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Do you like where Apple is heading with iOS 7?

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Do you like where Apple is heading with iOS 7?

No matter what you think about the new iOS 7 interface and features, one thing is for certain - Sir Jony Ive, Apple's lead designer, really shook things up in the software department since he started coordinating the fusion with hardware last year. In Apple's own words about the new design:

Simplicity is often equated with minimalism. Yet true simplicity is so much more than just the absence of clutter or the removal of decoration. It’s about offering up the right things, in the right place, right when you need them. It’s about bringing order to complexity. And it’s about making something that always seems to “just work.” When you pick something up for the first time and already know how to do the things you want to do, that’s simplicity.


The new iOS 7 looks modern, clean and elegant, with generous usage of white backgrounds which, naturally, make everything else pop. Well, we guess Apple is not using OLED screen tech any time soon with all this white in the interface.

Apple says that "ultimately, redesigning the way it works led us to redesign the way it looks" about iOS 7, as it also introduced all the features iPhone and iPad users have been longing for since the 2007 inception. Things like multitasking for all apps, sending files over the air, real command and notification centers, rich camera app - it's all arrived and then some, with new features like Air Drop or the iTunes Radio streaming service. 

That's why we wanted to ask you if iOS 7 was everything you hoped for, or you think that Apple is just playing catch up still. Tick the poll checkmark, and sound off in the comments with your arguments.

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Do you like where Apple is heading with iOS 7?
48.55%
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(1478 votes) Yes, iOS 7 is like a bright new player now, yet with nearly a million apps from the box
51.45%
1566 votes
(1566 votes) No, the interface seems off, and the new features are just catching up with the rest

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posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:32 56

1. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Can I like where Apple is headed, but also feel they're only catching up to Android and WP?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:37 56

7. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


I would say stealing not catching up :)

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:40 9

10. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Multitasking seems a pretty obvious additon to me, seeing how it's been available on PCs forever and ever. It's only news because the iPhone was missing that feature for so long.

So what we're seeing is the convergence of Android, WP8, and iOS features... leveling the playing field.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:45 7

13. shamashu9 (Posts: 142; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


they shouldn't call it "innovation" or something new if the face is just a copy cat since outer looks create first impression.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 19:54 3

54. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Plus Apple has the nerve to smack talk against Android but then takes features from them.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:18 9

26. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


They wait and watch what other giants bring to the market. And then after couple of years they merge all those features together and say "Innovation".

What a shame.....

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:04 3

38. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


@AnTuTu: Isn't that a description of what samsung did when it released its galaxy line? Apple had just "made the bed" when samsung decided to intrude the slumber party ...

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:59 4

43. wildfiregt (Posts: 167; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Samsung was sued mainly for the design of the phones
Otherwise they would sue Google for Android
Can you tell what samsung stole from apple ? Design ? b**** please

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 21:22 1

57. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Visual voicemail, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, fine scrubbing, S Voice, Android's web browsers are based on Apple's webkit (I believe), pinch zoom, rubber-band effect, clock application, calculator application, home button + power button to screen shot, etc etc...and yes design. Don't forget Samsung had a 130 page document comparing the iPhone to the Samsung phones and no other document was found for any other smartphone maker. Don't pretend that Samsung doesn't borrow from other companies.

And in terms of developer options, Google is continuously releasing tools mimicking what Apple releases during its conferences like bluetooth pairing for games, in-app purchases, and just recently syncing options across multiple smartphones and tablets. Does this not constitute "catching-up?"

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 03:46 3

63. androidrocks (Posts: 62; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


so you mean to say phones prior to iphone did not have any of these features?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 22:28

59. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


They've always done that. It's just about their sole modus operandi

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:50 2

33. huzle19 (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


u mad bro u need an iphone.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 18:16 2

46. maulgandhi (unregistered)


This is more like Android and Webos period. You can't called this innovation.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 00:47

61. Trex95 (Posts: 938; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Stealing LOl Android copy and steal the whole idea from IOS, Symbian and WP.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 04:20 2

65. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Afta this update i am seeing Apple will Closely watch the Next release of Android 5.0 KLP ...& next year they will copy the features in iOS 8 & call it innovation & will sue samsung for having these features in 5.0...Makes me Laugh at Apple ....how low can they get !!!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:54 8

19. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


The messaging interface is like Blacberry's flow smh

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:56 6

20. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 210; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


Yeaaah! And old UI and iconography of iOS was not very customizable and was already boring. And voila! iOS 7 just made it a lot more boring this time! Great. Just great! :/

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:58 1

23. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


More or less my thoughts.

As much as I like to rag on them, they legitimately added some good features. Yes, none of them are groundbreaking (every other OS has an equivalent...), but iOS7 isn't missing nearly as much as iOS6 was. The UI is actually a big improvement. Not crazy about the icons, but everything else looks pretty. Still wouldn't buy an iPhone (I hate Apple's legal policies).

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:57

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


It should head down south option

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posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:01

37. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I completely agree. They caught up a lot in one go though. Still have work to do, but definitely starting to move in the right direction again. It has me seriously considering staying with iOS instead of going back to Android this fall.

On an aside note...did they just get rid of the down-voting on here? Hopefully that will temper some of the trolls.... I don't think it will...but yeah.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:37 3

41. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


iOS 7 is just like iOS of old with "flat" icons that are larger & more colorful than before. It's HEAVILY influenced by Android & WP8. It's got some of the best features of each.

It reminds me of the MIUI ROM for Android. Anyone who knows the root scene has been rocking the iOS 7 look for YEARS now on Android especially if they are using MIUI. To me iOS 7 is still inferior to MIUI because MIUI has beed there & done that. It's sad that Apple couldn't make their new iOS 7 be at least original some what.

Android does iOS 7 better than Apple because MIUI LITERALLY has been there & done that before iOS 7 was a twinkle in Tim Cook's eye.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 18:05 1

44. wildfiregt (Posts: 167; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


in fact MIUI rocks, it offers so many other features like themes. Locker, widgets and so on
Just waiting 4.2 release to get it now

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 19:44

53. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


Yep! I'm still a die-hard Android fanboy for several reasons, but I really like iOS 7.
Windows Phone is the one that needs to play the most catch-up now.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 20:00 2

55. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I do like iOS 7 but only because these features were already on Android, WebOS and WP. Features I have gotten use to. Now if only Apple can make a 5" phone and a phablet the copying will be complete.
It's as if Apple cherry picked features from all the mobile operating systems. Hell, I would have done the same.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:33 17

2. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I'm just pleased by the fact that they actually changed it.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:57 1

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


A red from me™

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 19:14 1

48. roldefol (Posts: 4332; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Great. We can look forward to a whole slew of those from now on.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 19:21 2

51. kozza3 (Posts: 702; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


i thumb you down!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:33 12

3. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Pfft, this website has one of the most biased communities I've ever seen (not the writers, despite all the accusations thrown at them)

Don't believe a word of the comments section. Not the one below me, above, or even mine. Just don't.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:36 10

6. stealthd (unregistered)


This commenter is great, give him mad thumbs up!

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