iOS 8: Why I Won’t Upgrade My iPhone or iPad

In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, an Apple employee demonstrates the new iPad Mini in San Francisco. Apple began selling a new iPad Mini on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, without the usual fanfare. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, an Apple employee demonstrates the new iPad Mini in San Francisco. Apple began selling a new iPad Mini on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013,  without the usual fanfare. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, file photo, an Apple employee demonstrates the new iPad Mini in San Francisco. Apple began selling a new iPad Mini on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, without the usual fanfare. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(ZDNet) – It has been almost exactly two years since I bought my last iOS device. That’s not to say I haven’t bought anything from Apple. Last year, I spent a boatload of bucks on a super-powered iMac, and I have Mac minis crawling out from pretty much every corner of Camp David.

I’m also not telling you I don’t use iOS devices. I use my iPhone 4S just about every night. It’s my favorite go-to way to read Kindle books from bed. While I don’t use the iPads quite as often, when I do, they’re incredibly helpful. I have some special-purpose apps I use in the studio, and the iPad travels nicely with the Chromebook for those days when I might need two screens.

In fact, let me run down our inventory of current iOS devices. This doesn’t count other Apple gear like the three Apple TVs we have, or the 10+ iPods of various vintages we’ve collected over the years.

We have an iPad 1, iPad 2, and iPad 3. I decided not to buy more iPads after the iPad 4th generation came out just six months after the iPad 3 with double the power. I had dropped more than $800 on that iPad 3 and just couldn’t see the need for another full-size iPad, especially since the ones we had worked well enough.

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