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iOS 7: what do you think?

Ernest Friedman-Hill
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My first impression is that the few small new conveniences don't make up for the hideous, hard on the eyes, new color scheme. Perhaps that's because I haven't found enough new conveniences yet. I like the new way to quit apps. I like that folders can hold an unlimited number of items. Other than that I haven't noticed any real usability changes. What do you all think?


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Greg Charles
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I've only seen it vicariously on my wife's iPad. I have an older iPad, so I'm afraid it would be slow. It looks OK to me. It's maybe a little bright, but then she was having trouble finding the brightness slider, which for me is a four-finger swipe up, then scroll all the way left. I assume that's still somewhere, so that would probably help.

I'm very happy they got rid of the horrible skeuomorphism ... that is, where they tried to simulate leather for the the calendar or wood for bookshelves. I'm not sure why they ever thought that was a good idea.
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It's kinda like they went to the opposite extreme -- from excessive skeuomorphism to utlra-simplistic. There's probably some sweet-spot middle ground, but given the choice of the old versus the new, I prefer the new.

I'm grooving on the updates and the various new shortcuts. But I also may be influenced by the fact that I'm running it on a new 5S which is blazingly fast.


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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If only there was some kind of custom skinning facility. I wish I could get rid of some of this white!
Bear Bibeault
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As an artist, surely you can appreciate the value of negative space.
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It looks all cartoonish now. It looks like my kid's toy.
Martin Vajsar
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I've got the iPad 4 for a few days, when this update came. It was my first product from Apple and I was really impressed. There were some glitches (couldn't set my own sound for mail notification, for example), but otherwise the impression was flawless. Everything smooth and slick.

Then the iPad offered an update for me, and I wasn't aware how big a change it is going to be, nor that there is no way back (had I known it, I'd probably investigate a bit). It was such a big disappointment to me that I tried to get the old version back, and discovered that Apple won't let me. Uh oh.

My grievances:

1) Transparency. I never ever want anything transparent on my computer. Windows at least lets me switch it off, but iOS doesn't. Transparency doesn't add any new information or functionality (the background is blurred anyway), and is actually distracting - I spend a few moments even now here and there figuring out why this particular button or feature is highlighted, only to find out that the highlight blob is actually an icon from the bottom layer.

2) No borders for clickable buttons - this combines with the previous point to make the user interface confusing. If there wasn't the transparency problem, I wouldn't mind too much.

3) Safari had a built-in feature to display (some) web pages inside a reader, so even if some page used too small fonts, the reader displayed it nicely and it was possible to read it comfortably. But no more. I hate when features are taken out. Safari was downgraded for me.

4) Cartoonish look - this is completely subjective matter, but I don't like it.

5) It is not that slick anymore. Some animations are now a little bit uneven. It is the least important of all issues, hardly noticeable, but it has completely destroyed my initial impression of perfection. I now view the iPad as just another computer - probably correctly, but I could have lived in the dream that perfection is possible a little bit longer

Overall, transparency is the only real issue for me. If they let me turn that off, I would be happy with the upgrade. If I could go back now, I'd probably still do it, just because of it.
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Greg Charles wrote: It's maybe a little bright, but then she was having trouble finding the brightness slider, which for me is a four-finger swipe up, then scroll all the way left. I assume that's still somewhere, so that would probably help.

Well, it's in the Control Center, which can be pulled up from the bottom of the screen, so it's actually easier to get to. However, when you pull the Control Center up, the rest of the screen gets dimmed, which really doesn't help in setting the brightness the way you want it. Someone didn't think this through, I'd say.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Martin Vajsar wrote:
3) Safari had a built-in feature to display (some) web pages inside a reader, so even if some page used too small fonts, the reader displayed it nicely and it was possible to read it comfortably. But no more. I hate when features are taken out. Safari was downgraded for me.


Ugh, that's terrible -- I hadn't discovered that myself yet
Martin Vajsar
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Just realized another small issue: switching between keyboards (from characters to numbers to special symbols) now takes noticeably longer than before. It's a bit annoying. Is it just me or have someone else noticed as well?
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hey my friends told me it drains the battery of her 4s really quickly, does anyone else have the problem?
Bear Bibeault
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Nope. Before I bought the new 5S phones, it was running on our 4S phones just fine. BUT... for the first day or so, it did put a load on the battery as it did things to set itself up in the background. After that, it seemed just fine.
Martin Vajsar
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A small update: I have to retract all my complaints except the third one. Over time, I got completely used to the new look. I guess that if it didn't happen at the time I had the iPad for a few days and was deeply in love with it, I would swallow the change much more easily.
Greg Charles
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Your third point was about the Reader in Safari going away? I use that a lot, so that would be a huge deal for me. According to this article, they haven't removed the feature, just made it trickier to find. I'll try that on my wife's iPad tonight. I'm definitely not upgrading if that feature is gone.
Martin Vajsar
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Thanks a lot, Greg, for finding the Reader for me. I can confirm it is there. I don't know why I didn't try to google this one...
 
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