USA Today prints contemptuous trashing of Apple's latest iOS 7 release

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  • Reply 161 of 197
    iOS7 is very annoying, because of ...

    - Bugs, bugs, bugs and some more bugs.
    - Control Center is much overloaded, so you switch things on and off unintentionally.
    - Control Center has very low contrast. Depending on the background it is sometimes impossible to recognize a symbol.
    - Control Center is nearly not accessible if you have your device in a casing with a frame around the screen.
    - You often open Control Center accidentally while scrolling upwards.
    - Many Icons have strange colors which are either too blurry or too flashy.
    - Many Icons have a strange design which has nothing to do with its function, e.g. Game-Center, Reminders, Photos, etc.
    - The Flat icon design looks either old fashioned or very primitive.
    - Transparency or translucency destroys contrast.
    - 3D- or moving-effects have no benefit, but they can cause dizziness.
    - The new picker looks like a newbie draft.
    - Folders can only hold 9 icons in one screen (16 in iOS6 on the iPhone, 20 on the iPad). So, if you do not need more than 16 (20) icons in a group and that is most common So it's easier with iOS6.
    - Missing buttons (now plain text) make it difficult to find the functions. Often you do not know if something hides a function or if it's just a name, title or description.
    - Switches look like cheap prototypes.
    - Several functions are only usable if you KNOW exactly where to find them. There is no chance for an unfamiliar user.
    - Calculator has no memory buttons in normal mode.
    - Calculator buttons are not enough separated.
    - The Notes-app has a very dazzling background color and is not as eye-friendly as the old paper-like look of iOS6.
    - The Calendar is confusing and not well-arranged.
    - Fonts are much too thin and therefore often difficult to read.
    - The new whole-screen-unlock-function bears the risk of unlocking the phone unintentionally in ones pocket.
    - You have to swipe down to find the Spotlight-search. Often you open an App or scroll down a list or open the Notification Center unintentionally instead of opening the Spotlight-search.
    - The Spotlight-search is less powerful than before. In iOS6 you can search the Web.
    - The preview in the task list is mostly useless. If you only want to change an App, and that is what you do most with the task list you have less Apps in view and more to scroll between.
    - Media-controls are often more difficult to access.
    - Figuring out the New-App indicator is much harder.
    - It's more difficult to switch to contact details from a text message.
    ... and many more ...

    For years, I recommended iOS to friends, colleagues and many more because it was a 'safe harbor' contrary to Android. Now it's a real mess and not worth for an Apple device. Shame on Apple.
  • Reply 162 of 197
    IOS 7 is not as well preped as previous versions were, I think if all the main bugs were gone, I would wait a year (6 months in good) to release such a thing, still with IOS 7 as a much more minor update in between.
  • Reply 163 of 197
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,438member
    <span style="line-height:1.4em;">A proper USB port on the iPad would be wonderful ... In my case, I would like connect it to wired ethernet - rather than wireless - because I hate needlessly radiating my brain and body with wireless crap, when I have a faster wired ethernet connection right next to me.  [And no, I don't use a mobile phone either - and certainly not next to my head.]</span>

    Please be joking.

    He might be the new version of UTP, cause he sure has some wires crossed up there...
  • Reply 164 of 197
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,438member
    commentsf wrote: »
    Daniel --

    I adore your articles. Keep it up

    That is pathetic. Not you, but the author thumbing-up your comment to his own article.
  • Reply 165 of 197
    Originally Posted by Steve Cologne

    - Control Center is much overloaded, so you switch things on and off unintentionally.

     

    Just don’t screw up.

     

    - You often open Control Center accidentally while scrolling upwards.


     

    So turn it off. And don’t speak for others. “You” is not another word for “me”.

     

    - Folders can only hold 9 icons in one screen (16 in iOS6 on the iPhone, 20 on the iPad). So, if you do not need more than 16 (20) icons in a group and that is most common So it's easier with iOS6.


     

    Except there’s no limit to their size now. I’d prefer seeing more, but since you get more, it’s a tradeoff.

     

    - Missing buttons (now plain text) make it difficult to find the functions. Often you do not know if something hides a function or if it's just a name, title or description.


     

    Where?

     

    - Switches look like cheap prototypes.


     

    Come off it.

