iOS 7 round table review: One month later

iOS 7 round table review: One month later

iOS 7 launched a month ago, though in truth many of us have been using it for several months now, counting the beta. Some of the amazing new features have been transformative, and changed the way we use our iPhones and iPads every day. Others... have been buggy and frustrating. So, overall, how has iOS 7 been working for the writers and editors of iMore?

Peter Cohen

Transitioning to iOS 7 was no big deal. Much has been made about the dramatic user interface changes to iOS in this new release, but it's pretty easy to get the hang of, and while icons and lettering look different, most apps fundamentally operate the same way they did before. On the whole, I like the look and feel of iOS 7, though I find some of the embellishments, like parallax-tilting desktop wallpaper and prolific use of zoom effects, to be more distracting than helpful.

Ally Kazmucha

I've actually had iOS 7 installed since the first beta. My impressions haven't changed much since then minus the irritation of bugs. Unlike a lot of people, I like the color schemes and design direction that Apple went with iOS 7. I didn't for the first few days just out of resistance to change (I think it's human nature).

The thing I'm most excited about are all the app updates coming through that inherit iOS 7's design cues and native APIs. It's like experiencing iOS all over again for the first time, and in my opinion, that's a great thing.

Chris Parsons

I've been using iOS 7 since the first beta. Overall, iOS 7 has grown on me but to say I loved it ‘out of the box’ would be a lie. Apple made some dramatic changes with the look and styling that were less than pleasing initially. They’ve made some changes within apps that have essentially forced me to start using 3rd-party solutions. I’m OK with that. Often times those 3rd party solutions are better than the old way anyhow. My biggest gripe with iOS 7 is that while it seems fine on the iPhone 5, it has turned my iPad Mini a steaming pile of lag with some terrible looking fonts wrapped in a beautiful package.

Joe Keller

My thoughts on iOS 7 haven't changed much in the month that I've been using it full-time. I'm still a big fan of the redesign overall, even with some minor qualifications like the width of some lines. It runs very smoothly on my 5s, as quick and responsive as you'd hope.

How developers have responded to iOS 7 has been the most exciting thing so far. The best-looking apps on iOS 7 don't weren't content to just be flatter, but more colorful as well. Apps like Evernote and Vert use color both to bring attention to content and establish a strong visual identity.

The other aspect I enjoy most about iOS 7 is that despite the visual changes, much remains unchanged from the user's perspective. There's really no re-learning that has to occur when moving from iOS 6 to iOS 7, it's just the visual overhaul that takes some getting used to. Most of the truly important changes in iOS 7 are under the hood.

Richard Devine

iOS 7 is a huge step forwards for Apple, a step towards a future we're only just beginning. A lot has been made of the design, and while I don't like some of the icons and color choices, overall I love it. I think it's the best thing to happen to app design on any mobile platform. If apps are updated and haven't been given the iOS 7 glamour treatment, it makes me sad.

One of the things I've been enjoying the most is Control Center. I still believe more can be done with it, but having access to music controls and the flashlight in particular with just a swipe is so convenient it's a joy to use.

Elsewhere, I'm so, so happy that Apple has brought access to iTunes cloud music with iOS 7. I don't subscribe to iTunes Match, and I bought a ton of music over the years that I couldn't stream from the cloud until iOS 7. All the hype was around iTunes Radio, but this is much more important to me.

Derek Kessler

My experience with iOS 7 has been largely positive. As a webOS refugee, it's not surprising how much more I use the double-click home button to jump to the multitasking apps view. The iOS 4-style tray was mostly worthless to me, but by adding the full-app previews and true background multitasking it's become one of my favorite features.

The little physics bits like the active backgrounds and the accordion rebound action in lists like Messages still bring me some delight, but not nearly as much sitting there playing with it happens now as before. There are two other options that have changed how I use the phone: pull down to search in the launcher and Control Center. The latter has allowed me to reprioritize where I put apps for quick access (I no longer need to have Calculator or Camera on a first-tier launcher page). The former has made it that much easier to jump into search. It's kind of like webOS, in that it's available on every launcher page, but it's also just easier to know that I can swipe down and be in search.

I was neutral to positive on the iOS 7 visual design, and while there are some parts that still aren't quite there, once iOS 7-compatible apps started landing in the App Store (and getting pushed automatically to my device, praise be to Cupertino), it all started to gel. Now when I have to go into an app styled in the old iOS style it really stands out.

Also, is anybody else seeing the same much-improved battery life that I am?

Georgia

I have not yet updated to iOS 7. I'll do it eventually, but iOS 6 still works for me and I haven't seen any feature that's made me want to rush into it.

Rene Ritchie

Over the last few months, I've used iOS 7 for hundreds of hours and written tens of thousands of words about it. Needless to say, it's grown on me. It's become my new normal. Going back to iOS 6 (I kept an iPad and iPod touch on it) is like stepping back through time. It's still beautiful, but relics now of an era long past. iOS 7 is the future.

The back gesture in everything from Messages to Notes to Mail to Settings to a bevy of App Store apps is consistent enough that I now notice when it's not implemented. That goes for the entire physicality of the iOS 7. It's beyond delightful.

Some other things have been less consistent. I still don't know when Next Location is going to pop up in Notification Center. Maybe it's my wacky schedule, but it'll be there for a while, then go away, even when I haven't changed locations. Likewise, auto-refresh seems to still be in the process of getting implemented into apps. Sometimes updates are there, sometimes not.

