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post #61 of 960

When switching between apps (double tap home) i do like the new preview interface and that you can scroll left to simply return home.  This was always an annoyance for me before as my home button is very temperamental!

 

I also found this useful given that i'm by no means an expert: 

 

http://www.zdnet.com/four-privacy-settings-you-should-enable-in-ios-7-immediately-7000020902/?s_cid=e589&ttag=e589 

post #62 of 960
After using for a few days:

+ You can hide newsstand in a folder
+ control center
+ you can dismiss text message notifications by swiping up
+ ability to see text message delivery times for all messages
+ Camera app updates
+ updates to Photos
+ ability to have pages in folders
+ new multitasking makes it easier to close apps
+ contact button at the top of text messages
+ airdrop seems nice. Would also be easy enough to send a text, though

- Some of the color choices leave a lot to be desired - white text on green background for non-iMessage texts; yellow and white for notes; lots of white everywhere
- UI animations are getting really old really fast - need a way to turn these off
- exiting an app that's in a folder brings you back to the folder, not the home screen
- only 9 apps show when you open a folder (vs. 16). I'd rather still have 16 and lack the ability to have pages within folders
- group texts no longer have the group icon
- would like to be able to customize control center
- when I turn off airdrop, bluetooth stays on
- battery life seems somewhat worse

Undecided - background app refresh. Nothing I really care about makes use of this yet.

Overall - a bunch of nice little features within individual apps, but the stuff I really care about (speed and battery life) has taken a turn for the worse. Hopefully the battery life will be improved with updates, and the speed issue could be addressed by enabling the ability to turn off transition animations.
post #63 of 960

Have you done the Accessibility>Motion Control bit yet? 

post #64 of 960
^ The 'Reduce Motion' doesn't seem to do a lot. Actually, when comparing the two settings, it seems like what it reduces, is the motion required to get the parralax effect. (This from trying the effect of the two settings on a 'dynamic' wallpaper.)

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post #65 of 960
Here's a reason not to update to ios7, though I guess it'll only matter for very few:

iTunes 11 took away a lot of the ease of use I'd gotten accustomed to, so even though it was a major PITA I went back to iTunes 10 (using a backup and reinstalling a lot of music). Now that I've ios7 on the phone, I can't connect to iTunes (ios7 requires iTunes 11), and the window for downgrading the phone to ios6 has closed baldy[1].gif
post #66 of 960

The unlock falling icons animation is a lot less grating when your lock screen and regular wallpaper are the same.


As far as compatibility with old software, Apple has always done its best to force people into their new upgrades. It is a bit of a fascist tactic but the newest generation really does tend to be the best with Apple.

post #67 of 960
Background refresh actually works by the OS learning which apps you use the most. Meaning they are allowed priority in background tasks and data usage when available. This is done to save battery life and help limit 3rd party apps from eating your data. If you haven't used a third party app in a while it likely won't be refreshing and you wouldn't notice a different off the bat.
post #68 of 960
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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

Have you done the Accessibility>Motion Control bit yet? 

Not sure if this was directed at me, but I turned it off pretty much right away. And if they give you the option to turn that off, I don't see why there can't be an option to turn off UI transitions smile.gif. All this parallax/UI transition stuff is cool the first time you see it, and after that it's just using up battery/slowing things down.

I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but after all the buildup, I was kind of anticipating....more. Seems basically like the same old iOS with more whites and brighter colors - I don't really see much that's revolutionary here. Which is not really a complaint; I like iOS for the most part. Just that there was a lot of hype.

If it were up to me, I'd have focused solely on:
1. More batter life
2. Make it faster
post #69 of 960
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Originally Posted by dcg View Post

Not sure if this was directed at me, but I turned it off pretty much right away. And if they give you the option to turn that off, I don't see why there can't be an option to turn off UI transitions smile.gif. All this parallax/UI transition stuff is cool the first time you see it, and after that it's just using up battery/slowing things down.

I'm not really sure what I was expecting, but after all the buildup, I was kind of anticipating....more. Seems basically like the same old iOS with more whites and brighter colors - I don't really see much that's revolutionary here. Which is not really a complaint; I like iOS for the most part. Just that there was a lot of hype.

I'd agree that the new OS doesn't feel "revolutionary," but I don't believe it was supposed to. The changes were more about bringing the software UI design language closer to being in harmony with Apple's hardware ethos. In that, I believe they accomplished a lot in wha was a short period of time.

I can understand why one would desire to turn them off, the parallax effects are an important part of part of iOS 7's design and overall feel. Love the parallax effects or hate, I'm not sure if the experience can fully be judged without them.

The UI transitions are a different matter. They simply feel to slow. I've heard it noted that it's almost as if they were left in a demo mode and Apple forgot to speed the transitions up for daily real world use. One can hope that if enough people bitch about it, things should get fixed over time.
post #70 of 960
How do people feel about Safari? It's the app I feel most undecided on. While it has some nice improvements, I'm still finding it strange in use. Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way, but I liked having the UI chrome show at all times while browsing. The extra taps needed to bring up the menu bars is going to take time to get used to.

Yet the gestures are very welcome.
post #71 of 960
i wish the url bar would disappear as well instead of getting smaller

how do you change the icons and urls in the home screen of safari?
post #72 of 960
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

how do you change the icons and urls in the home screen of safari?

Those are the bookmarks in your "Bookmarks Bar"—which they are now calling "Favorites." I always used to navigate straight to the bookmarks bar menu when launching Safari, so I appreciate the change.

I also like that they've moved the private-mode toggle inside the app (you used to have to go to Settings app) and that the 8-tab limit has been removed.
post #73 of 960
Got the 5s tonight, first time using ios7... Not sure how I feel about it yet, some of the icon designs and color combinations are downright ugly and most of the text seem to have gotten smaller/thinner.

I'm liking the new notifications bar and control bar though.

Also the 5s really is fast. I was coming from a 5 so I wasn't expecting much of an increase in speed but I'm pleasantly surprised. Transitioning between apps is practically instant.
post #74 of 960
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-19/cook-ive-and-federighi-on-the-new-iphone-and-apples-once-and-future-strategy#p1

interviews with cook, ive, and federighi

the end was pretty poignant. 6 years ago i dont think anybody would've imagined microsoft acquiring nokia's devices and services division for $5 billion
post #75 of 960
Did anyone imagine that Microsoft would acquire Nokia, specifically? No.

The forces that lead to this happening are a different matter. Namely, the introduction of the iPhone, followed by Google's push into the industry of a free and open Android. Those being game changers to the mobile industry should have been obvious to anyone.

Microsoft has almost zero share by Balmer's own admittance and BB is on the verge of being sold off in pieces. Go back and read quotes of the CEO's of these two companies at the time. Their hubris was amazing. As was the two companies' complete failure to react in a timely manner.

EDIT: I actually believe had Nokia chosen to go all in on Android they would be in a strong market position right now.
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