After the smoke has cleared around
Apple's overhauled iOS 7, and we've had enough time to test out and
actually enjoy the new look and features, it's time we finally drew the line. Many of you will have done this already, in
your own way. Giving iOS an objective rating, however, involves a
string of impossibilities, if only because the process in itself is
inherently subjective. For what it counts, we actually like the new
iOS – it sure was about time. And though most negative feedback we've come across involved a knee-jerk reaction, we do acknowledge the fact that not everybody
necessarily feels the way we do.
But, you know what isn't subjective?
Bugs. And though there's certainly a variation to the severity of
different people's reactions to bugs, it's safe to say that nobody
likes them. Unfortunately, iOS 7 is ripe with those, and some could even say that that's the understatement of the year, since it feels like
those are everywhere. Now, don't go making grand conclusions just yet
– while the number of things not working/rendering properly is
pretty significant, for the most part the updated platform is working very well as far as the core functionality/stability of the system is involved.
But hasn't attention to detail long
served as the de-facto motto of Apple? Well, as far as iOS 7 is
concerned, we can confidently say that Apple has lost its touch –
the new OS showcases anything, but attention to detail. It feels rushed and unpolished.
Last Updated: 08/10/2013
iOS 7 bugs and design inconsistencies
iOS 7 bugs and design inconsistencies
Do keep in mind that while we were able to replicate/have come across a pretty fair amount of the bugs you're about to see, there are some that may have been fixed with a newer version. These are almost entirely bugs and design inconsistencies found in iOS 7 itself, and not third-party app which you could argue are also responsible for the way their brainchildren behave.
Ever heard of BSOD? It's the acronym for the popular Blue Screen of Death that on Microsoft's Windows OS meant that a critical error has occurred and the computer needs to shut down.
It appears it's no longer a Microsoft exclusive, so to speak.
Well, what do you know, more blue screens.
4. They call it the Big Bug
Some experimental stuff right there.
A PhoneArena user has emailed us an image of another unexpected bug taking place on his iPhone 5 running iOS 7. This one shows an almost complete loss of the homescreen, which got abducted after the user exited the popular Zedge app. Weird, though in all honesty, weird has been the theme of the software lately.
Lost orientation is a recurring problem with iOS 7.
Text overlapping with borders, buttons and what not, is an issue present throughout the near entirety of iOS 7 in its current state.
As already mentioned, orientation isn't iOS 7's strongest suit -- the status bar, in a surprising move, has chosen to make a home on the bottom.
One of several significant glitches when calls are involved.
Top row notifications overlap the status bar rather significantly.
Alignment of text and graphical content is quite haphazard in iOS 7.
Again, problems with alignment (look closely).
iOS 7 being kind of optimistic about remaining battery life.
Well, that's just sloppy.
Notification counters are being naughty once again.
An overlap hat-trick.
Font is also pretty inconsistent.
Another overlap in the dialer UI
So much overlapping!
Another example of design inconsistency -- note how the music icon changes depending on whether it's clicked or not.
Again, probably the smallest of details, but the Sounds icon is being a rebel.
Another randomly occurring event when overlays simply disappear/malfunction.
There is something wrong with iCloud -- we've seen one too many scenarios where it breaks formation.
Double status bars happen.
Every now and then, icons (1st row, 3rd column) get dimmed.
iOS 7 has a serious case of the overlaps.
This happens pretty consistently on the iPhone 4 during calls and SIM unlocks.
Another inconsistency that we weren't able to figure out. Thoughts?
Happens when you get a call in Spotlight.
Imagine the spoof/fake Changelog possibilities this could open!
After the many, many
bugs and design inconsistencies you just went through (including the
return of the lockscreen bypass), would you say that iOS 7 is a mess,
or simply a work in progress? Us, we are leaning on the
latter – software overhauls, and overhauls as a whole, are a messy
business. But we're most definitely happy that Apple finally went ahead and did it. Of course, as time goes by, so does everyone's
patience for these design and functional aberrations, so we do
hope we won't have to re-visit this subject again, a month or two