For the most part reboots and re-springs are a thing of the past. The release version has been solid, more solid, in fact, than several earlier versions of iOS. And this is the worst iOS 7 is ever going to be. We're on iOS 7.0.2 already and I'm guessing 7.1 will be here soon enough.

One month in, and I'm even happier with iOS 7 than I was at launch.

Your iOS 7: One month later review?

Whether you've been using iOS 7 since launch, or since the beta, we'd love to hear what your experience has been. How's iOS 7 working for you, one month later?

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, ZEN and TECH, MacBreak Weekly. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter, App.net, Google+.

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Planetary Paul says:

I just noticed the other day that management in iTunes of my iPhone has become very cumbersome. For every move of an icon to another page I have to open a separate, fixed window for that icon and drag it onto a page that is partially covered. I can't select a page to make the drop, it has to happen visible near the opened fixed page. When the drop is made, the open page closes, and I have to open it again for the next move. It's like Apple doesn't want me to use iTunes for managing the layout of my iPhone. Besides, my iPhone shows the white Apple logo several times while syncing, can that be a good thing? Full reboot brings no change.

Plus the fact that I now can no longer do *anything* on my iPhone without my glasses on, despite all the relevant options set in the preferences, makes me conclude that there is quite a lot of fixing to be done in iOS 7 and iTunes, both in the bugs and ergonomy departments.

Hopefully Mavericks fixes some things at the Mac side. We'll see......

brmperc says:

I found a way to go back to iOS 6, as I found iOS 7 to be a horrible, crashy experience. Every once in a while ill use someone else's iOS 7 device and I always find that it's not as smooth as iOS 6. Everything also takes much longer, as there are so many ridiculous animations, etc.
I really feel like 7 was rushed, like it's still an early beta. And I think they have lost some goodwill for trying to tell iPhone 4 users it would work for them. I have a few friends with those, and the phone is pretty much a brick.
I do miss Control Center, but the jailbreak for 6.1.4 will be here soon. I've never done this before, so I guess I can thank Apple for helping me to try something new.
Between an unstable OS, and increasing rumors of a bigger iPhone on its way, I find myself in a bit of a pickle: I usually upgrade every two years, but I have no interest in either iOS 7 or a bigger screen. But there also aren't a lot of alternatives out there. Android is terrible and makes no sense, Windows (shudder), that's about it. iOS 7 looks like a cross between the two. Yuck.

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BellyJean says:

"Android is terrible and makes no sense" .. What a stupid thing to say, how is it terrible? and how does it make no sense? what you just said makes no sense. Android is a fantastic operating system with the customisation iPhone users can only dream of, it's also now very smooth and fluid with many things handled so much better than iOS, such as notifications!

Ipheuria says:

It is all opinion, how can you tell him what to think of Android? He thinks it's terrible and you think it's great that's why there's choice. So he has every right to think and say what he feels of Android.

CORYK333 says:

Aw, how cute, you got a little offended by someone else's opinion of a mobile OS.........FOH clown, go back to Droid Life & wank over the new spec-busting device that will be outdated in 2 weeks. (While I prefer Apple products as my main devices.....I have owned every Nexus phone (bar the GalaxyNexus) since the wonderful OG (HTC)NexusOne bc I like to fiddle here & there, but taking shots at you Android-loving clowns is just too easy. You wannabe geeks get offended by ANYTHING!!)

Hamranhansenhansen says:

Maybe he doesn't like all the malware on Android. If you have been using Apple products for a while, you get used to having zero viruses, and regular system updates that enhance security and privacy and that is really hard to give up.

Carioca32 says:

I strongly advise iPhone 4 users not to upgrade, the experience is terrible, much worse than iOS 6. And honestly, apart from everything being slower, I completery fail to see the revolution described by Rene. Its more of the same, only with some useless hardware-taxing crap. The Calendar is definitely much worse than the one in iOS 6, but I like the new photo app better.

Trappiste says:

iOS7 is just plain too buggy. It is still beta software. This is new normal for Cook's Apple. We just have to get used to eroding quality standards. And iPad 2 and iPhone 4, both still being sold in Europe -- the latter with a 2-y contract (!) -- are so slow on iOS 7 they are practically rendered useless. I can get the same performance on a 100 dollar Android, if I want. And a 100 dollar WP beats both.

Yes, this the new normal for Cook's Apple. Now, if Steve was around...

Sancho90 says:

Are people seriously still clinging to this statement? Hate to break it to you, but Steve is gone. I miss him just as much as the next diehard Apple fan, but, and trust me on this one, he isn't coming back.

If you don't like what Apple has become, move on.

CORYK333 says:

Cool, so go find an extra $100 and buy one of those phones so we don't have to see your negative trash on every post. Same b.s., from the same fucboi, just a different comment section......

Brian Frum says:

I know a lot of people who like it, but for me iOS7 has been a horrible experience. Everything is so slow on my iPad Mini and it is indeed worse on my iPad 3rd and 4th generation. My wife's 4S is really only usable for phone calls and text messages. My 4S was so bad I got rid of it completely. This Mini, I'm afraid, will be the next to go.

Becjr says:

On the flip side of things... I've had a wonderful experience with iOS 7. My iPhone 4S did whonk-out on me for the first time a couple if days ago while perusing photos, but I've found the overall experience to be favorable and enjoyable. Everything runs smoothly and quickly from my perspective (maybe I'll notice a performance difference whenever upgrade to a newer iPhone). I love to gamified GUI. I don't like the look of folder backgrounds and the dock. (Bleh!)
The battery doesn't last as long as if like, but it is an iPhone 4S, what can say?
I do love Control Center and the cleaner iOS look - which begs the question, why doesn't the iMore app sport the new, flatter look as well?

iOS isn't perfect, sure... I'm still waiting for Increased Parental Controls (I really want passcode access restrictions on the Settings app to keep my curious kids from monkeying around with settings) and a "clear cached" Documents and Data feature(s) for bloating apps. (Hint, big frickin' HINT Apple!)

