You do you.

kelliThis guest post by Kelli Liu, a sophomore from southern California majoring in biology and Apple campus representative, describes her thoughts on software upgrades.

Like many people, I am a creature of habit and I often find myself resistant to changes unless I find them absolutely necessary. This aspect of change is extremely applicable to my life when it comes to updating my life technologically. Everyday I am bombarded with my apps, email, and softwares notifying me that my current version is outdated and that I must update immediately. However, I often become really comfortable with the structure of a software, app, or email format that I am using, and I find that often times when I update I regret the decision immediately. New updates are certainly nice and more developed, but sometimes they are not better for me.

So how can we know whether or not we are ready for an update without passing that point of no return? Apple just recently announced the launch of iOS 8 this fall, and like many people, I’m wondering—should I update?

Updates bring many changes, but the most sensitive and visible effect is the display and organization of the software. A company certainly finds their updates to be beneficial for the consumer, but sometimes I feel better off and more comfortable with an older version. Download speeds and more search options aren’t going to feel like a big change, but faced with an new interface, one will either love or hate the new version of their software.

For example, an update can go two ways:

  1. Too simple to more advanced and functional (like an app, for me my banking application, that felt a little outdate finally upgraded to include features that you’ve been waiting for, like finally being able to transfer funds between accounts on my phone, etc.)
  2. Perfectly functional to too complex with unnecessary additions (like my email or Facebook, which for me created new updates that didn’t make the interface any better, just more complex and harder to navigate).

For many people, updating from iOS6 to iOS7 was the latter. This fall, Apple announced it launch of iOS 8. It’s been advertised to include top of the line features, graphics, and demands; however, these new additions might just feel like extra fluff.

Whatever you decide to do in the fall, to update or not to update, I prompt you to consider this—the change in cloud compatibility and more sharing isn’t going to affect the way you use your phone—the change in the design will.

If you aren’t happy with a more complex interface fraught with shortcuts, new built in apps (the ones you can’t remove), and more swiping options—don’t update.

If you hated the update from iOS7—you probably shouldn’t update (especially if you finally became accustomed to iOS7)

If you are ready for something new and more complex—then you should update.

You do you.

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