I've decided to ignore all updates from now on. I'm on iOS 5, Snow Leopard, Airport Extreme with 2 Express routers (one 'n' and one 'g' for music). I'm off of MobileMe (except for email), and have decided to forego iCloud.
I've learned from experience with many Macs that, every time I do a software update, the computer uses more memory, the battery doesn't last as long, performance slows, apps no longer work, miscellaneous pesky problems crop up. I used my PowerBook for 6 years. The only reason I replaced it was because, frankly, Flash killed it. I was still using OS 7 apps, and perfectly happy with them. Now I hear lots of complaints about Lion (look at the unusually high percentage of 1-star reviews on the App Store, so it seems like deja-vu. Skype on the iPhone is another good example of a downward spiral of qualtity with each update.
I will not longer update anything. Software updates are stacking up; I ignore them.
My MacBook Air (late 2010) is snappy fast, everything works, battery life is excellent, it boots in 15 seconds.
iOS 5 works fine, but I'm also ignoring any update intended for Lion and iCloud compatibility.
My wireless network works great. I never have to reboot.
Most importantly, I have over a dozen PowerPC apps that require Rosetta. They all work. Ahhh, nice.
I manually sync my contacts and calendar with a USB cable.
In other words, I'm happy. HOWEVER, here's my question:
How long can I "live in the past" like this? Besides the (remote) possibility that I might be vulnerable without doing security updates, what is the downside to this strategy?
I hear both good things and bad things about Lion and iCloud. The good things I don't seem to care about; the bad things are things I would find deal breakers. Am I being a Luddite for not moving to Lion, and iCloud? I'm not a "sharer" of photos and music between devices, I have other apps that sync what I need, I don't buy iBooks, I don't buy music on iTunes, I don't use Twitter. What''s going to "break" first, in your opinion?