STORY BY JAMES JOLLY
Each year, Apple releases new products and updates, and every year people scramble to upgrade their now outdated phones and laptops.
Students who updated their Macbooks to the most recent operating system, Yosemite, have been experiencing connectivity issues with Drake Wi-Fi.
The new update has caused updated laptops to occasionally disconnect with the student Wi-Fi. The laptops then are unable to reconnect to the Internet for a period of time.
Anna Vanwaardhuizen, a sophomore, upgraded her laptop when the Apple operating system, Yosemite, was first released.
“I saw that it was available, and I wanted to see what all the hype was about,” Vanwaardhuizen said. “As soon as I upgraded my laptop, I started having connectivity issues. I couldn’t use the Internet.”
Drake Department of Technology Services (DTS) was aware of the problem as soon as the operating system was released.
The day of the operating system’s release, DTS put out a warning on their Twitter asking students to not upgrade until DTS could test the compatibility.
Fortunately for those who upgraded their Macs, ethernet cords still work. Students who are using Yosemite can still use the Internet, just as long as they are hardwired into it.
True Wheeldon, a Drake computer science major, also predicted the problems and refused to upgrade.
“Last year the same thing happened,” Wheeldon said. “Apple release a new OS, Mavericks, and when people updated their computers, the Wi-Fi stopped working for them.”
Vanwaardhuizen remembered a warning that she was given last year when Mavericks was released.
“Professor Wright warned our class that we shouldn’t update our computers until Drake OIT (DTS) worked out all of the kinks,” Vanwaardhuizen said. “I just wasn’t thinking this time.”
Drake DTS is currently working towards a solution, but still advises students to wait before upgrading. For the students that have already upgraded their Macbooks, connectivity problems were less severe in the past week.
Vanwaardhuizen noticed small improvements in her connection.
“I used to be completely unable to connect, but now I get little windows of connection,” she said. “I’ll get maybe 15 minutes of Internet before I get disconnected.”
Wheeldon noticed that many students had no idea that the upgrade could be a bad thing.
“I heard a lot of first-years complaining about their connectivity issues,” Wheeldon said. “They didn’t know that this could happen.”
Zach Dvorak, a Drake student who upgraded his Macbook, was annoyed by the connection issue and the lack of communication.
“I had no idea that upgrading my laptop would cause this horrible problem,” Dvorak said. “I can’t do any schoolwork now. I wish there had been more warning.”