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AppleZilla says:

What the Hell is wrong with you people? iOS 7 is a major leap forward. Beautiful, and functionality-wise, it's like iPhone came into existence all over again.

angermeans says:

Somehow I get the feeling this is the reason apple waited so long for a refresh (not to downplay anyone's issues. I've seen very little problems with my iPad mini, iPhone 5, and especially 5s). I do see the occasional bug, but the visual difference and added conveniences (control center, multitasking, finder, etc) far outweigh any bugs in my humble opinion. My iProducts still work light years faster than any of my android products.

Brady KEITH says:

out of curiosity, what android products do you use, and what version of android are they running?

aue123 says:

I use a iPhone 5s now.. I was using the Droid Maxx that was released just a few months ago 4.2.2 .. I've been using android since the Droid Eris, Droid 2 global, Droid razr, droid razr maxx hd.. The main reason I didnt get the iPhone back in 2010 was because it wasnt supported by Verizon at the time. I feel like in late 2013 android has surpassed ios by leaps and bounds. If you asked me back when the 3g and 3g(s) was around I would have agreed with ios being the better.

claustin says:

I have an HTC One on the latest OS, and have used the Google Edition ROM unmodified as well. It's a great piece of hardware, but what you think has surpassed iOS by "leaps and bounds" I find to still be a clunky, cumbersome OS. I buy a top of the line Android device every couple years to see how it's doing, and so far I'm always eager to go back to the usability of iOS. It's not just the OS itself. It's the ease of use when syncing with my mac. It's access to functions and features that are well thought out and made to be actually useful. I used a Droid Incredible before the iPhone came to Verizon, and it was great, compared to the competition at the time. I rooted it and swapped ROMs and customized it, and it was fun, but after getting back to iOS it really struck me what a time sink doing all of that was. I don't want a phone I have to endlessly modify and customize to be content with. Android in general, and especially the manufacturers versions, have far too high a tendency to slap on functions that are gimmicky and feel far too much like they were shoe-horned in just to try and win a feature war. Not all functions are features (I'm looking at you, Samsung). There's no denying that Android is one of only two major mobile OS's out there, and for many it's fine and for many they prefer it, but if you're neck deep in Apple's ecosystem (and happy to be) no Android currently out there has the user experience of iOS. I'm curious what aspects of Android you think are so much superior to iOS, and why you are currently using a 5s if you think that. I'm talking functionality and usability, not things like flashing ROMs or theming, which are only interesting to a very small subset of users. We're talking stock functionality.

karmski says:

I Love iOS 7. Full pages in Multitasking means that I can often read the text in the preview and therefore don't need to actually reopen that app. It is similar to previewing using the space bar on Mountain Lion. Search is just brilliant - from any page is just so convenient. The design is beautiful and clean. I would never want to go back.

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Paola1993 says:

:O just like Windows Phone. Such a brilliant and unique feature.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

Actually, that is a feature from the 2003 Mac.

Fit24 says:

I like iOS 7 and all of the changes it brought with it. The one thing I'm glad that stayed consistent is the basic system operation and flow.

Derrick4Real says:

As a user i'm so aligned with Georgia it's not even funny. I'm right with Georgia. Haven't updated. ios 6 worked fine for me. There isn't a single thing in ios 7 compelling me to update (though wifi toggles are a nice addition but it's not that important to me).

I remember in one podcast she said she felt no interest in updating her computer as it worked fine and she wasn't the slightest bit bothered the amassing notifications saying updates were available. By contrast Rene just HAD to update. He just couldn't wait for the brand new shininess. lol.

I also feel like Chris Parsons in when he said some changes made him go to 3rd party apps. I had the beta for 2 weeks before rolling back to ios 6. Changes to the music player made me look at 3rd party apps and hate ios 7. it's not all bad but i hated the white, more importantly hated the adding of album art in lists necessitating twice as much scrolling. It didnt' fit my eye because before the artists names were justified to the left and easily identified when scrolling. Now they are kinda in the middle and when you're scrolling it didn't fit my eye. I hated the added random artist pictures. I don't want to see those. At least album art i know as i'm pretty meticulous about mine. But random artist pictures had me hesitating when scrolling. For a big iphone with 45gbs or so of music on it quickly grew annoyed. I rolled back. That was kinda a big deal breaker. I hope in the future there's an option to disable art in lists and random pictures but i doubt it will happen as Apple tends to think it knows what i want so rather than give me options it just deletes or changes a feature. Regardless, I generally like the look of ios 6 much better. Easier on the eyes, i like shadows and rendering. I love shine. I love shiny icons. I could have gone windows if i liked the flat look so. I'll be on ios 6 for the near future. Luckily my contract ends in about one month. I not planning on getting a new phone just yet but when the time comes i'll have to decide my next phone is Apple still or Android. But now? No rush.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

My primary iPad and iPhone are also staying on 6.1 and I stopped all investment in Apple's ecosystem until I get a chance to compare early 2015 iOS 8 iPad and iPhone to their competition and decide what to buy. The most important thing to me is that my iPhone and iPad not ever crash, and that they stay out of my way as I work. iOS 7 is crashy and wags its tail in my face constantly, and has zero new features that help me in my work, and it is so ugly I just don't want to use it. And I resent the bait-and-switch. I criticized the bait-and-switch when Microsoft did it with Vista and Windows 8 and I was thankful to be an Apple user who could expect real upgrades, but I was unfortunately putting too much confidence in Apple.

