Why You Should (Or Should Not) Upgrade to iOS 7
Are you itching your hands to upgrade to iOS 7 right away? Don’t jump on the bandwagon yet without getting into the nitty-gritty stuff. Your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch can still live a day or two without Apple’s OS makeover.
But if you’re a sucker for everything that’s brand new, before you join the throngs about to leap and leave behind iOS 6, here are some things you might want to consider.
Why you should upgrade to iOS 7
- Apple’s iOS 7 offers the biggest visual overhaul since iPhone was introduced.
The first iPhone came by in 2007, and since then, it only experienced relatively small changes – in terms of visual aspects. Of course, icons are polished up and tweaked; there’s this shuffling around of applications; nips and tucks were done here and there; and an extra row comes along with the newer versions of iPhones and iPads.
With the iOS 7, Apple’s supposedly undying dreams of introducing skeuomorphic design to the UI has finally been realized. Don’t be fooled with that fancy word – take one look at the notepads and iOS calendar and you’ll get the point.
- Everything’s easy with the new Control Centre in place now.
Common settings are now easy to find with just one swipe up from the bottom of your iOS device. Whether you want to adjust the brightness or bring it to Airplane Mode, no need to hunt for it anymore with the new Control Centre. It also has a new built-in flashlight that uses your phone’s camera LED (ditch that flashlight app with ridiculous ads that come along with it).
- App Store is improved and more customizable.
You can now get rid of that red notification number from your home-screen icon without manually updating each app. The New App Store on iOS 7 gives you the power to do automatic updates. If used properly, then it can also be a great help for parents trying to customize their Apple devices to something age appropriate for their children.
- Siri is more fun to be with right now.
Siri is your gal (or guy!) to give you the right answers to all your questions – faster and more accurately. And Apple’s assistant won’t have you looking on a third-party application when you want answers – from multiple sources – Bing, Wikipedia, Twitter! Everything is displayed in Siri’s awesome UI.
- Multitasking is more flexible.
Previous iOS versions have notable limitations but with iOS 7, opening, switching and closing apps is a cinch. You can swipe upward or swipe with more than one finger to do these functions – all without being irritated with those tiny red circles. It is also now possible to use updates while apps are updating.
- Upgrading is a breeze and free!
Just go to Settings >> General >> Software Update, then follow the prompts. Yes, what else is new? But it really makes the whole process so easy!
Why you shouldn’t upgrade to iOS 7
- Notification centre is a shadow of Android.
The swipe is good, but unlike Android, it has not yet mastered its User Interface and swiping features. The notification centre is Apple’s innovation but it is still far from sophistication and user-impressiveness bar.
- iCloud is still wanting.
The iCloud feature is cool, useful and really a refreshing welcome but after 4 GB, it offers no more space for users. There are no user guides, no good interface, no solution right now. Apple has to take action asap especially with all the apps, photos and videos grabbing all the spaces.
- Camera focusing still needs conscious effort.
If you don’t do this, you’ll get out of focus photos and there is no way to adjust the quality. You’d be always forced to take 8 MP pictures all the time.
- It might take some time to get used to, especially for beginners.
When you download iOS 7, do so in your free time. It might take a while to familiarize with all its new twists and turns.
- There is no turning back once you switch to iOS 7.
Once you have upgraded to iOS 7, say goodbye to iOS 6 forever. If you change your mind after being turned off by some new features, you cannot downgrade afterwards. So deal with it. Or think long and hard before switching to this new operating system from Apple.