Why Apple will not give iOS 6 the first version of the iPad?
– The end of Apple support for the first iPad model means that subsequent operating system updates will not be compatible with older devices, and this is a significant threat – Comment on the Apple decision about the lack of iOS6 in the first model of iPad Rik Ferguson from Trend Micro. Below is the whole comment trend micro.
The standard practice used in the industry in recent years has been supporting the current and previous version, thanks to which customers had time to update. It is a practice common to the entire industry and various technologies. The case of Windows XP was a kind of exception and it can be attributed to the relatively low popularity of Windows Vista. However, taking into account the last edition, you should expect a slow Microsoft return to the approach “current version minus one”. Apple has a more serious problem ahead of it – a long suitability operating system, operating on equipment with an annual period of use. At some point, of course, you need to give up operating older devices, but if this is to happen too often, users – instead of purchasing new versions – may feel discouraged from buying Apple products.
– The conflict between the long -lived operating system and the rapidly changing hardware platform will be a growing threat – says Rik Ferguson, director of DS. Studies on security and communication in the EMEA region at Trend Micro. – Innovations among platforms and competition between hardware sellers are characterized by a much higher rate than in the case of the software. The breaks between the introduction of new, important operating systems are much longer compared to improvements in phones and tablets. In the post-PC era, operating systems must be modernized so as to quickly and effectively use new equipment improvements. We are no longer dealing with a situation in which it is enough to install a new controller – adds Rik Ferguson.
How this situation translates into the world of Android? According to some, the variety of hardware platforms may create a problem for this system. On the other hand, its openness allows various sellers to modify the operating system according to their needs. The problems described here are not less compiled or less significant for Android. They are only less visible due to the divisible nature of the world of this operating system – there are plenty of devices with version 1.X, which will never experience the system update.
When the sellers of equipment for private users become suppliers of corporations equipment, expectations related to the management of the product life cycle are completely different.