Software Updates

Owners of computerized sewing machines are accustomed to having the internal software of their machines updated from time to time, either to fix bugs or add new features. You don’t need to update your machine if you are not having any problems, and don’t care to have the new features. However on your computer, phone, or tablet the situation is a bit different. The operating system on those devices must be kept up to date in order to keep the software you use working correctly.

Updating is not necessarily optional on those devices. On computers there are legions of shady programmers working diligently to find ways to penetrate your computer for installation of malware. Keeping your computer up to date is essential to protect it from this, and keep your data from being stolen. Microsoft ended regular support for Windows 7 in 2015, but it is still under extended support. That means that any security issues will be fixed, but no new features will be added. However on January 14, 2020, extended support for Windows 7 will end. What does this mean?

If you are currently using Windows 10, it’s of no concern to you. However many people have continued to use Windows 7, due to software compatibility or familiarity. If you are still using Windows 7 after extended support ends you will no longer get updates. The bad guys will keep on looking for ways to get inside your computer, but Microsoft will no longer be plugging the holes. You can continue to use Windows 7, but you will be at higher risk of infection.

In the world of iPhones and iPads a similar situation is occurring. Apple will no longer accept apps for those devices if they are not based on iOS 12.1. Most iPhones get updated every few years, so this likely will not be a problem for phone users. If you have an iPad, though, you may not be able to update to iOS 12. The iPad 2, 3, and 4 are all stuck at iOS 9 and cannot upgrade past that. This includes just about all of the iPads that were given to early purchasers of the Janome Memory Craft 15000 in the US. If you have one of those, you won’t be able to get apps newly added to the App Store, though you can still get older versions of apps that are currently in the store. Fortunately Apple has just released some new iPads that are more affordable, so it may be time to give your existing iPad to the grandkids and treat yourself to a new one.