AMITIAE - Thursday 18 September 2014
Cassandra: iOS 8 - A Slow Update for Users in Thailand (Success Nonetheless)
By Graham K. Rogers
Back home early evening, I tried again and this time things were much better. The internet is slow this week here and in other parts of South-east Asia as the submarine cable is cut - again - this time somewhere off the coast of Vietnam. Perhaps some fisherman tried to pull up the cable with grappling tool: a lot of salvageable material there. Nonetheless, with this not being the first time, we still do not seem to have learned the idea of redundant systems here, although some carriers in the region, along with Japan are planning a new cable.
Within a few minutes of me starting the evening download, the progress bar was showing 13 minutes remaining. When this was done, it took another 30 minutes to prepare, then I was offered the chance to Install.
After pressing Install I was asked to click on the licence agreement; and verify. Verify failed: not connected to the Internet. Nonsense. Install again: Agree; Verify. This time it accepted that the Internet was working and laboured away at its verification process for about 5 minutes. The screen went black and that gearwheel appeared, followed by the Apple icon.
A multi-language greeting screen appeared and it is necessary to slide the screen to the right: that instruction (in several languages) is not visible all the time. I was then asked to authorise Location services (or not) and enter the iCloud password followed by security questions and more licence agreements.
When iCloud settings were done, a further screen asked if I wanted to share App analytics with developers. I think this is important, so agreed to that; then I was allowed to get started.
Some of the settings, particularly in relation to iCloud have been changed with iCloud also sporting a new icon as has been seen already in OS X screenshots. Handoff is shown in the settings, but this will not work for those using Mavericks (or before of course). It is time to take a general (and gentle) tour round the iPhone.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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