I got an iPhone 5, am iOS7 ready, and am irritated

I got an iPhone 5, am iOS7 ready, and am irritated

Summary: I'm thrilled with my new iPhone 5. Well, with a few exceptions, I'm thrilled.

TOPICS: Apple, Apps, Mobile OS

I guess it was just my day last Saturday when I took my giant ginger son (aka The Ginger Avenger) to the AT&T store to transfer my iPhone 4 to him. My two-year contract was up and his iPhone 3GS had seen better days (the screen was shattered), so I thought I'd give him my iPhone 4. After all, I do have my corporate-supplied Samsung Galaxy SII to use. To my surprise, I got an iPhone 5 for my trouble.

My son needed a non-broken phone and I didn't really need my iPhone 4, although I really liked it, I just didn't need it. I have my less-than-cherished Galaxy SII to use. I decided to lower our overall monthly bill to AT&T by getting rid of my phone altogether. It was a plan. And the plan was for just us two to go and get it done. My wife, it seems, had other plans.

On our way to the AT&T store, I made some joke about getting an iPhone 5 as a replacement for my soon to be no longer my iPhone 4. I was joking but you know how women can be about these things. In her mind, I was being passive-aggressive and wanted an iPhone 5.

I wasn't and I didn't.

While we were at the store, our customer service rep (William) helped us take care of our somewhat confusing needs. My wife, of course, took the reins and negotiated the changes we wanted to make. I just looked around the store wondering why I had come. A typical male-female shopping experience.

So, in a few minutes, after I'd looked at every single item in the store, here comes William toting an iPhone 5 box. I was taken aback at the sight of it.

"What's that?," I asked knowingly.

"That's your Father's Day present. I'm off the hook now and I don't want to hear anymore about your phone or how you have to drive across country on Father's Day."

I retreated in silence.

I got home with my iPhone 5 and began transferring my iTunes and backup to my new phone. That took some time—probably an hour or more.

I tried out a few apps and a few peripherals that I'd purchased for my iPhone 4. Many of my external peripherals don't work with the iPhone 5. It's a little longer and thinner than the iPhone 4.

So now, I'm really no better off, peripheral-wise, than I'd have been if I had no iPhone at all. It's very frustrating that the form factor would change so much that my Kogeto Dot, for example, doesn't fit. I'm irritated about that.

I guess the need to update the grille and taillights is more important than me being able to use my peripherals. Even my car's iPhone connector uses the "old" style interface so now I can't play my phone's music through my car stereo. Irritated.

That evening, I spoke with Jason Perlow of TechBroiler fame about my new iPhone 5. He told me that Apple was about to announce iOS7 or a new iPhone. 

"That figures, doesn't it."

I'm now finally up to date on Apple gadgets (iPad 4 and iPhone 5) and Apple might announce a new one. It never gets old. Actually it does. That is irritation number three. It's also the last straw in this ongoing upgrade and buy more stuff madness.

So now, I don't have a case for my iPhone 5. My cool peripheral gadgetry won't work with it. And my music won't play in my car.


I'm ready to have my apps break again, like they did when I upgraded to iOS6. I'm ready to sit and wait for programmers to download the new SDK and reprogram their apps so that I can use my cool stuff again because, although it's a phone, it's a do everything gadget now. 

I don't want you to think that I'm totally ungrateful for my new phone but seriously, why can't you make something better without messing it up in the process?

It's very frustrating. So frustrating that I might just trade my son back for my iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 just isn't that compelling for me to acquire all new peripherals for it. Of course, I'd be even more irritated if he broke the brand new phone, so there's no easy way out for me.

For the $200+ dollars for the phone and extra money per month for more data, I would have been happier with a new lens for one of my many cameras or a new funky lo-fi camera. Actually, for the $200 to $300, I could have bought a load of film and a few nice plastic cameras to satisfy my camera obsession.

The only thing that keeps me from trading the iPhone 5 with one of my kids right now is that it does have a camera on it that's better than the iPhone 4 camera. That, and I was able to transfer all of my cool camera apps to the new one.

So for the moment anyway, I have the latest and greatest Apple devices, although I have no case for either of them, since the old ones don't work and I don't relish spending another $50+ on cases.

