Even though Apple is reporting that over 100 million users have upgraded to their latest iOS 6, this doesn’t mean we have a world full of happy Apple customers.
This isn’t the case by a long shot.
In fact, I’ve read more complaints, problems, and train wrecks as a result of upgrading to iOS 6 from users than I’ve read anything else.
Me personally, my iPhone 3GS went through the iOS 6 upgrade without a glitch.
And probably, this is the case with the majority of users.
But there is no question that a large percentage of people are having problems with their either the upgrade process itself, or their device after they’ve upgraded.
Here’s the top 5 problems I’ve heard from people so far with the iOS 6 upgrade:
#1: No iOS 6 update for iPad 1
This one has been resonating since late Saturday afternoon, hours after Apple released the iOS 6 update. The 1st gen iPad users (iPad 1) have been excluded from the iOS 6 upgrade.
Why exactly? I’m not really sure. But my guess is that Apple wants to set the stage for iPad 1 users to upgrade to the newest iPad’s that are just around the corner, including a possible iPad Mini that we could see announced next month.
#2: Lost contacts on iPhone after upgrading to iOS 6
For whatever reason, I’ve heard this more from Verizon users than anyone else.
Since I’m on AT&T, I can’t really give too much insight into the problem, but Verizon users are reporting that they’ve lost their contacts after upgrading to iOS 6.
All I know, at the moment, is that for Verizon users ya’ll have an app called Backup Assistant, and Verizon has provided a tutorial for how to get your contacts loaded from their backup. You can read about here, and then let me know in the comments if this worked.
#3: iPhone & iPad are slow after updating to iOS 6
This complaint has really taken off on Twitter with people commenting that after the iOS 6 update, their iPhone and iPad’s are dragging and seem really slow.
I also experienced this problem with my iPhone 3GS and I found that when you upgrade to the iOS 6, and probably as a result of Apple’s new mapping ambitions (or debacle, whatever you want to call it), that a lot of your apps will have location enabled.
Well, most people don’t realize this, but when apps have location enabled, it requires back end process on a continuous basis in order to keep the app aware of your location. This is a lot of unnecessary processing that’s taking place in the background.
Fortunately, I figured out a solution to fixing to fix my slow iPhone after updating to iOS 6 and you read about it here.
#4: Apple Maps / Google Maps with iOS 6 update
Perhaps the most famous problem so far, or at least the most widely covered problem in the media, with the iOS 6 update has been the train wreck with Apple maps. Equally important in this conversation is the fact that Apple removed Google maps from devices with the latest iOS 6 update.
Ironically, after discovering almost immediately that their new map app was a disaster, Apple hit the panic button and started hiring (at a frenzied rate) Google Maps engineers in order to fix the problem.
Also ironic is the fact that now the majority of the links associated with Apple maps are wrapped in Google maps URL’s and forwarding to the Google Maps app.
Who at Apple thought this was a good idea anyway?
#5: YouTube app removed from iOS 6
I don’t get it really, why is Apple taking shots at Google? Doesn’t Apple realize that Google apps are some of the most widely used apps on the iPhone and iPad?
Along with Apple kicking Google Maps off their latest iOS 6 update, they also thought it was a good idea to kick YouTube off as a default app as well.
Why they did this, I’m not sure. But I do know that iPhone and iPad users are not happy about the decision.
I really see it as a customer service issue. After all, aren’t users of the iPhone & iPad customers that Apple would want to please?
And if so, then why do things like remove popular apps that users love to use on their devices?
At least all of this is keep Apple’s PR department busy with damage control.
And I can assure you that Google, and the world of Android OS, is laughing about this all the way to the bank.
So what other issues are you experiencing with your new iOS 6 update?
Let us know in the comments and we’ll see if we can help…