Users experienced Wifi problems, "wildly varied" load times depending on location, loading issues, and Music app anomalies. (Photo : Apple)
First adopters of new software almost always confront unexpected bugs, and the iOS 6 upgrade that Apple rolled out on Wednesday, September 19 is no different. Mashable reports that within the first few hours of the update, users experienced Wifi problems, "wildly varied" load times depending on location, loading issues, and Music app anomalies.
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Upon iOS 6's release, the site notes that "Apple servers seemed to hold up pretty well under the pressure," but that users' load times varied "from a few minutes all the way up to five hours." For some, the update progress bar froze, only to rocket forward "as much as an hour later."
For those fortunate enough to install the OS, a Wi-Fi bug was quickly discovered. Users who had saved passwords for their local networks onto their Apple device were unable to login due to an inactive URL. Mashable suggests that the problem may have arisen because "someone at Apple may have temporarily deleted" the page http://www.apple.com/library/test/success.html, which iOS 6 must ping in order to test its connection. Apple quickly identified the problem and fixed any backend issues at fault.
Users also ran into problems with their Music libraries, rendering files unavailable. "Music libraries had suddenly vanished. Playlist, Artist and Album names all remained, but the tracks themselves" refused to play, writes the site. "A spinning wheel in the upper left corner of the device's screen indicated that the Music app was trying to access something, but the songs remained stubbornly invisible, even to Siri."
While these issues may be off-putting, consumers can rest easy. Bugs and minor oversights are commonplace during the launch of any piece of hardware or software. In time, most of the glaring kinks in iOS 6 will be ironed out.