Also waiting to see where Scott Forstall lands. If he ends up in charge of a competing phone and tablet I will almost certainly follow him there. I bought an iPhone and iPad for the software, not the hardware.

Neal Horowitz says:

It's fun to see the long-time iPhone users hate on iOS 7, because I'm a long-time Android user that wasn't even willing to try iOS before this version. There are still irritations about the OS and I definitely have had the instability that many others have complained about--it bugs the hell out of me conceptually because "IPHONE IS PERFCT@!@!1" but is frankly not problematic on a day-to-day basis (I mean, I've spent tons of time on beta versions of custom Android ROMs so it's not like crashes are unfamiliar ground to me), and I miss SwiftKey like nothing else. Plus for some reason Google is just being lazybones about updating the gmail app to have useful push notifications, which pisses me off many times a day. But things like the back gesture make a huge difference in the speed at which I can use the UI and I catch myself trying to use it on apps that don't support it all the time (though honestly I think Android's actual back button is still better). But yeah, it's been a fun iOS ride for me, using it seriously for the first time since like version 4.

TL;DR version: iPhone users hate iOS, /popcorn

Derrick4Real says:

for the record. This is my first iphone ever. I don't like ios 7. probably because what attracted me to an iphone was the looks and of the os, the gloss of icons, the music player. But the look is what they changed. so i'm kinda meh on ios 7

Hamranhansenhansen says:

Bait and switch. Sorry you missed the first 6 years of iOS when it was great.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

“TL;DR version: iPhone users hate iOS, /popcorn”

Yes, it's true. But keep in mind that iPhone users ate a lot of popcorn while watching Android manufacturers steadily go out of business and Android users fall under the weight of malware over the past few years. So don't be too smug.

And we still have the resolution of Google vs Sun/Oracle to come, after which Dalvik will be impounded and destroyed for copyright infringement and all Android apps will need to be ported to C or to HTML5. That is popcorn and BarcaLounger and an eighth of OG Kush right there.

Gazoobee says:

I think you people all have rose-coloured glasses on to some extent. I like iOS 7 and while I hated it for the first few hours I quickly grew to love (most) of the new look and feel. However, it makes my iPhone 5 slow and my iPad mini almost unusable in terms of the resources it burns. Also as an iOS user from day one, this is literally the first time I've had to worry about my battery life and turn things on and off to save power.

What bugs me the most though, is the many many functional changes none of which seem to add anything at all and most of which take something away that I previously liked or relied upon. No swiping to delete messages in mail anymore, lists in Reminders are awkward and harder to use than before, Safari is an abomination of bad use cases with significantly more touches swipes and taps to so the self same thing (not to mention being forced to use favourites as a home page). I could go on for paragraphs about all the little changes that are getting in my way, the general slowness of the whole OS and a number of other things.

It strikes me as the most "beta" of any of the iOS releases although Rene says the exact opposite. Thus the rose-coloured glasses comment.

ralphtweety says:

Now I'm positive that most of these "I hate iOS7" comments are trollers and/or "users" that probably don't even have an iOS device. There really is very little to objectively dislike, much less, hate about 7. Every major OS update on every platform comes with more bugs than it leaves with - duh, and as for all of the ultra bad performance hits people claim to be taking - how do you explain the fact that real users on this very site claim to be running 7 "smoothly" on their 4Ss ... For that matter how do you explain the fact that my iPad 2 runs no faster or slower with 7, and also in fact notice that my battery life is measurably better. The hate-horrible-terrible comments I suspect are mostly not real, and for the inevitable ones that are, I recommended backing up everything, resetting your device, and starting all over again because you clearly have a lot bigger issue than simply upgrading to 7. The only thing I "hated" about 7 was that it forced me to finally get an iPhone (I strongly dislike cellular companies and their antics), and I opted for a 5S, and now I don't "hate" big bad "horrible", "terrible" iOS7 anymore. It is, in fact, AWESOME. Cheers.

Dominique Peretti says:

"The hate-horrible-terrible comments I suspect are mostly not real". Well, this symptom has a name : denial.
A lot of Apple users have always loved their devices because of the way the GUI looks. Subtle shadows, detailed icons, elegant colors, etc.
Now it's as flat as you can get, eye straining (text only buttons in neon primary colors over "flashlight" full white backgrounds), and inconsistent.
Many users hate that. Is that so difficult to understand ?

ralphtweety says:

Sorry, I don't see many/any comments here where hate is being attributed to the apparent flatness of the OS. By far the comments with these somewhat egregious attributes are from people describing function and performance - is that so hard to see?

Hamranhansenhansen says:

There were 3 months of complaining about what iOS 7 looked like before it even shipped because it was introduced at WWDC and detailed on apple.com. (I f-ing hate the way it looks, BTW — all the art is drained out and it looks like bathroom signage.) By now, we have actually run it and that is why we're complaining about how it also doesn't work and is full of bugs. But that is in addition to it being as ugly as anything that has ever come out of Microsoft.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

“Now I'm positive that most of these "I hate iOS7" comments are trollers and/or "users" that probably don't even have an iOS device. There really is very little to objectively dislike, much less, hate about 7”

I remember reading this exact comment in 2007 — about Windows Vista. There was nothing to dislike in Vista for the first 6 months or so either. Then the novelty wore off and we were left with struggling users.

