Initial impressions of iOS 7 Beta
The new “flat” design icons of iOS 7.
I just missed a call, but the caller left a voicemail. Because I’ve been on iOS 7 Beta since it was launched, I’ve got a system to retrieve my message: Open phone app, hit home button to get out of phone app, open phone app again, wait 13 seconds until it freezes and crashes and then reopen one last time and BAM! now i can check my voicemail. Yes, we iOS 7 beta testers play a sort of technological Indiana Jones, crunching across a virtual bug-infested cave and reaching into a hole where our arms are coated with overgrown insects, just to use our phones. However, I feel that when iOS 7 graduates beta, we’ll all enjoy using this iOS, an operating system coursing with the power of all five Sankara stones.
Despite the bugs, iOS 7 is the best OS Apple has engineered yet. The new fluid motion between all apps is a visual delight. Major apps—Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Safari, iTunes & Phone—all received upgraded functions. New controls that help us manage our device’s features also increase ease and efficiency of use. The changes are so dramatic that I’d choose a glitchy iOS7 over a smooth functioning iOS6 any day.
iOS 7 has been under the gun for allegedly nabbing Android OS elements, as well as not being very intuitive. I agree that Apple has taken on a great deal of other companies’ features and put the Apple spin on them. The Android community shuns them for it, Microsoft takes a jab at features they feel are inadequate and the Apple user community seems rather content with their existing iOS devices-sometimes arguing back as they often think themselves superior. We all know that Apple has proven themselves as an innovative company, and there’s no doubt that they have all sorts of tricks up their sleeves. This round, they’re catching up with the competition. It is very probable that they’re simply setting themselves up for a pretty big come back.
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