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“Time” to Upgrade

Please do as I say, not as I do.

After Apple delayed the release of the highly-anticipated Apple Watch software upgrade — and then promised it would be available “soon” — I checked for it everyday.

Last Tuesday morning — almost a week delayed — the upgrade was available. I plugged in my iPhone and my Watch and started the upgrade. Once it began downloading, my phone read, “Estimated time: 2 Hours.” I had to be at work in an hour. Oops.

The lesson: leave plenty of time for upgrades.

When I saw that the upgrade was available, I should have searched the internet for what others had to say about how long it took them. (Even if the upgrade was just released, someone somewhere would have already written about it). And I should have waited until the end of the day to start it.

Not wanting to interrupt the process, I went to work without my phone or my watch.

The time that upgrades (and the smaller updates) take depends on the size of the new software, the speed of your device, your internet connection, and how busy the software company’s server is at that moment. Plan accordingly.

Be smarter about this than I was.