     

    - Several functions are only usable if you KNOW exactly where to find them. There is no chance for an unfamiliar user.


     

    Examples.

     

    - Fonts are much too thin and therefore often difficult to read.


     

    Settings/General/Accessibility/Bold Text

     

    - The new whole-screen-unlock-function bears the risk of unlocking the phone unintentionally in ones pocket.


     

    It’s just as possible now as it was before.

     

    - You have to swipe down to find the Spotlight-search.


     

    That bugs me. There was no reason for them to have changed it.

     

    Often you open an App or scroll down a list or open the Notification Center unintentionally instead of opening the Spotlight-search.


     

    How? Notification Center is at the top of the screen. Spotlight is literally ANYWHERE else.

     

    - The Spotlight-search is less powerful than before. In iOS6 you can search the Web.


     

    Somehow I don’t think it has changed.

     

    - Media-controls are often more difficult to access.




    How?

     

    - Figuring out the New-App indicator is much harder.


     

    Oh, that. No clue why they got rid of corner banners…

     

    Shame on Apple.


     

    Come on.

  • Reply 166 of 197
    I really don't like iOS 7. I hate the new look with the pointlessly thin, shadowless fonts, which is hard to read. Many icons are ugly or worse, lack soul, or worse still, represent nothing. It's like Mr. Corporate Bland had unwanted children with Mrs. Color Blind while using badly dyed colored condoms.

    They are also too big now. So big icons with thin fonts. The effect is goofy.

    Then there is the ugly translucent glass look behind the home row. Man, it just kills most of the background images. It's awful. Then the stupid, battery wasting parallax effect. What UI problem does this solve?

    Buggy is the least of it. Looks and usability are the problem here.

    (And no, I have no intention of leaving the ecosystem. I will stay with iOS 6 as long as practical or till they fix 7. I don't want to be a data gathering drone for Google).
  • Reply 167 of 197
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

     

    Just don’t screw up.

     

    So turn it off. And don’t speak for others. “You” is not another word for “me”.

     

    Except there’s no limit to their size now. I’d prefer seeing more, but since you get more, it’s a tradeoff.

     

    Where?

     

    Come off it.

     

    Examples.

     

    Settings/General/Accessibility/Bold Text

     

    It’s just as possible now as it was before.

     

    That bugs me. There was no reason for them to have changed it.

     

    How? Notification Center is at the top of the screen. Spotlight is literally ANYWHERE else.

     

    Somehow I don’t think it has changed.



    How?

     

    Oh, that. No clue why they got rid of corner banners…

     

    Come on.


     

     

    He is entitled to his opinion, as you are to yours.  

  • Reply 168 of 197
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Alonso Perez View Post



    I really don't like iOS 7. I hate the new look with the pointlessly thin, shadowless fonts, which is hard to read. Many icons are ugly or worse, lack soul, or worse still, represent nothing. It's like Mr. Corporate Bland had unwanted children with Mrs. Color Blind while using badly dyed colored condoms.



    They are also too big now. So big icons with thin fonts. The effect is goofy.



    Then there is the ugly translucent glass look behind the home row. Man, it just kills most of the background images. It's awful. Then the stupid, battery wasting parallax effect. What UI problem does this solve?



    Buggy is the least of it. Looks and usability are the problem here.



    (And no, I have no intention of leaving the ecosystem. I will stay with iOS 6 as long as practical or till they fix 7. I don't want to be a data gathering drone for Google).

     

    That took away some of the pain; thanks!

     

     

    The only way I can bear to use my iPad mini with iOS7 is to have all the Apple apps on one page and none in the dock, then on the next page of apps have just my chosen apps.  I never swipe back to the first page, and open and close my iPad to my page of apps.  The apps that I cannot/will not use: Mail, Safari, Clock, Photos, Messages, Reminders, Music, Calendar, Notes... that's about all of them!  Thankfully, many of my main apps (including iWork!) are still useable.  I wonder how long that will be the case...

  • Reply 169 of 197
    Originally Posted by Bergermeister View Post

    He is entitled to his opinion, as you are to yours.  


     

    Most of it, sure. Some of it’s plain tripe.

