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Can iOS 7 induce motion sickness?

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Can iOS 7 induce motion sickness?
Can iOS 7 bring on motion sickness? Some users trying out the new parallax and zoom features are getting sick to their stomach, experiencing vertigo, headaches and nausea. Some are comparing it to getting car sick. The experience has been making some iPhone owners so ill, that they have resorted to downgrading back to iOS 6.

With the new parallax feature, iOS 7 users can have the screen appear as though they are head on, even if the screen is tilted in another direction. The zoom feature works when accessing applications. The zoom feature can not be disabled but the parallax feature can be shut off. Go to the Accessibility menu in iOS 7. Choose "Reduce Motion" and you should be able to eliminate that effect.

For those sensitive to such things, this is no joke. Some have complained about having to go home from work because of severe vertigo. The complaints are similar to what those who used the HTC EVO 3D used to report after viewing the stereoscopic screen for hours.

source: CNET via TheVerge

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posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:35 2

1. tedkord (Posts: 5106; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Can't you turn parallax off in iOS 7?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:39 3

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Yup..

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:29 1

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 12358; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Smurf what phone are you rockin now?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:36 5

30. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


darkkjedii, how are you? Do you feel vertigo, headaches or nausea? :(

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:00 2

36. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


My T-Mo S3 running 4.3. Can't wait to get my Note 3 though. T minus 7 days! :')

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:40 2

6. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


The author did mention that ..

Accessibility >Reduce Motion

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:42 1

7. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


yup, turned it off on my ipad mini... never worked right anyways but the transition animations are still too slow and annoying

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:47 3

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It really never worked on my cousin's iPhone 5 like Apple demonstrated it in the keynote of iOS 7.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 21:22 3

55. tedkord (Posts: 5106; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The long transitions are to disguise lag. This was a big update for iOS, adding a lot of the features android had - especially multitasking with only 1gb of ram. It's an old trick Apple has used since the OG iPhone.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 03:15 3

68. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 657; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I agree. Im using it and its annoying coz the screen doesnt respond untill the animations are over. I have to wait for it to finish, then click on icon. + first time Im facing issues of lag...

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:23

71. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


yup that's very true, plus i've been noticing some battery drain. but my wife is the primary user, so i can't complain too much. I'm better off with a good ultrabook or convertible but those cost $$$$

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:17 2

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"The zoom feature can not be disabled but the parallax feature can be shut off."

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:31 11

27. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Ya, you know this, but they don't...which is probably why iDevices are still popular.

iOS, built for people who can't even find the setting to turn off something that's making them dizzy...

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:38 2

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Wtf? What kind of joke is this?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:23 2

44. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I really don't understand how this could be happening.
Have they ever gone out for a 3D movie? What happens to them? Did they faint there? Did they puke?
I mean, how big is an iPhone that your entire head loses it's senses into it?
I have had head spins while playing computer games, but that is because i'm looking at a 15-20 inch screen. This is just too funny...

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:48

48. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Am I the only one that doesn't get sick from 3D movies?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 21:52

61. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Nope, there are more...but the glasses aren't comfortable. They're like slapping in a rubber band around your head.
Sometimes if it gets to intense, i remove it for some few seconds.
But it's not unbearable though.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 21:24

56. tedkord (Posts: 5106; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I got really nauseous at an imax movie about flying once. Sat dead center in the theater, had to close my eyes.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 21:57

62. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


It was Transformers 3. We reached late and had to sit second row from the front...couldn't leave it since i was so much into the movie. Damn!! Worst experience yet!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 00:16

66. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Try watching the last Harry Potter movie in 3D.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:39 1

3. ThePython (Posts: 364; Member since: 08 May 2013)


If you have a history with motion sickness problems and all that... Why the hell you would buy a device (not talking about iPhones, I'm talking about a smartphone, tablet, in general) that will probably contain strong visual effects?

Jesus...

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:40 1

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Which can be turned off through the settings menu.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:53 4

12. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Now there's a new definition for them -- "tools" as per Apple. So use it like a "tool"

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:46

8. 1113douglas (Posts: 192; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


ios7 u mean android?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:48 5

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Are you trying to troll? Because if you are, you're doing a pretty terrible job at it.

Side note: post #2,800!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:13

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Im really close to 5k comments

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:24

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I think I've posted over 1,000 comments since April of this year. I went from 2600 - 2800 in a week.

