The e-mail I just sent to Tim Cook about iOS 7.1 animations.
(shorter version sent to Apple feedback)
What I am uncomfortable living with regards iOS 7 are its animations.
(I’m running iOS 7.1 on my iPhone 5, but I have also used a 5s to test the following)
My three issues with animations on iOS 7.1 are as follows:
1. They are too slow. The animations were nice and fast on 6.0.3, but were then slow on 7.0, and though sped up on 7.1, they are not yet able to be called fast enough. And when hitting the home screen the icons take far too long to settle into their final position.
2. When unlocking on all previous major releases of iOS since iPhone OS 1.1.2 as the icons “flew in” you had the ability to paginate home screens even before the unlocking springboard animation finished. But now, not only do the icons take far too long to long to settle into their final position, but you cannot paginate until they do so. We iPhone users took this feature for granted until it was ripped from us in iOS 7. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD BRING THIS BACK. Interesting animations, but these devices have to use used too. I encounter this problem around 100 times daily.
3. What Steve Jobs referred to as “rubber-banding” when an app's interface bounces back against its vertical scrolling limit was clearly a genius feature in iPhone OS 1.0, but the new animation that was added to Messages in iOS 7, or what I’m gonna refer to as “the drunken-bounce” is hideous in use. It’s like the app is running away from you. It’s a horrid, uncomfortable experience. It’s as if scrolling in Messages is no longer tracking your finger and makes using Messages ‘sloppy’, inefficient and gives one an uneasy feeling. Also, added to this is when I’m using Messages on iPhone in a conversation with the keyboard active, if I barely push the keyboard down to hide it the bottom message in this list, thanks to this annoying drunken-bounce animation, flicks under the fold. Who thought that was a good idea? We can now safely call this drunken-bounce animation a failed experiment. I’m sure it was added to Message to make the software feel more “alive” under your fingers or something, but it doesn’t work. Get rid of it.
Just FYI, and because I use your products everyday.