It’s that time of year again folks. Late September and a techie’s heart turns to the latest release from the wunderkinds at Apple. This year devotees of all things Macintosh-related were greeted with a two-fer: a new operating system, iOS 7, and a pair of new smartphones, the iPhone 5s and 5c. So what is the reaction to Apple iOS 7? Techies and critics are coming down on the side of bad, while many Apple users seem to think the new system is good. Read on for the breakdown.
Certainly Apple wants everyone to love their new offerings, but the money is with the consumers, who thus far seem to be into the new operating system. On September 19, 2013, Brian X. Chen of the New York Times reported in “Despite Early Criticism, Apple’s iOS7 Quickly Gains Traction” that, according to Chitika, an online advertising network, iOS 7 was downloaded by an estimated 18 million users within the first 24 hours of its release.
So people are downloading the new system, but do they like it? Chen noted that “Topsy, a company that does Twitter analytics, sampled seven million Twitter posts about iOS 7. About 1.2 million of the tweets were positive and 1.1 million were negative; the rest were neutral.” Of those negative tweets, Chen reported that the majority complained about having to wait to download the update.
Just because users are downloading and seem mostly pleased doesn’t mean that everything is sunshine and roses for Apple iOS 7. Many reviewers and techies have been grumbling about the changes the system has made. Jason Parker vented on CNET “The 7 worst things about iOS 7” on September 19, 2013. Parker wrote that his biggest complaint is how the operating system works (or doesn’t) on older Apple devices. “On my iPad 2, iOS 7 works, and the device is still usable, but it is far from perfect. Everything, from opening apps to bringing up the keyboard in Notes, to even just opening the settings is slower than it was in iOS 6,” he explained.
While Parker appeared to be an overall fan of the design change of the system, he felt Apple might have gone a bit overboard with some of the color in iOS 7: “Not everyone wants a rainbow blast from the home screen every time they open their iOS device.” He also wished there were some options for people to choose from that would allow them to change the look. Parker suggested, “Even if people could just tone down the current icon colors it would be better.”
The issues—problems, fixes and positive changes
But Jason Parker’s complaints aren’t the only issues that have arisen with Apple iOS 7. Others have already noted additional problems. Rebecca Greenfield wrote on this for Atlantic Wire, “The Biggest Complaints About iOS 7 and How to Fix Them,” on September 19, 2013. Here’s her list:
- Problem: Battery Life. “The iPhone 5 dropped from 661 minutes battery life on iOS 6 to 444 minutes with iOS 7.” Fix: Greenfield suggested checking out iMore, a site that has a rundown of settings that suck up battery life.
- Problem: Icons. There’s a learning curve to the new icons. Fix: Get over yourself and accept that things change.
- Problem: Syncing. Lots of users reported receiving an error screen that their update couldn’t complete. Fix: Good, old-fashioned patience. When lots of people attempt to do something at the same time, servers are bound to freak out.
But that’s not to say that all of the changes Apple made in iOS 7 are bad. In fact, many users are intrigued by a new iTunes feature, which allows you to create your own radio stations, as well as Camera changes that seem to be a response to Instagram. Overall, users are adapting fairly quickly to the changes, both the good and the bad.
Are you a lover of all things Apple or does another new release from Cupertino leave you yawning? Share your thoughts in the comments.