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Apple Inc. released its much-awaited iOS 9 yesterday and the tech industry couldn’t wait to get their hands on the new OS. Of course, 100 days in beta testing has provided hints, leaks, and rumors about what to expect from the iOS 9. The fact that iOS 8 was a big flop on launch and that updates couldn’t fix it adds fodder to the fiery desire to download iOS 9 and fast. However, news reports have it that Apple users are angry as iOS 9 update failures becomes the new normal.

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The social media is loaded with millions of angry Apple users who are getting an error message after trying to download the new OS. Many would have thought that Apple would ensure a smooth upgrade to the new iOS. The floppy iOS 8 is still fresh in mind and it doesn’t augur well that iOS 9 is having a crappy start. However, Apple’s problems with iOS9 upgrades are not much different from the upgrade issues that Microsoft Corporation had after the release of Windows 10.

Apple opens up iOS 9 to all devices

Apple released iOS yesterday, but the hype that preceded the new OS meant that users wanted it as soon as possible. Upgrading to the OS should be a smooth ride because it is relatively light at 1GB compared to previous OSes. However, users can’t seem to get a smooth upgrade – some people are blaming Apple servers.

The truth is that the Apple has increased the pool of people that could upgrade to the new OS in contrast to the previous cases where new iOS releases are meant for new devices alone. For instance, if you have any of the following: iPhone 4S and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and later, or iPod touch 5th generation and later, you can upgrade to iOS 9. The number of users that wanted iOS now are bigger than anything that Apple has seen in the past with its older OSes.

Apple can learn something from Microsoft

Microsoft    released its revamped OS, the Windows 10 in July and the PC space couldn’t stop writing rave reviews about the OS. However, Windows 10 has been touted as a classic case of self-sabotage for Microsoft because the firm couldn’t get Windows 10 out to users as quick as they wanted.

The firm recorded 14M users in two days, but the number pales in comparison to the 1B user base that Microsoft want to have for the Windows 10 in three years.

Yet, the market knew that Windows 10 was being released to users in waves; hence, users didn’t have issues with upgrading, they only wanted to be included in the next wave faster.

If Apple released the iOS 9 in waves, users won’t necessarily get an upgrade as soon as they wanted, but they’ll definitely find it easier to download the upgrade when it is their turn.

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Victor Alagbe is a seasoned business and finance writer with a specialty in writing about how to invest for the long-term in healthcare, pharmacology, energy and tech stocks. His long-term focus is on stocks that provide a nice mix of growth and income. For the short term, he passionately writes about trading stock options for the excitement and leverage that stock options offer.


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