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Poll results: Do you like where Apple is heading with iOS 7?

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Poll results: Do you like where Apple is heading with iOS 7?
We asked you to comment recently if iOS 7 was everything you hoped for, or you thought Apple is just playing catch up still. Needless to say, there were a bunch of heated arguments for and against, and more than 3000 respondents chimed in.

With 51.45% of the vote, preference was given to the statement that with iOS 7 Apple has introduced features that should have been there long ago, and other mobile operating systems have had for a good while now. 

Here's a good argument for this camp, made by our reader HichTechToid:

Let's be real here; Apple didn't really do anything with iOS that its competitors aren't already doing that would make someone from the competition go 'hey, I think I'll switch.' All they did today is make their most loyal customers or those who are too deeply engaged in the Apple ecosystem happy. The lock screen is almost an exact duplicate of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (irony?). Multitasking is basically webOS with HTC's Android interface. Control Center is something they should have had years ago anyway. Notification center and the fact that everything is now 'opaque' is just one of the more popular jailbreak apps for iPhone (IntelliScreenX) that they tried to position as their own. They took a shot at Samsung with Airdrop, but ironically again Samsung phones can send files to each other without having to 'bump' (bumping is just another convenience option option).

Really, the only thing I liked was what they did with the calendar and activation lock, because I live off of my calendar. And even their calendar looks to be shortlived since Any.Do has their calendar that looks just as nice coming out. But, in the end, it's the same OS with some features they've needed for years now anyway and with a theme. I don't consider a theme a "redesigned" UI, but that's a personal opinion.

I was hoping Apple was going to be more competitive and they weren't. I do not regret one bit buying my GS4, as Apple didn't do anything today that would make me want to switch.

The rest of you were pretty pleased with Sir Jony Ive's redesign, and the abundance of new functionalities that are coming down the pipe to make your trusted iPhone feel like a brand new device. This side also has some pretty compelling arguments, well described in the comment of reader OnlyiPhone:

People please stop with all the iOS is playing catch up and iPhones suck stuff. The reveal for iOS7 was not about stealing looks and features from WP or Android because for the die hard iOS fans they don't care. The other OS's out there are good as well actually great and so is iOS. Yes Android has features first but thats not always good because google just puts it in a software release and leaves it up to the manufacturers of the phones to implement it in a way that will work good without killing the phone or slowing it down. I like Apples approach they are about the consumer experience not the competition. Sure you can just throw feature in every year and say hey here you go, but no that's not Apple. They find a way to really make it work not at the expense or usability and battery life and that's what ultimately the consumers needs. Every OS is great in there own way I myself have had phones other than iPhones and they were great but my preference is iOS it just works for me not everybody else just me. So let us iOS fans not fanboys I'm not a fanboy because I give praise where praise is due no matter what the OS is. I am merely a person that likes iOS and to an iOS user these features are new and welcomed. Us iOS users could care less about what Andorid or WP had first because if we did we would go get one. So just let us iOS users for once just be happy with the new iOS features without people that could care less about iOS saying oh this has been out on other OS's for years when we don't care we have not had it and we have it now and that is all we care about.

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Do you like where Apple is heading with iOS 7?
48.55%
1478 votes
(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

3044 votes

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posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:39 23

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6254; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


And here it is. 51% says that Apple is trying too hard too catch up with others. Transparent is already on LG devices.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:50 6

7. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


I originally thought Apple was playing catch-up as well, but i've noticed a trend with everyones statements. Everyone has said "Ha, LG has this already, Samsung has this already, BlackBerry has that already, Windows phone has that, etc.". Name one device that has everything?? Android is as close as it gets, but none of them have everything. Apple has closely monitored what works for every other OS and implimented it on their own. Innoative thinking? Not exactly, but that know how to supple a device that has every feature it's customers want. It's actually pretty smart if you ask me.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:28 10

20. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 30; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Apple doesn't have everything either. There are still plenty of Android features iOS doesn't have. No device has all the features.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 15:33

49. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 157; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Not all, but definitely most.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:23

57. TechWorld_Observer (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


Actually, you're correct. Remember the first iPhone? No really innovation as there were many features already on contemporary phones at the time, but Apple was able to put the top features from each phone into the iPhone, not real innovation, right? simple, any company COULD do it, but never did.
A TV screen, an existing circuit board, a few other existing components, they just put them all together into one product... the PC. All easy, no true innovation at this. What's the lesson?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 19:44

66. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Symbian has them all. It's not as modern, but it can do all (and more) of what the others can, excepting that involving higher-resolution screens or huge processing power (although the 808 PureView can do some pretty sweet stuff with its relatively "outdated" silicon)

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:05 1

12. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


You have to admit, 49% positive vote on this (or any other) tech forum is VERY impressive.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:27 2

19. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


See my comment #11 below. They framed the question so that a 50/50 vote was the obvious conclusion. There was no neutral option.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 18:08

64. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Lol
iPhonearena for iphone user...