M.G. Siegler has been telling me how great iOS 7 is for 6 months now, and yet just yesterday he admitted that his iOS 7 iPhone has been crashing twice or more per day! Same pattern as Vista.

It's great if you love iOS 7. That is lucky for you since you bought it sight unseen when you bought an iOS 5 or 6 device. Many other users are not so happy and you should consider respecting that.

I HATE iOS 7. I COULD NOT HATE IT MORE THAN I DO. It made me lose all respect for Apple. It made me hate my favorite devices ever: iPhone and iPad.

BTW, I have been using iOS since June 2007 when I was one of 6 million people to buy an original iPhone, and I have been using iPad since the first month it shipped in 2010, and iPod since 2001, and Mac OS X since the Public Beta in 2000, and the Mac since about 1992. I have no idea why you think that should mean I should like iOS 7, which has almost nothing in common with previous Apple products.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

Gadget nerds love novelty for the sake of novelty. Rene needs novelty to fill up pages. It's not rose-colored glasses — it's blatant self-interest from someone whose personal use cases do not at all match most iOS users, who are suffering the usability and stability bugs without any reward of getting their gadget porn on.

gknaggs says:

I personally do not own an iPhone but my wife does. Her experience has been a mix of good and bad. She likes the look but hates certain changes Apple has made to things like the calender. She also likes, as do so many it seems like Rene, the gestures. Gestures that are said to be a boon of the new BlackBerry operating system on sooooooo many sites and in countless reviews. I find these remarks from some as a tad hypocritical. My wife loved my BlackBerry and how swiping gets you everywhere. So obviously she's going to love it on her iPhone. But in review after review of BB10 phones, "heavy learning curve" or "heavy reliance on gestures" is brought up as a con. I found no learning curve. After using the phone for 30 seconds, there was no place on the phone I couldn't navigate to. The proper gestures aren't even needed to navigate the OS for the most part. Shortcuts have been installed everywhere for those who can't seem to figure it out. Still, gestures are a con. Add gestures to iOS or Android and "it's the future". Don't get me wrong, some of the changes are good and when using her phone now it feels easier to use and faster moving around the OS. But the "multitasking" isn't quite there yet. And her battery life is atrocious now. The phone has also become buggy and has crashed on occasion. Android gets reamed for being buggy and choppy and BlackBerry always got hosed for crashing. IOS7 could have been better. Especially for what is essentially a large refresh of the OS. I see no broad sweeps forward. Changing the color scheme and adding a bunch of flashy animations that can cause motion sickness is not groundbreaking or forward thinking. Neither is implementing gestures that other OS's already use and have used for some time. Android phone specs may be over the top and unnecessary for phone OS's such as iOS or WP8 or BB, but Android manufacturers have implemented things that are more forward thinking than an OS refreshing and some cpu upgrading. Apple and their dependency on proprietary hardware BS could be their down fall as other phones have usb connectivity which allows connectivity to just about EVERYTHING without the need for an apple specific adapter. HDMI is also something that makes connectivity for other phones easy. USB2GO and NFC are forward thinking. Miracast is forward thinking. DLNA is forward thinking. Apple could do so much more, and honestly needs to.

pistolro says:

i got to see what the ios 7 was like when i had a developer account, and too me, it wasnt that big of a deal. I also have an android device and it seems to me like the android device was a lot better in visual. I dont see that much of a improvements in playing games and listening to music and stuff. But it seems to me the more advance our ios is, the more the battery is going to get worse. Maybe it is because i am playing games all the times, and watching video and stuff and not really trying to conserve my battery. Oh well, i guess it is ok, if you are for ios and stuff. Nothing that you can do about it, unless you havent upgrade yet, but i did in my iphone 5 but didnt in my iphone 4 and ipad.

pistolro says:

I know that this probably wont ever happen, but i wish and we used it for a while, that apple would give us an option to keep the ios or to go back to a previous one, like a feature that allows us to downgrade, without us hacking and doing all that restore stuff. Some people are going to want to go back to previous version and some people will want to keep it.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

I don't think a +1 version should ever be so different that users want to go back. There is no reason to make so many changes at once. If running iOS 3 and upgrading to 4, a few hours later you forgot you upgraded because there was continuity. Same with 4 to 5 and 5 to 6. Running 6.1, my iPhone 4S fools me into thinking it is the only iPhone I ever owned. I forget there was a 3S and an original iPhone before it. I forget that all the new features and capabilities were not there from the start. Everything has to be better in each new release to maintain the user's trust in upgrading, not some things better and others worse and tons of bugs. iOS 7 was brutally mismanaged and brutally designed and brutally executed. There should be zero reasons to go back, but there are hundreds of reasons. A software update for iPhone should never make it feel like it is a different device. Maybe gadget nerds like that, but regular people do not.

Galley says:

Except for the track order bug in the iPad Music app, and the "don't show all purchases" flag not being sent properly to 3rd-party music apps, iOS 7 is great!

Hamranhansenhansen says:

Problem is, every user has a different list of bugs than you. Everyone has multiple problems with their iOS 7 devices. It's like a Windows release.

Rene Ritchie says:

I've had iOS 7 running on my iPhone 5 and iPad mini since June. I have no slowdown, no resource problem, nothing out of the ordinary, and nothing much different that iOS 6 performance-wise.

iPhone 4 and iPad 3 aren't great (first gen Retina devices don't age well). Any other device should perform well.