Congrats on the near 5K!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:33

29. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I don't post as often As i usted to, I mean there is barely something worth arguing these days

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 21:30

57. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


No idea how i have over 150. I've been here since August. I don't post that much to have that many so fast.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:54

20. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


No he's not! Just being honest!
Webos™
Symbian S60
Thier all "Linux" aka Android™

Open Source!

©

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:49

11. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


Moral: Don't use your phone at work.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:14 4

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


But what happens when you use your phone to work?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 23:43

65. nothingmuch (Posts: 181; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Apparently hazardous cause those with new iphones will get dizzy and fall out of their cubicle into the isle! !! Lol
I can imagine those driving to work that text behind the wheel.. WATCH OUT!!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:56 1

13. Muzhhur (Posts: 248; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


So then we can say that iphones catch you on sick???

thats 'cause we all know the iphone should be better :p

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:12 3

14. PhonePhazer47 (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


funny !!... ive been noticing since i downloaded ios7. ive been having slight headaches looking at the screen. too much damm white and grey ....

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 18:24 5

17. deathbydesigner (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


The first second I started using iOS 7 I made a comment saying how sick all the animations of the software makes me. I wish there was a way to shut it off just like on Android plus the performance of my 5S would increase as well.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:25

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This was your third post and it was a worthy one.

+1.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:09

21. AfterShock (Posts: 2889; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Maybe a reversal of these white back ground screens might happen, I cant stand them.
Both apple and Google are going this route, or gave gone in apple's case, and I think it sucks for night viewing, which is more common in dark winter months.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:31

28. AfterShock (Posts: 2889; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Another thought, didn't we just read about how rolling back the os was being blocked?

Is that not a bit extreme by users to avoid the parallax effect?
Flock mentality of non tech savvy perhaps?
Good thing there's an electric fence after all.
:)

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:38

32. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Haven't seen it in person yet but the vids I've seen of it do mess with your vision some. Only questions I have about are how is battery life with it on and is this something you could simply get used to over time?

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 19:50 3

33. nothingmuch (Posts: 181; Member since: 03 May 2013)


WOW! OMG! a small change to the visuals has these people dizzy, no wonder iphanz dont like android, its tooooo much, its like the rotary dial for these people gets em all discombobulated to tap an icon!

Sorry but this is hilarious, you iphanz want more and to be better and fancier than all others but cant LWP!!

hey, better yet, lets make this public to let everyone know how Apple is making people sick! Its tooo funny

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:52

49. nothingmuch (Posts: 181; Member since: 03 May 2013)


I had to tube it and see for myself, I got to admit its frikin awesome looking, I'd buy that for a $1

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:01

39. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


"Can Phonearena's stories become less relevant?"

Title fixed.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:23 1

45. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3022; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I really don't understand how this could be happening.
Have they ever gone out for a 3D movie? What happens to them? Did they faint there? Did they puke?
I mean, how big is an iPhone that your entire head loses it's senses into it?
I have had head spins while playing computer games, but that is because i'm looking at a 15-20 inch screen. This is just too funny...

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 22:36

74. mattkl (Posts: 176; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


You don't seem to be able to understand that the feature on the iPhone is not anything like the technology for 3d movies.

You are just too funny.....

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 20:56 1

51. amiaq (Posts: 495; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I told you that phone is evil, it is messing with your mind. Look at the iphans!!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 21:00 2

52. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Oh noes!!! Call the whaaaambulance.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 21:08 3

53. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Someone call the iAnimal doctor!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 21:37

58. taikucing (unregistered)


hahaha

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 05:38

73. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Hahahahahahahahaha!
Unfortunately, more than 10 million peeps will purchase the next iphone in the first sales weekend.
Obviously the mind-messing gadgets win.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 22:11 1

64. werthedroids (Posts: 60; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


I LOLed so hard when I read this! I mean I can understand people are sensitive. I don't blame them. but it's just SAD how they're stuck w/ it ( you can turn off parralax, but you can't turn off or even speed up the animations). A classical example how Apple wants to lock us down, even in exchange for people's health.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 00:32

67. xtroid2k (Posts: 427; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Wow!!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 05:08 1

69. taikucing (unregistered)


Apple itself is a sickness! Just saying

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 05:32

72. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Too bad this is happening!
I believe apple will issue an update to reset and fix this problem if iphone users can make a little more loud complaint concerning this.
Funny reading all those laugh-worthy comments above.
Sounds a bit ironic to associate iphone with lag, but it is actually the present reality with ios 7.

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