iOS 7 Review
0. phoneArena 18 Sep 2013, 11:54 posted on
We've waited patiently, and now the time has come for Apple to reward us with a brand new iOS experience. iOS 7 is here, and while the latest version of Apple's mobile platform has been met with mixed feelings by critics, Apple has made it clear that this is the way it's going to be - like it or now. So...
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2. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
NEEDS WIFI?! I'M NOT NEAR WIFI! YOU SAID IT WAS OTA!!
9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
They lied. Of course, they could have meant OTAOWF....
12. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
For real! OTA and 'Connected to Wi-Fi' are most certainly two separate things!
45. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Not if you are Apple. Apple has restricted true OTA updates to small updates from the get-go. Why would they change? Look how long it took them to put a rudimentary notification center into iOS. Be glad they are releasing iOS 7.
48. Chaseism (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 May 2013)
Might have to do with your carrier. The file is about 700MB large...if you don't have an unlimited plan, I don't think your carrier will want you doing that OTA...
57. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Unlimited plan is definitely a plan the carrier doesn't want you downloading an O/S upgrade on. The only time a carrier wants you to download an O/S upgrade is when there is the potential for you to get billed for exceeding the bucket.
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10443; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Apple did a great job with iOS 7 despite the negative feedback it got.
27. stealthd (unregistered)
I don't think fanboy bickering really counts as negative feedback.
31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10443; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I forgot to mention websites. Should have clarified that a little more.
70. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
The UI is too damn white and the UI reminds me of Samsung in some ways. Seriously someone loves Technicolor with a mix of acid over in Cupertino.
90. c.hack (Posts: 603; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Most of it is from fandroids still running one of the many versions of gingerbread that will never see an update on their obsolete 6 month old phone. Droid X2 or Bionic anyone?.
I think its awesome my 2 year old iPhone 4S got an OS update and still runs like new. You'll never see that with a droid.
10. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
So jealous. I won't have Wi-Fi access for another 4 hours!
29. Sakeem (Posts: 429; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
Luckily I am at work. Actually upgrading one of the office Ipads and leaving the other one on 6 to make my own comparisons. 1 hour remaining.
49. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Too bad they didn't better equip the iPod Touch 4, or else I would be enjoying it, sad. Time for an upgrade maybe?
67. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Probably the 5th gen iPod Touch. Or maybe I'll retire my iPod and get the 5th gen iPad/2nd gen iPad mini.
36. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12503; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
It's probably for the best. Only tmobile and sprint offer unlimited data while everyone else is capped. The amount of data used to download a super advanced OS is probably too much for a cellular connection to handle.
86. gentleman559 (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)
Verizon is NOT even close to the fastest. I have T-Mobile and my internet speeds blow Verizon out of the water. Might want to rethink your comment. ;-)
66. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
Good time for a change! Love the attention to detail.
Guys! How about the battery life? Is it good?
55. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
Be Warned.... Many of us 'download' the update well enough but everything fails once it gets to the 'verification' stage.
My iPhone 5 iOS7 update had FAILED at the exact same point over 20 times already and neither my iPad Mini nor iPad 4 even get that far.
I'd recommend trying again in a few days so as to avoid the hassle of trying to update on release day.
59. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
There was a similar verification problem with iOS 4. The verification server went on holiday and refused all verification requests. More than one iPhone and iPad got bricked in that iteration. I am surprised Apple didn't learn from that experience.
64. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
Finally Got it To Install... So Far, So Meh?
I'm hoping that there's way to turn off all the needless zooming in and out and other visual distractions as they really make the entire UI feel disconcertingly laggy.
65. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
I don't remember him saying anything got bricked
72. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I was referring to bricking that occurred during the verification problems with the iOS 4 upgrade. If phones/pads are bricking during the iOS 7 upgrade Apple did not learn from their past problems.
8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Sounds like a work-in-progress. 8.5 is probably an appropriate score.
