What am I doing wrong?

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Steve Sande
November 17th, 2014
In this article: iOS 8, opinion, os x yosemite
What am I doing wrong?

OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

Judging from the complaints and all-around bad feelings I've been seeing on social networks lately, it appears that Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are huge failures that are causing everyone a lot of pain and agony. So, if three Macs running OS X Yosemite and four devices loaded with iOS 8 are working just fine for me and my wife, what am I doing wrong?

I'm not making this up, and I'm sure that those who are having issues are also telling the truth. But I have seen no major issues with either operating system, and certainly none of the show-stoppers that have had some of the people I follow on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus screaming that they're either going to dump everything Apple and go to Windows or Linux, and embrace Android on the mobile side.

I sincerely want to know what's causing the issues for some people and I hope that they can get them resolved -- hopefully with a visit to the Genius Bar at their local Apple Store. For me, the computers consist of a 2009 27" iMac, an early 2013 27" iMac, and 2014 13" Retina MacBook Pro. The newer iMac was upgraded through several iterations of OS X Yosemite beta, while the other two were just given garden-variety App Store updates. On the mobile side, the devices consist of an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, and an iPad 3. All were upgraded to iOS 8 with the standard iOS OTA update.

Have I seen slower than usual boot times on the Macs? No. If anything, the newer iMac (with Fusion Drive) is booting faster than it did with Mavericks. The old iMac takes about the same amount of time, and there's no discernible slowdown in bootup for the Retina MacBook Pro either. Am I seeing issues with Wi-Fi connectivity with any of these devices? No. And I have a fairly old Apple AirPort Extreme that runs my network.

With the iOS devices, am I seeing any unusual random restarts? Well, I did on the iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8.0, but that issue went away with 8.0.2 and 8.1. How about the OS X and iOS devices together? They're working swimmingly -- I've been sending video captures from both the iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air to the newer iMac through AirDrop with no issues. The first time I had a phone call come in on my pocketed iPhone 6 Plus that transferred auto-magically to the iMac -- all without any setup on my part -- I was shocked and amazed. And the other Handoff capabilities are starting to show their worth now that I understand what's going on.

I don't want to discount the complaints I'm hearing from some people, as I'm sure that the random OS X reboots, "SPOD" while using Safari, Wi-Fi nightmares, and other issues I'm hearing about are not imaginary. Maybe I just have good karma, eat enough fiber, and have sacrificed just the right number of Windows XP installation CDs to the Apple gods. I almost feel guilty for not having problems with my Apple gear right now. If anything, the current state of affairs with my Apple devices is better than it's ever been.

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