple has accepted the challenge and made technology usage before bed something that all can appreciate. Another improvement that they’ve made is that they now have an option for users to set passwords for their notes, so that their personal information is safe in their phone. They’ve also personalized the news app with a “for you” section, which features articles that are similar to previously read articles. Lastly, they have created a feature called Apple Classroom. This new feature is heavily integrating technology use in classrooms. With this system, teachers can send assignments out to their different classes and receive student’s assignments just as easily. This feature specifically targets classrooms with shared iPads because students are logged out of their classroom when the teacher marks that the class is over, so student do not have to worry about other students being on their account. Lastly, Apple Classroom is a helpful tool for teachers because they can put students into
groups quicker and in a more randomized way. But, of course, not everything about the iOS 9.3 update is great.
Although there is a lot of excitement over this new update, a lot of users haven’t been able to actually download it yet. Many users have been getting a message saying that the update was unable to be verified because they are not connected to the wifi, yet their iPad or iPhone says that they have a full signal. Some users don’t even have the option of updating because their device says that it’s up to date. This has been a major disappointment to many Apple consumers, seeing as software updates are meant to improve devices and having the newest software means having a better-phone. If you think this is a problem, things get worse.
Aside from not being able to download the update, there are worse issues. Users who were able to update were required to sign in to their device using the original Apple ID and password used on the device. This means that even if someone changed their password five times since they’ve first had their phone, they had to recall the original password used for their device and log in with that. Also, people who have bought used phones were required to enter the original owner’s user ID and password. The worst part? Those who could not recall their information were unable to access their device. Many users were locked out of their phones, iPads, and other Apple products. This caused an uproar of frustration and created a bad reputation for iOS 9.3. Luckily, Apple was very quick with handling this issue and fixed it in a timely manner.
Although there were many issues when iOS 9.3 was first released, I personally think that it is a beneficial update. The many improvements and additions will satisfy all Apple citizens. My hope is to see Apple Classroom used in majority of classrooms in Burlington High School. I support iOS 9.3 and am excited to see what Apple has in store for their next software update.