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Traumatic Upgrade

Christopher’s iPad has finally reached the end of its usable life, after just over five years. It’s a first generation device, and I’ve not been able to upgrade the operating system or apps for a long while now. Apps and websites have gradually stopped working, so even though there’s nothing wrong with the hardware, it’s become less and less useful. The final straw came earlier this week, when BBC iPlayer removed support for the oldest devices. Now all I could do with the iPad was play solitaire and read a very limited number of websites. I was having to do a full reset on a near daily basis, as the browser kept freezing, and it crashed about every half hour. I finally faced up to the fact that I’d have to upgrade it. In a way that’s sad, as it’s a link to Christopher. But on the other hand, he was such an Apple fanboy that he’d have upgraded years ago, and I’d probably be using about his third hand-me-down by now. 

I gritted my teeth, ordered a new iPad from John Lewis, and picked it up from my local Waitrose this afternoon. That was the easiest part of the whole process. Then it was a case of trying to set the damn thing up. They may be designed to be intuitive for toddlers to use, but that didn’t mean that I found it easy  – particularly things like setting up email. In the end I decided the easiest thing was to do a backup of the old iPad to my laptop, and then “restore” it to the new one, followed by updating all of the apps to the latest version. That seems to have mostly worked, though it’s taken a lot of swearing and moderately high stress levels to get there. First impressions are positive – it’s much thinner and lighter than the old one, and the screen is exceptionally clear. If I manage to post this to my blog, then that’s one app at least that I’ve successfully updated. IPlayer seems to be working again, and I’ve managed to send and receive a test email, so I seem to have at least basic functionality in place.

Hopefully, this new one will last another five years and I won’t have to upgrade again before then. I don’t think my stress levels could stand doing it too often!

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  1. Sally B | 17 August 2015 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    We bought a new computer and the guy in the shop was horrified when I said I wanted a new screen, mouse and keyboard so that I could have both machines working at the same time to move stuff to the new one and check that all our bought software worked and that the email setup was ok. Took me a week, but it was a very good idea.

  2. Gillian | 17 August 2015 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Yes, having them both working simultaneously so I could check email etc was essential. Though the fact that the new one is running an operating system three generations newer, and there’s a completely different look and feel made it much harder. I think it’s largely sorted now though.

  3. pauld | 18 August 2015 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I need a new laptop, so far everyones still selling windows 8 and telling you to upgrade yourself BUT wont give a guarantee that all pre-loaded software will run under windows 10 !.

    Just waiting for HP website to start selling laptops with 10 preloaded, better deal than buying from PC-World and you also don’t then get the irritating little sales kids annoying you.