Survey: 95% of iOS developers will update their apps to work on iOS 7

Survey: 95% of iOS developers will update their apps to work on iOS 7
A survey conducted of 575 iOS developers reveals that 95% of them will update their current apps to run on iOS 7. The survey was conducted by Craig Hockenberry who developed Twitterrific and if his experience speaks for most developers, you can understand why such a large majority will be updating their work. He called the current version of his app as "feeling old and clunky," but changed his characterization of the app to "stunning" after revising the UI of the app to reflect the changes coming to iOS 7.

Jony Ive's redesigned iOS 7 removes the bright glossy colors with a flatter pastel look. And the skeumorphic icons favored by Scott Forstall and the late Steve Jobs are gone.

While 95% of developers surveyed are going to offer an updated iOS 7 version of their apps, 52% of the same group say that they will update their app so that that it works only on iOS 7. That might end up with some iPhone owners making a tough decision if they don't like iOS 7, but an app that they use often requires it. The problem is that "the depth and breadth of the changes in iOS 7 makes it difficult to support older versions of the OS," according to Hockenberry. On the other hand, if a particular app only runs on iOS 7, those with an older iOS device might have to start to consider upgrading to a new version of the device.


With 94% of iOS users currently running iOS 6, a similarly quick and successful result for iOS 7 is expected. The newest build of Apple's mobile OS will give developers the chance to use AirDrop for wireless content sharing, support for apps using low energy Bluetooth, high frame rate video capture, Inter-App Audio for streaming audio between music apps, and a new Map Kit for navigation. The iOS 7 update will come pre-installed on new iterations of Apple's iOS devices and can be updated on devices as far back as 2010's Apple iPhone 4 and the following year's Apple iPad 2.


source: AppleInsider

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59 Comments

1. Sesameopen

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

50% will make it IOS 7 only? Good fight my iPhone 4. Laggs like crap on Ios 7 beta 4

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Android has become super smooth and iphones keep getting laggier.

10. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

From what I've read, the S4 is pretty laggy and that phone was just released a couple of months ago. The iPhone 4 was released when again?

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I think its touchWiz which makes s4 laggy also i heard nexus 4 is pretty smooth. and of course android need higher specs to run smooth unlike ios and wp. May be key lime pie may change that keep in mind that android have more features than ios and wp combined.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31607; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

His comment was pretty lame, considering Sesameopen said its an ip4 running iOS 7 beta. Shatter likes green thumbs, and will say anything to get em.

45. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Then you've never tried a Nexus 4. That device is really smooth even when compared to the gs4 which has superior specs.

15. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

yup when comparing my 2 years old iphone vs the latest android , they feel like tied now.. not bad for android catching up

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

why is this a Apple vs android flame war again it's just saying app developer are updating their software to iOS 7 and does not concern android users one bit.

29. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

android phones, especially with deep customizations of UI like what samsung has, will lag and even octacore cpu can't bail it out. that is why i'm using nova launcher on a non nexus device just to make it smooth.

34. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Wake up bro , he has iPhone 4 which have been released 3 years ago , of course it will lag

41. Tazer2365

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

"iPhones keep getting laggier" haha that's so funny, have you even used an iPhone 5? Sure an iPhone 4 can be laggy, but that phone was introduced in 2010, 3 years ago. From what I know, an iPhone 5 is pretty fast and can get the job done, you're just biased. Android isn't butter smooth either.

47. selena1000

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

iPHONE keeps getting laggier??? Even an Android user know thats total sh#t

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You mean like the buttery smooth experience of the S4 where users have complained of lag and slowdown?

56. darkkjedii

Posts: 31607; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shatter, you'll say just about anything to get green thumbs huh?

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I suspect that even iP5 will have lag issues with iOS7. True multi-tasking OSs seem to require 2 Mb of RAM to avoid lag.

16. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

True multi tasking OS require 2gb of ram? iOS is totally different than Android which happens to be open source and everyone adds skins on it making it require more and more ram. Plus iOS is built for ONE specific hardware and that hardware is made by same company so software and hardware works perfectly together. iOS will allways require less ram and less cpu power than android. Dont confuse iOS with Android and please don't generalize something that cant be generalized. Its like saying all cars in the world require 200bhp to go 100mph..

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

All cars do require an engine to run. If it is an internal combustion engine, 6 cylinders are better than 4. iOS 7 is going to be pretty close to the definition of true multi-tasking OS. Also, most implementations of Android have been released for ARM class CPU, so your assertion about iOS being released for one specific hardware falls on its face. Please don't generalize something that can't be generalized.

23. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

You are generizlizing two different OS and two different hardware. Quite smart eh? Its same like comparing MAC OS X vs WIN8. They both need same ram to work fine? JUST LOL

28. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ummm. Didn't I read somewhere that Apple's A series chips (the ones that are in the iP toys) are ARM-based? Who is generalizing two different OS and two different hardware? To continue the analogy, OSX and WIn8 both run x86 microcode. Oh, and BTW, try running OSX 10.8 and Win8 Pro on 1 Mb of RAM. Last I read, MS is specing the Surface Pro with 4 Mb RAM. How much RAM is Apple specing a MacBook Air running the Core i5 CPU with? Hint: the number starts with 4....

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Edit: the Core i5 Surface Pro is equipped with 4 Gb (as opposed to Mb) RAM. For some reason, my spell checker doesn't like Gb. Let the debate continue.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31607; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He got you Doug. Martin_Cooper 1 Droid_x_Doug 0.

30. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Mine is smooth as a baby's bottom on Beta 4. There are still some incompatible apps, but Bsta 4 is great.

33. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Your what is running smooth on Beta 4? iP5? 4S? Out of curiosity, which apps are incompatible with Beta 4?

37. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

iPhone 5. I have two that like to crash on iOS 7: Orcish Librarian and IMDB.

39. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Interesting. IMDB is pretty mainstream. Any response from IMDB developer as to why their app crashes? Have you tested any fast-paced action games on Beta 4?

53. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I reinstalled IMDB (I had uninstalled it on Beta 2), and it is working well now. Asphalt 7 Heat works great, as do the rest of my games.

44. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Windows phone runs "True" multi-tasking just fine with a single GB of ram (hell, it runs fine with half a GB of ram). iOS 7 will be fine.

48. papss unregistered

I'm a wp8 fan through and through but it doesn't do true multitasking.. It's more in line with iOS in that regard.

21. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

sam here dude,no live wallpaper..even laggy ,transitions are slow and laggy to

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Apple definitely have noble customers and app developers. ios7 is absolutely a nice improvements over ios7 but the new UI is kinda disappointing, expectations were too high though.

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