iOS7: Struggling to see the point.

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by vrDrew, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    Am I the only one who is thoroughly underwhelmed by iOS7?

    I've been living with this (much-heralded) update to my iDevices operating system for a few weeks now, and - try as I might - I really can't name a single thing I really like about it.

    Lets start with the obvious: Battery life suddenly took a huge leap off a cliff. All of a sudden I find I need to recharge my iPad every day-and-a-half, rather than twice a week. Watch a couple of Netflix shows and start looking for the wall wart.

    Now for the not-so-obvious: I now need to enter an unlock code to start using my iDevice. During the update process I got conned into asking for this "feature", and I have (so far) not found a way to remove it. Lets be very clear: if my iPad is lost or stolen, I really don't think a 4-digit "unlock" code is going to provide any meaningful security protection. All this does is waste a couple of seconds of my time every time I wake my iPad. Boo!

    I tried using AirDrop. My mom's iPad was right there. I managed (once) to share a couple of photos with her. But - even though I had total access to her machine - for whatever reason my iPad didn't show up on hers. Something either works 100% of the time, or its useless.

    summary: Yes, some of the original skeumorphism in iDevices was not good. Game Center, for one, was perfectly horrid. But iOS7 seems to have stripped out a lot of the "Appleness" and replaced it with something I'm having a very hard time indeed warming up to. Jonny Ive, I expected more from you.
  2. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    I'm sorry but I can't really take your complaints too serious if you cant even figure out how to disable passcode.... People like to complain about a whole iOS before taking the time to learn the features and without knowing how to really use things..... If you don't know how to use something it doesn't mean its bad.
  3. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Calendar is that bad.
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    iOS 7 happened because it needed to.

    The design language of iOS 6 wasn't going to let them innovate in the long run. Apps like Photos wouldn't be able to evolve into what it is now with the iOS 6 UI, either would the notification center.

    They are setting iOS up to be future proof, a blank canvas that can be edited easily without disturbing other elements of the OS. They don't want it to be like Android which has pretty much the same gesture for either swiping to the notifications, or to the shortcuts, and is only getting more bloated with each update.
  5. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    My experience is that it takes a couple of days to get used to. Some of the features that get turned on automatically (or as part of the upgrade) aren't really what you want so you must either play with all the settings or read things such as this forum and you'll find out how to do all.
    Are there things that aren't my favorite sure but in general after using for a few days I like the update. There are a few "why did Apple do that" like changning the direction of the swipe to delete but in general I like it.
    I own an iPhone not for its looks anyway but for its functions.

    There are plenty of threads about how to work on battery life. Mine is fine and probably better than before.
  6. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Settings-->General-->Passcode Lock-->Turn it off, or change the time in the Require Passcode section to something other than immediate.
  7. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Nope. I like it.

    It's impossible to take you serious when you couldn't be bothered to google if you can turn the passcode lock off. Which is something you could do since 2007.
  8. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    The new iOS is created to satisfy the need for constant novelty among those whose attention span is, apparently, measured in nanoseconds.

    There are also new features and designs added to emphasize the novelty of the new OS.

    Learning how to use it does help....
  9. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    iOS measures our attention span in six year increments, not nanoseconds.
  10. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

    Crazy Badger

    Apr 1, 2008
    We probably need a new thread for these, but the things I like:

    • Control Centre
    • Spotlight Search
    • Mail
    • Photos
    • Several well updated Apps

    Feel free to add yours...
  11. Drunken Master macrumors 65816

    Drunken Master

    Jul 19, 2011
  12. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    In the UK, that is how you spell Center. Admittedly Apple has assigned a specific spelling to the word, but its for someone in the UK to reflexively spell it that way.
  13. 53kyle macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2012
    Sebastopol, CA
  14. WordMasterRice macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Upstate NY
    No they haven't, if you go to the UK Apple website it's spelled Centre.

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  15. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I had no idea they did that but it makes sense. My point was that centre is how center is spelled in the UK.
  16. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Outside of Apple employees and fanboys, who has "heralded" it?
  17. darngooddesign, Oct 8, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013

    darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    People who don't call anyone who likes the update as a fanboy. :rolleyes:

    And iOS7 was by definition much heralded.
  18. joshforman macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2012
    Background updates. It's such a better experience to launch an app and have it already be updated
  19. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    It was a mobile OS that has looked almost the identical for six years, so it was in need of an aesthetic change. I like it. And the new features are pretty neat too.
  20. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    Hey, at least they finally added the ability to snooze a calendar alarm...albeit with all the options of a 1970's era digital alarm clock. :rolleyes:

    (I know, "you're snoozing wrong!")
  21. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I like iOS7 for the most part and the refreshment was well-timed IMO. That being said, I wasnt upset with iOS 6 so this upgrade while nice didnt exactly change my life or anything. The "look" is still taking me some time to get fully used to but I like it overall. Just not the "end-all" or anything.
  22. lulumink macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    Why should people take time to learn how to use the new iOS7?
    the old iOS is so intuitive and easy to use that a 4 years old can do it without learning. Isn't that the goal of a mobile OS? Steve did it. Cook destroyed it. So stupid!!!
  23. XboxMySocks macrumors 68020


    Oct 25, 2009
    Holy jeez, you took the words right out of my mouth.

    The process to disable the passcode on iOS 6 and iOS 7 is exactly the damn same.
  24. iAmirul macrumors regular


    May 8, 2013
    I dont get it.. Which part of ios 7 is complicated to use? iOS 7 is more of a skin/theme change with some added functionality. I dont think it'll take a rocket scientist to operate ios 7.
  25. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Its only intuitive because we've had six years to learn it. But if you're one of those "set in your ways and refuse to change" kind of people it will be annoying. Most of 7 works exactly the same.

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