Recent Apple OS updates have taken 30 minutes on average

I have a MacBook Pro from 2012 and recent apple OS updates have taken 30 minutes on average. I bet I am not the only one.

I have 4GB of ram, but that should not be an issue since Mac OS updates have been booting into a pre Macintosh environment where they show progress with a line at the bottom. Since no other applications are loaded but the OS, there should be no slowdown due to the amount of memory. So then I can only wonder that the slowness is due to probably massive numbers of files being written to the drive, and then I wonder why.

Recent Apple OS updates have taken 30 minutes on averageIn the past, we had fast updates even between different OS systems. It seems that with time, Apple updates are taking longer to update. With faster hard drives available now than in the past, the amount of time to update should be decreasing not increasing.

Ok I hear those people who are saying “You have a 4-year-old machine. What do you expect?” One of the amazing things about the mac in the past was its ability to support newer Operating systems. Now with the iOS, watch OS, I get the impression that Apple cares less about the Mac OS and supporting its legacy devices.

I can understand why this change would be done. Obviously they want to encourage purchase of newer hardware. They are a business after all and that is what businesses do. I am not going to tell them they shouldn’t do this. They are free to do whatever they think is best. I find it interesting that those of us who have been around the mac for awhile feel that the quality is decreasing. I wrote an article about this earlier about my concerns.

This it not a rehash of that article, but rather supporting reasons that concern me about Apples future. Apple has always made controversial decisions and somehow survived and even thrived. Some people feel that Tim Cook doesn’t have what it takes. Who knows he if does or not? I do not care to speculate in life.

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Airwatch Vs. MobileIron: Which is better for small business?

I am helping a client decide between Airwatch vs. MobileIron. The answer isn’t as obvious as it seems.

I had used MobileIron in the past and it was a pain in the neck with its constant updates. It also had lots of bugs and didn’t support new Operating systems quickly. Even now it has a problem supporting the new iPhone 7 which is disappointing.

Airwatch Vs. MobileIron: Which is better for small business?I tried the trial period of both softwares and it was a mixed bag. Airwatch has a superior user interface, but MobileIron was easier to actually get setup. I was able to set up MobileIron myself and I needed Airwatch technical support to help get started. So out of the box the win goes to MobileIron.

So Airwatch wins on the interface. MobileIron wins on the speed to be useful. Airwatch wins on the wide variety of device support. Airwatch supports more devices than MobileIron. However with that said, I did have problems getting email to work on 4 Android devices and that was disappointing.

In fact, even with technical supports help the email on Android still isn’t working. The theory is that it is due to a certificate and that’s what I am working on right now. It could be just that the self-signed certificate isn’t enough to establish the proper trust for ActiveSync to work. I am still looking into this.

On IOS email worked perfectly the first time on both Airwatch and MobileIron. it was incredibly easy. It had a foolproof walk through that really makes things simple for even a non-IT person to follow the steps.

I like that Airwatch offers more kinds of email support than MobileIron, but since it hasn’t worked so far, I can’t say its more impressive. Today I will be testing Android email on MobileIron and if it works, the boss will probably say let’s go with that. Either way it doesn’t matter as long as it works.

These are the two most popular and well-reviewed MDM’s available. You probably would enjoy and find either one useful.

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