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:39 2

33. selena1000 (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


40% of of 51% are the ones who have never even used an iphone before and just like to dislike everything apple does
everyone knows thats ios 7 is going to be a huge hit and will be downloaded on more than 90% of ios devices compared to hardly 20% who have latest version of android on there devices

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:58 2

45. iushnt (Posts: 614; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


If you know then 2 yrs old android is better than ios7 in terms of features..and there are many cheap crap android products that can never run latest updates..even though 20% android of total android devices runs jellybean those 20% will account more than that 90% of ios devices that run latest iosnas you know android has really huge market share..

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:42 15

2. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Lol...the new ios looks like a mix between tron and Kirbys dreamlamd

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:44 4

3. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Putting aside the cartoonish icons, It is an improvement, but NOT enough. Nothing new to me when compared to other OS.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:45 7

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


iOS 7 is basically iOS 4, 5, and 6 with a colorful theme. The refresh is nice, but the fragmentation in the ecosystem is there but of course Apple covers it up.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:48 1

5. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


Whoa! A very close fight.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:50

6. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Lol correct result!!

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:51 15

8. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


"People please stop with all the iOS is playing catch up and iPhones suck stuff. The reveal for iOS7 was not about stealing looks and features from WP or Android because for the die hard iOS fans they don't care"

You were the loudest when the court case with Apple and Samsung was going on, Apple patented every single bit of movement on iOS which they stole from others, so now you can STFU! and see what your beloved company is all about, they steal on a major level.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:38 4

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6254; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


We know that already. Apple still can't get throught heir THICK PATENTED head. They are running out of ideas so they think they can make it look cooler than everyone else. which isn't true. I know we CAN'T stop them from everything they PATENT cause it already exist.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:06 1

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 10540; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Another stupid comment, that made no sense.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:42 1

41. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


sheep, Go eat grass somewhere

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:47 1

44. darkkjedii (Posts: 10540; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nope I think I'll stay rite here. That stuff doesn't work on me.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:16 3

54. TechWorld_Observer (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


Actually shouldn't YOU be the one who should go away and leave "the sheep" behind since this (iOS) is something that would concern them and not you. Or what? I think there's a sheep under that big wolf mask for every single iOS critic here or else they wouldn't be here. Fact: the sheep know who they belong to!

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 17:17 1

62. darkkjedii (Posts: 10540; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Post of the day honors go to.......................TechWorld_Observer!!!
He's on an iOS article telling iOS users to go somewhere else lol...wowwwwww +1 TW_O

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:54 2

9. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Do you like where Apple is heading with iOS 7?"

I don't like where Apple is heading since I think that Apple is heading to copy features which other Mobile Operating Systems already have for many years. Also I think that apart Multitasking, Notification Center and Control Center, Apple did nothing significant. Talking about new iOS 7 User Interface, I think that it is fail.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:55 4

10. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well real iOS users are happy the only ones not happy of course are the haters.. but we all know they'll hate regardlesss, and is ok to defend your OS, just as we defend ours

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:13 7

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"well real iOS users are happy the only ones not happy of course are the haters.. "

It seems that you are short-minded person if you think that there is only two options, love or hate.

"but we all know they'll hate regardlesss, and is ok to defend your OS, just as we defend ours"

Do you realize that you just have admitted that you defend it just because it is as you say "your" OS? Of course it is your choice, but in my opinion it is silly to deny the reality just because it is "your" OS even if it was total flop.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:22 1

16. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wel first of all. hi, is been a while since U responded to me,..

for me yes love or hate. it's copmplicated is not an option for me as I know what I want...

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:30 2

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Hello, gallitoking! Yes, It was long time. :)

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:22 1

17. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


"Do you realize that you just have admitted that you defend it just because it is as you say "your" OS?"

You seem to think he would defend iOS even if it were a complete flop. But since that's not likely to happen, that isn't how I read his comment. He said it's ok to defend your chosen platform, and it's ok for him to defend his. That sounds pretty fair to me.

Fanboys will be fanboys, haters will hate, and trolls will troll. Some of us are trying to see the whole picture, not just the love/hate.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:51

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"He said it's ok to defend your chosen platform, and it's ok for him to defend his."