  • Reply 170 of 197
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bergermeister View Post

     

    The only way I can bear to use my iPad mini with iOS7 is to have all the Apple apps on one page and none in the dock, then on the next page of apps have just my chosen apps.  I never swipe back to the first page, and open and close my iPad to my page of apps.  The apps that I cannot/will not use: Mail, Safari, Clock, Photos, Messages, Reminders, Music, Calendar, Notes... that's about all of them!  Thankfully, many of my main apps (including iWork!) are still useable.  I wonder how long that will be the case...


     

    Overly dramatic, aren't we?

  • Reply 171 of 197
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post

     

     

    Overly dramatic, aren't we?


     

     

    Not at all.  I cannot stand the new OS and find it virtually unusable.  Since I can't revert back to iOS6 I had to find some way to use the mini or sell it at a major loss.

  • Reply 172 of 197
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

    Settings/General/Accessibility/Bold Text


     

    Tried that, of course. It helps somewhat but 1) Not enough and not everywhere, and 2) The default should be easy to read. It was easy to read in iOS 1 through 6.

     

    Usability has simply and very obviously taken a back seat to novelty. The icons were done by Marketing, and it shows. I'll concede that iOS had accumulated too much linen and felt, too much skeuomorphism, and needed some cleaning up. But I was surprised by the direction they went. With Ive running things, I expected an elegant, streamlined look tending towards more muted, almost monochrome color schemes with extreme attention to pixel-level detail. Even then I expected this to happen over a couple of iterations of iOS, done carefully and with great deliberation.

     

    Instead, iOS was sandblasted and then they threw a few buckets of children's paint over it to make it look new. To add insult to injury they came up with the 5C, which is just an attempt to save money by replacing machining with plastic molding. Then they market that cost saving with: Hey look: colorful!!! Come on. People aren't stupid, so the 5S is selling better than the 5C, as it should.

     

    Don't get me wrong. Apple is still the only game in town. Mavericks is awesome (thank the Lord it hasn't gotten the iOS 7 treatment), the new Mac Pro looks great, the 5S hardware is amazing. But iOS 7 worries me a bit not just because it's ugly but because of the reasons it's ugly. It was rushed and usability criteria were ignored. They threw out the baby with the bathwater. They can fix it, and I hope they do. I really really do, but now it simply hurts my eyes and I have to stick with 6.

  • Reply 173 of 197
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
    Tried that, of course. It helps somewhat but 1) Not enough and not everywhere, and 2) The default should be easy to read. It was easy to read in iOS 1 through 6.

    Usability has simply and very obviously taken a back seat to novelty. The icons were done by Marketing, and it shows. I'll concede that iOS had accumulated too much linen and felt, too much skeuomorphism, and needed some cleaning up. But I was surprised by the direction they went. With Ive running things, I expected an elegant, streamlined look tending towards more muted, almost monochrome color schemes with extreme attention to pixel-level detail. Even then I expected this to happen over a couple of iterations of iOS, done carefully and with great deliberation.

    Instead, iOS was sandblasted and then they threw a few buckets of children's paint over it to make it look new. To add insult to injury they came up with the 5C, which is just an attempt to save money by replacing machining with plastic molding. Then they market that cost saving with: Hey look: colorful!!! Come on. People aren't stupid, so the 5S is selling better than the 5C, as it should.

    Don't get me wrong. Apple is still the only game in town. Mavericks is awesome (thank the Lord it hasn't gotten the iOS 7 treatment), the new Mac Pro looks great, the 5S hardware is amazing. But iOS 7 worries me a bit not just because it's ugly but because of the reasons it's ugly. It was rushed and usability criteria were ignored. They threw out the baby with the bathwater. They can fix it, and I hope they do. I really really do, but now it simply hurts my eyes and I have to stick with 6.

    I fully understand of what you said and I concur with it whole-heartedly. Strangely, after a week with iOS 7 all of these "almost" don't matter. If I could get back to iOS 6 now, I might not going back.

    I still don't want the look on OSX though.
  • Reply 174 of 197
    I second some of the comments. Facebook, Safari, Settings, Photos app, have crashed on me perhaps once every week. Even though the animations are decently fluid, it definitely isn't as fluid as it was, even on my iPhone 5.

    Battery life is horrendous, although I can still get by. Besides visual changes, there really isn't any new features Apple can boast about.