I'd recommend a fresh install. You shouldn't have to suffer any frustration on hardware that's as capable as either of those devices.

cardfan says:

I'm with you on the iphone 5 as I think iOS 7 runs well on it. In fact, it runs so well that I didn't see a need to keep the 5S and just sold it.

But the ipad Mini? C'mon. It's barely capable of running iOS 7. And let's face it, it wasn't running iOS 6 at a truly optimal level to begin with.

brmperc says:

I did fresh install iOS 7. Twice. Then the apple genius did it too. Then they gave me another phone. And that one was glitchy too.
So that's four fresh installs over two separate iPhone 5 devices. Both had significant problems.
It's still beta software. I thought Apple stopped doing Macworld so they wouldn't be tied to a schedule. They sure put iOS 7 out way too early.

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Hamranhansenhansen says:

iOS 7 should have been iOS 9. The changes they made in 7 should have been spaced out over 3 years: 7, 8, 9. Each change should have been well-considered and well-tested and really better (not just different) than what it replaced. Each year should bring new capabilities to the user, new things they can do, not just a bunch of arbitrary changes.

They will spend 3 years fixing everything that is broken now that they wholesale broke it. It makes no sense, unless you are building for gadget blogs or corporate egos instead of building for users.

brmperc says:

Oh, and the genius who helped me said they'd been seeing a lot of this sort of thing. They were SLAMMED when I was there.

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Cathy Claravall Manalang says:

Hi I like iOS7 but the only is that with the upgrade i did my iPhone 5 the iTune store became black screen and u can use it now .... I NEED HELP on how to fix this, i tried to factory reset but if course it did not work bcoz i had to load the back that has the iOS7 with my settings .... PLS PLS HELP!

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Hamranhansenhansen says:

Install iOS 6.1 or wait for iOS 7.1.

Mike Luz says:

Android is crap.

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Rowanova says:

I updated my iPhone 4 to iOS 7, it was horribly slow and lots of lag, and would sometimes just freeze up. I also was fairly filled up as far as capacity was concerned, which may have contributed to the problem. And the battery definitely took a hit.

Having had my new 5S for a couple weeks now, I can't imagine going back. This thing, in comparison to the iPhone 4, is super fast and smooth. 4G LTE is a very noticeable improvement. On the hardware side, I still want a bigger screen option.

On iOS 7, I really like notification center. The drop-down Today menu, mostly useless to me. Improvements in Safari are welcome but not earth shattering. At first I was a little stand-offish about the new visuals in iOS 7, but I've quickly grown past it. Once into an app, actually using to help me accomplish "getting things done", none of it matters anyway. Some of the animations are kind of fun, even if they don't contribute to usability or functionality.

Dislikes would be Calendar

agarwal.apar says:

I am pretty pleased with iOS 7 on my iPhone 5. Have been using since beta version and it grew on me since then. I have iPad mini with iOS 7 and yea, it isn't capable of running yhis new OS.
I agree with cardfan.

pl3 says:

IOS 7. It's garbage it's a knock off to android layout what happened to being different and simple Jobs Wouldn't want this just the new cave man in charge wants this every detail on it is over kill ugly even with the colors don't look good very tacky and att is the worst service as well they don't live up to there name claim in 4g LTE everywhere they are so behind the network times were VERIZION is dead on and fast on there up grades service att CEO is a joke. I'm break in contract for VERIZION when iphone 5s floods the market when it's easy to get my hands on there are the reliable network in side of buildings and no dead spots and they won't drop call when it shows 3 bars on the phone like att does

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pl3 says:

iPhoneC ha the poor man iphone that will be cut off the supply line discontinued soon only teen kids buy that

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Hamranhansenhansen says:

If Apple could make a business out of selling iPod touch (mostly to teens) then they can make a business of selling iPhone 5C which is just an iPod touch with a phone in it.

Dominique Peretti says:

How's iOS 7 working for me, one month later ?
Well, a living nightmare. The Apple I have loved and cherished vaporizing in front of my eyes.

Ipheuria says:

I have been using iOS 7 from beta 1. Even during the betas I never encountered issues that were so bad I wanted to return to iOS 6. There were a few icons that I didn't like the new version but after about 3 weeks that faded. How often do I spend more than a few seconds looking at the icons. I love iOS 7 not only because of what it brings but because of what it promises. In iOS 7 there are things that have been improved to make things easier and faster. Things like being able to get access quickly to the camera, bluetooth, wifi and other settings from within control center. The ability to now delete all in Junk Mail is another example of something that makes things easier. Then there is the promise of changes that could come later like the ability to change what things are accessible in the Control Center.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

What if I don't care to access Wi-Fi or Bluetooth as much as I care about the device not crashing? That and deleting junk mail are not marquee features. What can I do in the real world with iOS 7 that I can't do with 6.1? I mean real world usage, not “a system setting is 20% more accessible.” Work longer on one charge? Type faster and more accurately? Record higher-quality audio? Some new thing I didn't know I needed until Apple showed me?

And you do actually spend a lot of time looking at icons. Over a 2 year life of an iOS device, you will spend many days looking at icons. The more unique they are, the less effort it takes every time you look at them. The more alike they are (as in iOS 7) the more effort you expend hundreds of times per day, the more you have to read the text names of apps, the more distracted you are from your work. These are basic usability concepts, well-known for many years.

smilerskickass says:

I was really excited when iOS 7 was first announced. I think users really needed to see change. Days before September 18th (iOS 7 release day) I got pretty tired of boring old iOS 6 and I couldn't wait to update already. Now I wish I didn't.

