iOS7: Ups and Downs

Maddie DePaoli

M. DePaoli


Along with what seems like a constant stream of new products hitting the shelves year after year, Apple is now keeping its customers on the cutting edge of technology by releasing new versions of its iOS operating system.

The latest release, iOS-7 announced in September and by now downloaded by millions of people worldwide, created one of the biggest consumer tech-buzzes of 2013.

But is iOS-7 all it’s cracked up to be? What sets it apart from the previous version? Does it come with any headaches? (Answer: Yes, quite literally). Let’s take a closer look.

iOS-7 is available for the iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, and the 5th generation iPod touch. Since it is an update, it completely free of cost, but does take a while to download.

The main difference Apple users will see is the new layout, Apple has gone for a very simple interface and a bright color scheme. The font is sleeker and apps are as minimalistic as they can get. Some may find it boring and almost childish, but others find it to be very modern and futuristic.

How many new features does iOS 7 include? According to Apple, over 200, but here are some of the big ones:

– Itunes radio, very similar to pandora except you can buy the songs you listen to

– Time saving control center slides up from the bottom of the screen. Has easy to access basic settings such as brightness and WiFi, along with shortcuts to a flashlight, calculator, camera, and timer

– Air Drop is a new feature that allows users to send pictures, documents, contacts, and more to nearby devices through bluetooth and WiFi

– Photos are now organized by “moments” based on date, time, and location. Also, camera includes filters and a square mode for instagram users

– Siri is now available in a male voice, default searches to Bing, and can pull in results from Wikipedia and Twitter

The downside

There are many reasons why you should download iOS 7, but what are the downsides?

First, the battery life is horrible. If you are an avid user, you have a high chance of your phone or any other device dying during the day. Not all apps are compatible yet and the new keyboard doesn’t work with everything. Also, the camera tends to take blurry pictures since the shutter speed has increased. Some users have even reported that iOS7 has made them sick.

As always there will be bugs, but in time iOS 7 should be just fine.

Some people may notice the uncanny similarities between iOS 7 and Android. The lock screens both have a large digital clock and simple swipe to unlock button. The handy swipe up control center is like the one Android has had for a while, along with showing previews of apps open when in multitasking mode.

Is iOS 7 right for you? If you aren’t one of the many that have already downloaded iOS7 and are skeptical, think about it. You can’t downgrade if you don’t like the design, so wait a while and listen to what people say about it and for bugs to get fixed. For all we know, Apple might have something new coming out sooner than we think.

Like maybe next week …

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