My Apple life started the week with yet another iOS upgrade. I don’t know which one, but perhaps the 10th since iOS launched back in September. Apple should add Fast and Furious to Apple TV+; the company launches more OS upgrades than politicians launch lies.
Our household has three Macs, four iPads, two iPhones, two Apple Watch, each with an average of about four upgrades each since iPhone 11 was announced. Do the math. 11 devices times four is 44 upgrades.
Yes. Enough is enough except it isn’t everything since each of those devices has apps that need to be updated, too. My rough guesstimate tells me each device, on average, gets about three new app updates per day.
That’s 33 daily app updates to add to the list of OS upgrades and you can see I’m swimming in maintenance.
What to do? What to do?
There was a time, back in the distant past, and not so distant past, where I preferred to upgrade and update as quickly as possible. Thanks to the proliferation of Apple gear, those days are, well, almost gone.
I have come to the conclusion that I have better things to do with my time than babysit my Apple hardware and monitor all the daily, weekly, monthly, changes.
My workflow is a finely tuned arrangement that allows me to get some rather sophisticated work done in a short period of time, but a wayward new app update or OS upgrade can toss a monkey wrench into my time-honored routine.
So, I prefer to watch the upgrades one by one the old fashioned way. Manually. What’s my solution to the growing clutter of updates and upgrades?
Patience is a virtue, right?
For macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS, I’m thinking mid-November might be better than jumping on the bandwagon quickly.
Am I getting old? Or, have I just decided that some of my time is more valuable than other time?