I would be totally cool with it if it wouldn't be so slow and buggy. The first thing I did when I updated was try to change wallpaper on my iPad 3. It completely froze. I tried locking my screen and it locked after 10 seconds. This sh*t still happens to me so I try avoiding changing wallpaper.

But this isn't the only thing: battery is supposed to last 9 hours - not true since I updated. I lock orientation and wallpaper turns around. Dock sometimes turns purple. Instead of instantly locking when I press the button, it locks after 2 seconds. After 'sliding to unlock', icons show up slower. The whole iOS experience isn't as good as before.

iOS 7 is a step forward, but it still feels like a rushed beta version.

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Hamranhansenhansen says:

A rushed beta that went out to over half a billion users.

There are iOS devices that are acting as the user's voice, as a pilot's flight manual, as medical clipboards, as the interface to prosthetic legs, as school books for 7 year olds. Apple was really proud of that and featured those uses in promotional videos. So how is it acceptable to ship a release with so much change the user must immediately adapt to, with so many crashing bugs, with so many usability bugs, with such reduced battery life? I think it is totally unacceptable.

mstrmac says:

My 16 gig iPhone 4s with iOS 7 is running about the same or faster than iOS 6. Battery longitivtiy about the same. So sorry that some have problems. I'm still having the iMessage bug but solve your problems that are recommended. Remove apps you dont use. Take off the music you dont listen to.
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Hamranhansenhansen says:

So what you are saying is that I should take an afternoon off work to nursemaid my $800 phone through a system update, and I'd better like it, or I must be a paid hater?

CORYK333 says:

I guess I'm lucky bc besides a minor hit on battery life (usage improved tho) on my work 4S everything has been great for me on my other devices.....5S/IPadMini/ipodTouch5. What surprises me the most is the negative views on iOS 7 & the Mini bc mine is actually BETTER in every way since the update......oh well, just lucky

Roshizzle731 says:

My iPhone 5 runs fine with iOS 7 aside from the battery life being a lot worse it is visually appealing with the animations and nice colors but my wife's iPhone 4 runs like crap with it installed. I have noticed that the phone is saving text messages for some reason taking up 1.5GBs on my phone and 5GBs on my wife's phone with no way that I can tell to delete it.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

Doesn't sound like a great experience to me, and the Apple gear is supposed to be a great experience.

ralphtweety says:

Seriously, with the exception of the current iPad Minis performance issues, which seem to be very consistent across most users, all of the extreme performance hits being proclaimed are most likely from systems that need a complete refresh, that is, backup, and reinstall everything from scratch.

Also, I guess we don't hear as much from the vast majority of satisfied upgraders because, well, they're satisfied and not looking around from someplace to take their woes out.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

No, you don't hear from most iOS users because most iOS users are not gadget nerds. They struggle on quietly, blaming themselves for not knowing enough about computers when they struggle. And about 1/4 of all iOS users have declined the iOS 7 “upgrade” 3 or more times already, not counting the upgrade pleas inside Pages, Keynote, Numbers, and App Store.

And after all this, what did the users get from iOS 7? What can you do with an iOS 7 device that you can't do with a 6.1 device other than crash twice a day?

JohnnyLee10 says:

I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. iOS 6 was a lot more smooth and looked more professional. iOS 7 looks like it was draw up on Paint on Windows. Control Center is the only good thing about iOS 7. If Steve Jobs was still here today, he would not be okay with this operating system. May God let his soul rest in peace. I also don't know anybody who actually likes iOS 7. I support and will continue to support iMore, but everybody on iMore are pro-Apple no matter what so you'll never get non-biased reviews in their articles. But thank you for keeping the iOS 6 keyboard on the mobile app. Overall, I think iOS 7 is trash.

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Hamranhansenhansen says:

Apple needs a replacement for the late Mr. Jobs. Not in the CEO position; but they need somebody with high standards who loves tech but yet is not charmed by novelty for the sake of novelty so that he or she can tell the design and engineering nerds at Apple that what they have made is not good enough, keep working on it. He also did not respect academia — some BS about grids and white space would not cause him to swallow some ugly garbage that looks like an architect's bathroom. I always felt like Mr. Jobs complained a lot so that I didn't have to, and that was what I paid Apple for. On other platforms you had the feeling “didn't anybody use this before it shipped?” and now I get that from Apple devices running iOS 7.

I think they should have kept Forestall and canned Ive. I really don't care what the hardware looks like. I would run iOS 6 on a Samsung or Mac OS X on a Dell before I would run Android or Windows on Apple hardware. The software and apps are EVERYTHING.

n apple says:

I don't think it was a big deal for me. The new design looks cool but (thanks to god) the way you use it is the same. Not like W8, that is one of the most non-interactive OS I've used

Glenn Fitzpatrick says:

It is rubbish (on my 5)- so much so - I went and purchaced a Samsung G S4. How dare apple charge us an excessive amount of money for their hardware only to force a really really really poor interface in which to use it - It does look like it was drawn up with MS paint - Goodbye apple you have ruined what was a good product.
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Hamranhansenhansen says:

The big problem, though, is Samsung is even worse. And massive changes are coming to Samsung devices when Dalvik (the Android app virtual machine) is impounded and destroyed by the courts. And Samsung doesn't have the apps I need. Apple had a responsibility to do better with iOS 7 in order to honor the commitment and investment of existing users. The fact that they have no meaningful competition for most users means they should have taken more care, not less.