Yes, he has said that, but you have skipped the first part of his sentence, he also has used word REGARDLESS!
Do you think it is adequate behavior to defend "your" OS no matter what even if it is REGARDLESS to reality?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:58

61. greathero1 (Posts: 460; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I think you might have misunderstood Gallo dude. He seems to be speaking in terms of iOS7 and not this overly broad generalization that you are making it out to be.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:28

37. Hallucinator (Posts: 340; Member since: 24 May 2010)


What people like you fail to realize is that some of us actually very much enjoy IOS. I have used every platform extensively and I just happen to prefer IOS. I know it's hard to believe but there are people out there. Quite a few to be honest, that just do not like Android. It doesn't make me right or wrong.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:33

39. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Does I say something opposite? :)

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:42

42. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I know what you're getting at - WHAT IF iOS/iPhone design went completely to crap and got horrible reviews? Would Apple fanboys still defend it? And you ask if Gallito and others would. But that's a BIG "what if". I don't think they would, but based on past history, Apple isn't going to let that happen in the first place.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 19:54

67. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Oh neat, I just realized what your picture is actually showing, PhoneArenaUser.
Awesome :D

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 09:55 7

11. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


PhoneArena essentially rigged the results by how they framed the responses. If there were three choices:
1. I love it! This will make the iPhone #1 again!
2. I hate it. They made iOS look like a cartoon.
3. The design is OK, and I'm glad they added new features, but it's nothing Android hasn't had for years.

I would bet (1) gets no more than 20% of the votes. The majority of us are pretty indifferent on iOS 7.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:05

13. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


Apple just seems lost without jobs. He may not have been the actual innovator, but the products put out under Jobs' watch were innovative and impeccable.

Under cook many of their projects seem rushed an unfinished: maps, radio, iOS 7....

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 20:02

68. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


I wouldn't say they were innovative or impeccable, but definitely more competitive than the recent fluff coming from cupertino.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:15 1

15. sergiobr (Posts: 402; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Who cares for Apple ?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:26 3

18. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


You commented on the article, and 3000 people voted.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:37 1

22. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


First of all iPhone users don't care if those features were already on android devices, if we did we would have made the switch to android a long time ago. With apple adding those features to iPhone, it just give us another reason to stay with our iPhones

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:54 1

27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


So you like to have this features in your iPhone?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:02

28. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


yeah I would not complain if they're added. i'm glad they're finally adding the quick toggle for settings

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:16 1

30. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Does these features are important to you?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:22

31. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


which?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 12:29

38. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Which was added to iOS 7: Multitasking, Notification Center and Control Center?

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:26

58. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


The only thing thats important to me is the control center. The rest is also welcomed

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:42 1

24. Slammer (Posts: 991; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I don't think Apple is doing anything different than what they have always done. Everyone talks about how concise the OS is. This has been the strong point since day one. For 30 years, Apple has always maintained a level of accuracy when supporting their direction and operation of their OS while making little tweaks here and there. In the end, it didn't matter. Society eventually discovered other choices. Apple has retained so much control over their current users that history does indeed repeat itself. Apple is in a far better position than years ago(Thanks to the overwhelming success of the iPhone), but I don't feel this change in the aesthetics of the UI is enough to keep Apple in high regards for a lengthy time.

Apple's most prolific moments were when Steve Jobs held the top positions during Apple's tenure. He had the persona and sales techniques to pitch the products he envisioned. Any person to keep Apple in the same element of surprise and inertia of momentum, would have to not only believe in Apple, but also be Apple. Sadly, only Steve was able to live the Apple status. He was Apple. It was built around him as he built it.

John B.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:04 1

29. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


I kind of like the redesign... It's definitely a breath of fresh air, but I think it looks kind of inconsistent. Looking at Ray S' preview of iOS 7, iI agree with what he has to say about the looks. Either way, iPhone owners should be happy to get a refresh. However, someone like my mom who has an iPhone might get confused by some of the UI changes, but time will tell if users have troubles with the new UI or not.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 11:27 2

32. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Love that they are basically ripping off pieces of WP and Droid.. so they will have no foot to stand on when they go to court. Everyone gives MS crap for making a huge change, at least they were inventive. Apple has proven they have gotten stale fast.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 16:52

60. greathero1 (Posts: 460; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


The refresh looks very nice and is very welcolmed. The added functionality is also great as well. They did a great job with refining an already great operating system. Can't wait to get my hands on it this fall.

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 18:57

65. roscuthiii (Posts: 1786; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Looks like an almost even split... guess the guy who called out the redesign as polarizing was on the money.

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