    Safari definitely is faster. I do like iOS 7 in terms of usability, but besides that, there really is nothing to boast about.
  • Reply 175 of 197

    There are many things I'm not liking about iOS7.   And this coming from a chronic early adopter.

     

    My biggest beef, and the one that I've emailed Apple about on several occasions is the behavior on my iPhone 5 regarding Music Video playback in full screen.

     

    Play the video in postage stamp mode with the phone upright and it works as usual. Tilt it to landscape and the video doesn't play anymore.  It comes up with their horrid cover flow pile of junk.

     

    I'm told it's an intentional feature, to which I replied, "My no longer purchasing iOS products until this is fixed or you figure out how to allow me to revert to iOS6 where this feature works, is also intentional."

     

    Sure,  It may seem a trifle of a thing to most users, but I purchased well over 1000 videos on iTunes and can't play them the way I used to be able to play them and I can't think for the life of me of a single reason why it shouldn't be played that way.

     

    I was upset when I found out the iPad wouldn't play them properly in a playlist - due to dumping them in the videos app with no playlist control or anything of the sort in iOS6.   Again, couldn't understand why the same OS on a different machine would yield inexplicable divergent results, but my phone still did what it was supposed to.

     

    Now there's a crappy little postage stamp of a video on the iPad and this stupid cover flow on the iPhone.

     

    I will not be upgrading ANY iOS device or purchasing any more music from the App store until this problem is fixed.   And no, people, I don't think I should have to buy a third party app to do what my devices USED to do with stock software.   I did, however, try one that was recommended - MVP.   Several reports said that it worked well.   Not for me.   Won't play the Apple DRM files on my system and crashes when I try to play any non-DRM protected files.   And yes, I've tried a reload of the phone, software, apps and music library to no good result.

     

    This, to me, is the reason I bought the phone - to enjoy the multimedia experience that was promised (And mostly, until now) delivered by Apple.    Now I can't even do that.   So my review:   I really dislike it in a BIG way.   I want this fixed.  I will not be upgrading my iPhone or iPad or Mac until this is fixed.   It's called 'voting with dollars' and I find that the several thousand that I have sent in that direction has been wasted by a simple feature which should be a basic function of the phone AND the iPad.

  • Reply 176 of 197
    wozwozwozwoz Posts: 225member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Alonso Perez View Post



    I really don't like iOS 7. I hate the new look with the pointlessly thin, shadowless fonts, which is hard to read. Many icons are ugly or worse, lack soul, or worse still, represent nothing. It's like Mr. Corporate Bland had unwanted children with Mrs. Color Blind while using badly dyed colored condoms.

    Spot on!  It is corporate and bland and dead. It reminds me of using old Windows ... just feels dead.

  • Reply 177 of 197
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,825member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post





    That is pathetic. Not you, but the author thumbing-up your comment to his own article.

    Well spotted <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 178 of 197

    Reporting on a report of a report is not really news. Why not go back to the source article, the Nielsen Norman Group report that you so quickly accuse of bias and bash.

     

    http://www.nngroup.com/articles/ios-7/

     

    Read some of their other reports, get an understanding for what they do. The report is critical but reasonable; it is not trivial.

  • Reply 179 of 197
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by skalyana725 View Post

     

    Thx - I did see few others providing a similar suggestion.  I do expect every software to have some bugs & irritability issues, but my general point was I have noticed iOS7 to be more problematic for me than 6 or 5 were.  In each case, I have carried over the previous version backup, so strange that it should be an issue with 7.  Interestingly, WaPo, Facebook, and a few other apps like Cricinfo - all of which have been updated for 7 - are the ones that crash more often.


    I bricked my first 5, the Apple tech said it was unrecoverable and gave me a new one, mentioning that accumulation of corrupt code as the culprit and specifically directing that I NOT carry over from my backup but do a clean install and sync the phone instead. Apps are probably still chasing the OS...

  • Reply 180 of 197
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,217moderator
    I hate needlessly radiating my brain and body with wireless crap

    Please be joking.

    It's a serious issue, look at the effects so far. ;)
    philboogie wrote:
    That is pathetic. Not you, but the author thumbing-up your comment to his own article.

    It's no worse than if someone says 'thank you' and you say 'you're welcome'. Obviously it can be seen as an agreement instead as that's what the thumb represents but I think people are overly critical of the author's actions.
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