I'm not even sure I need a phone. What I should have gotten is an iPod 4. I don't want to make or receive any phone calls. I could always use Skype or FaceTime, if on the rarest of occasions, I want to have a conversation with someone other than myself or the computer screen.

But, don't worry about me, I'm OK, I have a new iPhone 5 and I'm iOS7 ready. And for the moment, I'm on the leading edge of Apple's techno gadgetry. Awesome.

Topics: Apple, Apps, Mobile OS


Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.

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  • Congratulations on the new iPhone 5.

    Now that you are "iOS7 Ready"...you will soon be able to have an operating system that looks like it was designed 7 years ago.

    Enjoy! :-)
    • Right

      Because there actually were touch screen, computer grade phones by ANY manufacturer seven years ago. (rolleyes.)
      • LoL. There were touch phones and PDAs sever years back

        Just please search. There were limited capacitive screen phones and PDAs and most of them or I can say 100% of them were resistive screens with stylus.
        Ram U
      • Actually, yeah.

        the iPhone is six years old (first iteration in 2007) and it certainly wasn't the first smartphone.
        • Mine was about 2001

          Got my first touch-screen smartphone in 2001, though it only had a black and white screen. (Sagem, Windows Mobile.)

          Tried a phone plug-in for a Handspring PDA, and used a Treo after that, I think...
          Jack Schofield
      • Err.. yeah - there were.

        Palm Treo.
        A whole raft of Windows Mobile phones.

        Of course, you've thrown in the weasel words "computer grade phones" and I'm sure that's how you're planning to slice these off the list. But considering that Windows Compact Edition was a pretty complete subset of the full Windows OS (even had .Net), I'd be more than happy to show you the errors of your presumptions... :)
        • Oh please

          Anyone who tries to sell a Treo or WinMo device as having been a "touch screen" smartphone clearly never owned one (I did, in both cases, as a developer.)

          Particularly WinMo... if you didn't hit the start button right on target with the stylus, it did nothing.
      • You Sir...are a dope.

        Compaq Ipaq...Palm Pilot...and on and on.

        I still have an HP Ipaq 2795 that works just fine...EIGHT YEARS later.


        Get your "rolled eyes" out of your arse Sparky.
        • Oh, lookie!

          A WinMo 5.0 device!! Complete with its 10 pixel start menu!
        • Actually, you're the dope here.

          Then why would you say iOS 7 looks like it was designed 7 years ago? You made yourself sound ignorant and ill-informed.
    • Congratulations on your hyperbole

      Actually, iOS 6 currently looks more like it was designed 7 years ago, because there have been few graphical updates to it. Prior to the iPhone, we had even worse-looking Smartphone UIs (Windows Mobile comes to mind.) Now that flatter designs are becoming more popular (especially among Google products,) Apple is finally getting their act together and giving iOS a facelift.

      So no, iOS 7 doesn't look like it was designed seven years ago.
  • You're on the leading edge, alright.

    That is, until the iPhone 6 comes out this fall... ;)
    William Farrel
  • How about trading it for HTC One "Nexus Edition"

    It has a good camera, it's not iOS. Probably same price. And give you a chance to discover something new and hopefully better?
    • Because

      it is not Apple and it does not run iOS apps. I certainly have no intention of re-purchasing all of my apps etc by changing eco-systems.
  • You're a grouch, Ken.

    Go give your wife a hug and tell her "thank you".
    By the way, are you related to Andy Rooney or John Dvorak?
    • @Userama

      You aren't the first person even today that has told me that I'm a grouch. Not related to either Andy or John but I hope to be as successful as either.
  • I don't get it?

    I really don't understand the point of this article - and I'm not trying to be trollish. This is a tech site for tech enthusiasts who like to stay on top of the latest and greatest. You sound like you have no desire to be a part of that, at least in the smartphone arena. That's fine, of course, but then why write this article about it?

    Unless I'm missing something here...
    • Ha!

      Very very few "enthusiasts" here discuss tech. Mainly just a bunch of a-holios slagging the product they don't like...or person for that matter.

      Oh they will also complain about how stupid a story is, yet notice that it doesn't stop them from reading the whole thing to the end and then take the time to make some asinine comment.
      • @CowLauncher

        Ain't it the sad truth. Some people just like to comment and if you read the other articles on the site, it's the same people over and over.
        • Um...

          I think CowLauncher was referring to people such as yourself.