Apple users have some very strong opinions about the new iOS 7 software in the market recently. To say that it has undergone some major overhaul since the launch of the original iPhone has garnered very different reactions from loyalists and detractors alike.
Of course, beauty is still in the eye of the beholder – or in this case, user. While others would herald it as brilliantly clever, it won’t be a surprise to hear some to dismiss it as something a preschool can come up with during art class. Indeed, the new operating system of Apple’s fancy gadget.
The iOS 7 is extremely unlike its predecessor. There are changes that make most people go crazy – in the wrong way. And most people do not handle changes quite fine, especially if it involves software updates that have some kinks in it.
Here are some of the few issues that iOS 7 users are complaining about:
- Flat User Interface (UI). Ever wondered why the apps do not seem to be like actual buttons? It’s because of the completely flat UI – which is exactly the reason why there is no subtle depth in the iOS 7 like what its previous versions had. Tapping the screen is so unchallenging and unpalatable but we guessed they’re just keeping up with what’s hot and trending these days – like the new flatter logos of Google and Bing.
- Unnecessary Movements. More gesture-focused than its predecessors, the iOS 7 adds more fun in basic features like "swipe to unlock". But when you get to opening and closing other apps, it can be quite disorienting because of the unnecessary animated movements. So if you want to create an instant dizzying effect, just zoom in and out of content. It’s sleek though, but still unnecessary.
- Parallax Effect. Users suffering from vertigo will encounter one of their worst nightmares – when their cannot-live-without-it phone produces that parallax effect on the background. Shifting the phone from side to side will make you feel jittery because the wallpaper looks like it is moving behind the apps. But there is a solution here: just go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion to turn this off.
- Spotlight vs. Notifications. One of the major complaints of iOS 7 users is the challenges the software entails when you want to find the Spotlight feature. If you want to do an internal search, you can just swipe your finger anywhere on the display – from top to bottom. But if you want to see recent notifications, you have to swipe at the very top of the screen. It’s all jumbled up really.
- Less Intuitive. Unlike previous versions, it is harder to navigate through the iOS 7. It is less spontaneous and less intuitive. You need more patience to determine which features take only one click and which takes a bit more work. For example, the “x” button for closing the Safari webpage is so small.
- Keyboard Changes. Stylish and oozing with sophistication, the keyboard earned some plus points in the looks department. But because of that, it lost some of its common sense. Basic functions like capitalizing a word or pressing the shift key will make you want to scratch your head. Worse, the .com button is no longer in plain sight.
- Short Battery Life. The iOS 7 brings out the Background App Refresh function on, which refreshes the apps’ content every time you use the Wi-Fi in the background. The thing is, it shortens battery life even faster than the old versions. Same thing happens when you use cellular in the background. Turn it off by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
- More Folder Steps. Now both Android and iOS users have something in common: hitting the home button after opening an app in a specific folder on the home screen will take you back not to the home screen but to the folder instead. It is an extra step you have to take if you want to get back to the main screen, just so unlike previous iOS versions. So now, you have to train yourself to wait longer to close the app and go back to the main screen.
- Charger Issues. Cheaper, non-Apple charger users might have to spare a few more bucks to get the original ones. It is because iOS 7 is quite a snob and only prefers authorized (and more expensive) Apple chargers. So don’t go losing that charger of yours if you don’t want to shell out some extra cash.
- Battery Notification. Before, when you’re charging your iPhone that has less than 20% battery, the icon at the top right turns from red to white, which means it’s plugged in. but now, if the battery capacity does not go beyond 20% yet, the icon shall remain red, making you think whether your phone is really charging up or not.