iOS 7 Sports Effective New Features With Some Weird Quirks
NEWS ANALYSIS: Despite my misgivings, the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS turns out to be pretty good. But there are still some things in iOS 7 that are—well weird.Like many people, I downloaded and installed iOS 7 within its first 24 hours of its availability. As I’ve learned in the past, this probably isn’t the best time to try to upgrade an Apple OS since you’re competing with the rest of the users in the United States, but I wanted to get a head start. A couple of hours later, the process was done, and I had a bright, shiny copy of iOS 7 on my third-generation iPad. Bright and shiny is really the best way to describe the initial experience of using iOS 7. The new version of the iPad’s “rain drop” wall paper is so much brighter that I had to go immediately to the settings and turn down the brightness. And this led to my first attempt to try out some new features with the new OS. Apple has now moved your most frequently used settings so that you can flick up from the bottom of the screen to slide open a settings panel that includes screen brightness along with music controls, access to WiFi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, mute and the camera. No longer do you have to open settings, figure out which menu choice you need (is it General?) and then open more choices until you drill down and find it. This feature alone is a substantial improvement in usability for Apple’s new OS. This is accompanied on the iPad by another screen that you can pull down from the top of the home screen that shows you the time, your calendar information, the current weather, reminders and upcoming events. You can choose to look only at today’s update page, or you can see farther in the future or you can see what you missed.
If this was all that Apple did with iOS 7, I’d be happy, but in reality this is only scratching the surface. Apple has changed the entire user interface over iOS 6, getting rid of fake textures, strange backgrounds and overly complex screens. The result is that iOS 7 is now a much more seamless experience.