The king of bloatware








Bloatware is unescapable. They come with any new device – computer or smart phone – that you buy.  You didn’t ask for it, but you get it and they bloat the disk usage and even the device’s memory – for running when not really needed. It is appalling when 10% or more of the disk space you buy is consumed by unwanted bloatware. You might think these bloatware is essentially bad, but they might not be. But when it comes to bloatware, I think the king is Apple. Not strictly bloatware-wise, but I have come realize that while Apple makes good hardware, some of their software must really suck. This isn’t news. Many people hate iTunes and I was always wondering why. And today I found out. After all, iTunes does a great job of syncing the music between the iTunes library and your other iOS devices.  This sounds great for the layman-user or if one isn’t very technically inclined or even if one isn’t paying attention. I have this 64GB iPad 3. I paid a lot for this – the reason is that I wanted to carry a LOT of music and a LOT of photos with it. Knowing that the iPad 3 had retina display, I wanted to take full advantage of its display. Though it has 64GB of space, you end up with about 59GB of free space due to the operating system and other apps that come with the device.

Yesterday, I wanted to copy all my photos – about 21 thousand of them – to the iPad. The originals would take a lot of space – much more than the 64GB that the iPad has. However, I have resized all of these to a lower resolution so that my digital photo frame could display them; else with the higher resolution the frame wouldn’t display most of them. However, imagine my surprise when my iPad said that I would be copying about 9.5GB worth of photos, though all the 21k-resized takes up just about 2GB on my Windows laptop!! Apparently, Apple makes a separate copy of each photo optimized  for the retina display and in this process, the target photo(s) could even be larger than the original!!

What was worse is, after adding the photos (or syncing them, technically), I added about 31GB of music to be synced. So that would make it 31GB + 9.5GB + some OS space, which should leave me with over 10GB of free space. This is where I think Apple is writing poor software. After hours (probably over 6 hours) of syncing, the sync process said I didn’t have enough space and stopped. When I looked into the device storage usage, the disk was full. And I couldn’t undo the operation i.e., I couldn’t reclaim space easily. A lot of research indicated that I had to factory-reset my iPad. So I did that  and tried syncing again and ran into the same issue – out of disk space. When Apple tries to sync you music, it caches some of it on the device and frees that cache-space only after the sync process if complete. Since my sync process didn’t complete, I was left with all of the disk space used up.

Till yesterday, I was a big fan of Apple. While I still am, I am not convinced they do a good job with their application software after my experience the past two days

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