It seems that iPhone users across the globe aren’t responding well to Apple’s much anticipated software update, iOS7. Fans took to the Apple Facebook page with very few kind words, like Chris Nottingham who called it “the worse update ever iOS 7 is truly terrible reckon my 6 year old girl could have designed a better looking layout!” (obviously to enraged for punctuation marks) or Chiara Oxley saying “iOS 7 looks like windows 95. It’s not an iPhone update it is horrible. Give us the choice to select which style we prefer more. I hate it and am seriously considering switching so an android platform.” Ouch. The list of complaints go on and on, and unfortunately they didn’t fare any better on Twitter. So why all the rage?
One of the first problems was that many people couldn’t download it in the first place. A lot of users simply got a “Software Update Failed” message while others said they could connect to the iTunes Store to update apps. And when they did finally manage to download it, many struggled to install it. This could all be due to a traffic overload, and CNET reminds users that this update is much larger than previous versions from Apple, ranging from 600MB for older iPhone and iPad users up to 935MB for users on Apple’s fourth-generation iPad. Users also need a lot of free memory for the update to install.
So what about those who managed to install it?
Most people didn’t like the new look of the app, with many comparing it to that of competitors like Android. People commented that the appearance looked flat and outdated and that the fonts and icons were unattractive (to put it mildly). People also complained that the update made it difficult to see things on the phone when outside, and that the white type was hard to read against the gray background.
So what now?
Don’t throw your iPhone out the window yet. Most digital editors believe that once you get use to the new operating system, it works pretty well. Here are some of the top updates:
The Shortcuts Drawer is one of the most talked about features, which gives you easy access to your most used settings like turning Wi-Fi on or off with a single touch or adjusting the phones brightness (Android users will recognize many of these functions), or turning on the LED flashlight.
The slide down notifications panel has been divided into three sections: Today, All, and Missed, with Today drawing info from your calender and things like the weather, while Missed shows notifications you haven’t acted on yet.
Safari has changed quite a bit. You can navigate by swiping left to go back and right to go forward. You can open up to 9 tabs at once. If you open your tab switcher you’ll see them stacked up. To kill tabs, throw them off the left side of the screen.
Closing applications is also easier. You still double tap the home screen to access running applications, but instead of tapping to close them, you simply swipe up.
To search your phone, you now have to swipe downwards on your home screen (from somewhere in the middle, not from the top) to summon the Notifications panel. Unfortunately Spotlight no longer searches Google or Wikipedia, so you’ll have to do that in Safari.
The camera has some cute new features. To switch from shooting photos to video, swipe right from anywhere inside the app. To shoot a panorama or square photo (for Instagram), swipe left. The app also has live filters that can be applied before taking the photo.
You now have iTunes radio which creates playlists based on algorithms or songs you like. You can tell it to play only well-known hits, or set it to “Discovery” to listen to new music.
Your email has a few new features. Delete emails by swiping right to left and tapping the Trash button. Send it to the Spam folder by swiping right to left, tapping more and then selecting Junk. To leave your inbox and go to your Mailboxes area, swipe right or tap the blue arrow in the top left corner.
Call someone straight from your message app simply by tapping the contact button at the top of the message.
FaceTime now does voice calls, which basically means you can do normal audio calls using the internet connection instead of your minutes.
You can set apps to update automatically. App updates will now be indicated by a square block surrounded by a circle.
Increase your text size when writing an SMS simply by dragging the Text Size slider from left to right.
There are new ringtones: 13 text tones and 25 ringtones. You can still access previous tones under the “Classic” banner.
Hopefully once people get the hang of things there will be less hating. Or maybe not. Either way, iOS7 is here to stay so you might as well get use to it.
Thanks wired.com for all the tips.