The worst part of camping in Arizona’s monsoon season ain’t what you think.
It ain’t wondering whether your tent’ll survive the pounding rains and bouncing hail.
It ain’t wondering whether your tent – (and perhaps with you in it!) — will become airborne like Dorothy’s house in the “Wizard of Oz.”
It ain’t the hard ground reverberating beneath you when bone-crunching thunder rolls across the night skies.
Ain’t ain’t the bold bright lightning strikes — and spectacular they are in Arizona! And that undeniable vulnerability of lying on forest ground in a little tent wondering whether a bolt will strike a tree just outside. Or the tent itself. Well, there are worse ways to go.
The worst part ain’t the mud.
Or the uncertainties inherent in Camping Without End. A gentle way of saying that I’m homeless and am boondocking in an Arizona forest –during the state’s July-August monsoon season to boot!
No, the worst part of this scenario is: Apple’s iOS 11!
How can that be, you ask!
I must preface. I’ve been an Apple fan since it arrived. Some 25 years I’ve been a loyalist. A looong time! Nothing except Apple in my personal life
I’ve ridden their ups and downs. Been patient through their failures, celebrated their successes. Have never owned anything BUT Apples neither have I wanted to. Through the decades, I’ve come to their defense when appropriate and forgiven them their egos and missteps when necessary.
I’m also a (not so) closeted geek. A superb troubleshooter. Am intimate with Apple products. I learn my way around — because I LIKE to and I think it’s necessary. If a problem’s seriously beyond my domain, only then do I turn to tech. With whom I get along very well, unsurprisingly.
Establishing this Apple cred is paramount to what I’m about to say:
iOS 11 (most recently 11.4.1) is A. PIECE. OF. SHIT. Repeat: A. PIECE. OF. SHIT.
iOS should be called pOS 11.
This ain’t a techie blog. I’m not about to bore you or myself by retracing and detailing the innumerable steps, tests and functions tweakings I’ve attempted to MAINTAIN. BASIC FUNCTIONAL. BATTERY. POWER through a day.
Context. My phone’s merely a year old.
Previous version — 10.3.3. — worked just fine. Sure, it wasn’t ideal — what software is?! — but it certainly got me through a day with minimum to moderate use with power to spare.
It was quite unfortunate — nee by accident — that iOS / pOS 11 got downloaded onto my phone. It was neither my desire nor intent. Once there, I couldn’t remove it (since Apple had signed off on iOS 10).
Thus began the nightmare. Instantly. No exaggeration. The battery drain was IMMEDIATE. Massive. Undeniable.
With absolutely no changes, not even a most minor of tweaking, made to my phone! Just BOOM! Like the bus is running. Then the next moment, huge breakdown. No obvious rhyme or reason
Back to camping in monsoons.
It’s challenging all right. Dramatic. As living in the elements is. As a human being, you rise to those challenges. You reason, you plan best you can, you respond, you factor in conditions You do this, don’t do that. You survive.
iOS / pOS 11, unfortunately, is a gigantic thorn in the side compared to “living within Mother Nature and her monsoons.”
The TREMENDOUS battery drain — even WHEN IT IS NOT BEING USED and EVERY SETTING HAS BEEN TURNED OFF TO SAVE POWER — requires me to charge the phone a few times a day.
Hard to do when you’re camping. No outlets in the dirt!
So I rely on external sources — primarily cafes and my car’s USB port.
But doesn’t much matter. ‘Cause I can go to bed with it fully charged and wake up to half-juiced. Even when it’s not in use and setting after setting’s turned down or off toward power-saving!
This post, these words, truly they can’t convey the ABSOLUTE. FRUSTRATION — and DISLIKE — that has developed for Apple — with whom I’ve partnered in electronics for decades — as a result of iOS / pOS 11.
BTW, if you’ve any reason to doubt me — and you don’t, on this matter I write with authority — then I invite you to google “iPhone iOS 11.” Complaints and experiences with immense and UNFIXABLE battery drain identical to mine are rampant.
I had to get this off my chest. I’m homeless. I’m camping in a tent in a forest in monsoon season.
I DEPEND on my phone to be there — just in case something happens.
I DEPEND on my phone to retrieve email or simply check a site. Can you say weather.com?!
I DEPEND on my phone to hold a charge LIKE IT USED TO before iOS 11.4.1 (got accidentally downloaded, wiping out all that was good prior).
I DESIGN MY DAY around power supply: in cafes, at fast-food joints, in my car.
Otherwise, bye-bye battery juice. Why even have a phone then?
Rather, why bother having an iPhone?
More precisely, why bother having an iPhone with iOS / pOS 11.4.1?
Piece of shit indeed.