78. mobilefuture (Posts: 214; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
8.5 is acceptable if you consider it only as an upgrade to iOS 6. if you compare it to android....then it's a little unfair :/ although i'm still not sure what updates 4.3 had brought :/
16. fuzzkage (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)
to bad i use h2o prepaid service i will have to wait for the jailbreak to have access to mms services :( ...
18. alaahershy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)
If Steve was still alive , iOS 7 will never be like this .....
R.I.P Steve jobs
23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10443; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Yeah, it would look the same for 7 years in a row. UI overhaul was long overdue.
33. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
i agree that Jobs would not have passed ios7, as is. he loved skueomorphism. it was his dream for the desktop. i think he thought of the 'desktop' environment. Apple, of course, lives on without Steve, but if anyone thinks Apple is at all on the same path there is a disconnect between them, and reality.
not that Apple is worse off, as if you come to a fork in the road, neither path is right of wrong. you can either look at the forest or look at the tees, i believe Apple, now, is looking at the trees. Jobs took note of the forest.
84. pml122689 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)
I totally agree. Some of the functionality is nice though most of the changes seem unnecessary (almost like they're trying to attract and appease droid users) but I feel like my phone screen looks like a child's toy now. Doesn't feel like apple to me.
32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10443; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Hundreds and millions of Android users.
34. tedkord (Posts: 10915; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
People who have actually used them and realize how useful they are.
Here's a partial list of some of the things that rabid iFans didn't care about in the past:
Notification drop down
Quick setting toggles
40. Sakeem (Posts: 429; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
Good point. Sometimes you don't care about something until you have access to it. That goes for both sides.
71. Nimpuz (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)
Yeah, when Android tried to implement things that iOS had had first they would call Android a cheap copycat OS.
But when it's vice versa iFans would say "Android isn't the first who put that in their OS, you know..."
So much for logic...
43. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Most people I know have widgets on their Android phones but don't really use them for anything, myself included. They look nice, but aside from that not very important.
50. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The only widget I use just for aesthetic reasons is the stock 4.2 analog clock on my main home screen. Otherwise, I use widgets pretty regularly. That's just me though.
47. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Widgets are for people who are too lazy to open a app. We didn't care about those features because they were on android.
52. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Nah widgets are for people who dnt have time to scroll through millions of app pages. If you owned a car shop would you remove tires with a basic tire iron or freakin power tool? Exactly....
62. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
That is a terrible excuse. I'm pretty sure a widget would not give you all of the features of the actual app.
68. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
An excuse is not using any at all. I have a hotspot widget. You only need to setup your hotspot settings once. My hotspot widget makes it easier to turn on and off. Same thing with my data widget. Along with the traditional android power bar that controls brightness,wifi,Bluetooth,etc.
69. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
I thought all of that would be in the notification center. If swiping down from the top of the screen is too much, then that is just being lazy
73. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
On Android, when using custom launcher, mostly, it just swipe down from the homescreen/Apps Drawer.
No big deal. Prefer notification center on 4.0.4, just click it on the right bottom and the notification center pop up.
Btw, it is iOS article now.
Widget? Only using time, calendar and switch widget. No need weather.
81. mobilefuture (Posts: 214; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Actually Sense UI doesn't have connectivity toggle options in the drop down menu bar so it's pretty helpful, the stock power tool bar :)
80. mobilefuture (Posts: 214; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Actually they are useful. I don't even have to open my App drawer anymore. Unlock my phone and everything is right where i need it. More easy to operate my phone :)
37. LG_is_the_best (unregistered)
I don't like apple, but I'm still jealous my one, and only iOS device (iPod Touch 4) won't get iOS7
39. Legnaldo (Posts: 62; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I do like the overall look of the new iOS I just wish they went in a different direction than almost purely cosmetic. Dont get me wrong I think its great they finally added the quick settings area but if your going to put all that money in R&D you would think that they could have brought something truly unique and new to the table in terms of features. At least for those who are still diehard Apple fans it shouldn't be that hard for them to get used to it. I'll be waiting to see what they bring to the table next year I guess.
41. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
I can't imagine being a itard... lmao!
56. Ikechukwu (Posts: 201; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
Honestly I can't either. Just saying, don't hate me.