Posting 11/25/2010

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Less Love for the iPod

My explorations with iOS4.2 continue yesterday. On the iPad, it’s really awesome and makes such a difference. The biggest thing that I’m so appreciative of is the ability to put things into folders. Now, instead of scrolling through pages and pages of apps, they’re nicely organized by categories. I just have to remember where I put them! Even with the frustration of the multiple pages, I did have a sense of where a particular application might be.

The multitasking (which is more like task switching) is OK but will take some computing style changes before it because a natural habit.

The same love doesn’t apply to my iPod though.

I did the same upgrade there and expected to find some new device using experience. It’s not there. My iPod is my portable connection but didn’t seem to reap the same overall improvements.

I had noticed a couple of things yesterday. First of all, for the first time, it would randomly drop the wireless connection. The first time, I was prepared to call it a fluke but it happened again in an area where none of the other connected devices had a problem.

Secondly, battery life seems to have gone right down hill. I could go for days with my use of the device. Not so now. I had to charge it twice yesterday. Now, I’m also ready to admit that I was probably using it more than I would normally but that’s still an unexpected turn of events.

Then, late yesterday, I received a message from a friend wanting to know if the multitasking worked on the iPod. It’s not something that I do regularly but I just gave it a shot and sure enough, the answer is no.

Now, I’m willing to admit that it’s something that I’ve done wrong – I’m always the first person that I blame when something goes wrong. But, I turned to the legions on the internet that will be working with the product as well. Somehow, it’s comforting to know that I’m not the only person who is experiencing these things. I’m sure that Apple is listening and monitoring as well. Hopefully, there will be an update pushed out to resolve these issues. If not, I really can see myself rolling back the operating system to a more functional level for me.

As always, if you’ve got a solution for me that works, I’d really like to hear it!