Justin Thiel says:

I love iOS 7. It's modern and refreshing compared to the old design. My only critique would be that they removed all the artistic polish from the in-app icons. Now they are just a thin blue line crafted into a basic shape. Before, the icons were designed artistically. They could have overhauled the whole look and feel without eliminating the artistic design elements that Apple is known for and that their fanbase loves. With that bring said, I still love the new look and feel. I would like to see more integration and design cohesiveness between iOS and Mac OS X however. No matter what Apple device you have.. They should feel and look similar. I don't think that making them look and feel different is a smart choice and I hope that they bring them together more closely in the future.

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cbaus says:

iOS 7 runs fine on my 4s at the sacrifice of some battery life. It lags and stutters on my iPad 3 though, and I can't believe they let iPhone 4 users have it, since it is so slow.

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Hamranhansenhansen says:

It runs “fine” and it reduces battery life, the most precious resource of the mobile device. That is a total failure in this context.

Fabrizio Zampetti says:

Well, I have two identical iphones and I upgraded iOS 7 only on one: after several months use my conclusions are the followings:
1- iOS 7 drains 35% more battery than iOS 6;
2- iOS 6 is 30% faster than iOS 7;
3- iOS 6 is by far clearer than iOS 7 (better contrast, smaller icons transmits a less "overloading" sensation on the screen, better depth of field, colours combination are by far less confusing);
4- iOS 7 icons design are uglier and by far more tiresome than on iOS 6;
5- Ringing volume is 30% lower on iOS 7 than on iOS 6;
6- Many tiny stupid new features on iOS 7, but no real and desired novelties (no Bluetooth "open protocol" communication, no "drag and play", no external storing device reading compatibility, etc..).

I am professionally involved in marketing business and I always try to guess what could be the result of an hypothetical market qualitative survey evaluating the acceptance of new products: I would really be surprised if this new iOS 7 would score positive results...Apple probably performed this survey (whatever conclusions it gave, to consider it valid, the survey should be done on a worldwide scale, not only USA!), but probably they will never reveal the result....long-term sales outcomes probably will reveal it!
Apart from that, I really do not understand how can a company force its customers to change a product so much from the state it was originally purchased without giving to the possibility to restore it to the configuration it was at the date of purchase. The Operating Software is a main feature of a smartphone and any change should be reversible.

Imagine you buy a car, imagine you bring it to the official mechanical service of the manufacturer for a maintenance service, then they give you your car back and you realise it goes 35% slower, consumes 30% more gasoline and the seats colour is different: what would you say?

A class action should be taken against Apple....

Imran Khaleel says:

Apple named for its technology but nowadays it is moving backwards and making us fools. I believe Android is customer friendly.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

Android is carrier-friendly and phone manufacturer -friendly amd advertiser-friendly. That is who it was made for.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

Before iOS 7 was introduced, I was a 15 year 100% Apple user with 99% customer satisfaction. Now, I would join that class action lawsuit. I'm appalled at the bait-and-switch that was pulled on me and my friends. I'm appalled that Jony Ive lets out a fart and that means we all have to smell it. Instead of iOS 6+1 — which we already paid for by buying iOS 5 and iOS 6 devices — we were given IveOS 1.0. That is a bait-and-switch.

We are supposed to be paying for software that is designed by the best software designer in the world, not for software that was an ego project for the best hardware designer in the world. And iCloud and Maps still do not work! It is unbelievable.

Bixie Cribs says:

iOS 7 has destroyed my trust in Apple. I own an iPhone 4 and I had been warned that iOS 7 would completely ruin my phone, so I didn't upgrade. After many months, my curiosity got the better of me and all of the warnings were not only confirmed, but seemed like understatements.

It is appalling that Apple saw fit to allow iOS 7 to be installed on the iPhone 4. It is so slow and laggy that it renders the iPhone 4 essentially unusable. I went from loving my phone to truly despising it overnight.

Not only does iOS 7 ruin the iPhone 4, but it also offers no obvious improvements over iOS 6 except for the command centre. All of the aesthetic changes are completely pointless and they often feel like they actually degrade the user experience.

When I first picked up an iPhone I was amazed at its beautiful design and elegant interface. With iOS 7, Apple has taken a wonderful interface and trashed it for the sake of change. Change can be great, but it should be informed by judgment, rigorous user testing, and professionalism. Apple failed on all 3 counts.

Hamranhansenhansen says:

There was no humility in this release. In the past, both iOS and Mac OS releases were tortoise-like, steady step after steady step, while Google and Microsoft were hare-like, running all over the place quickly, but getting nowhere. Ultimately, Apple ended up way out in front. Now, Apple destroyed that legacy in one release. They destroyed their usability, stability, and all of the beauty. Even of the redesign was the right idea, it should have happened over 2–3 years at least. They should have made iOS 7 a Snow Leopard -like release that fixed bugs in iCloud and Siri and Maps and everything else, and only moderately updated the interface. They could have changed the filter they apply to icons or offered the user a choice of filters for their home screen and updated the look instantly. Instead, there is massive change and yet they did not fix any of the issues I had with my iPad and iPhone. Not a single one! They all got a paint job that in some cases made them significantly worse! Brutal, brutal release. Everything positive that has been said about it was also said about Windows Vista in the first 6 months. Now you see more criticisms being made after the novelty wore off. Also just like Vista. You hear people hate it and want to downgrade — just like Vista. It is really sad that they are all so happy in Apple's boardroom and there is nobody left to say “this sucks, do it again, and make it better” and so it is left to the hard-earned money-paying user to say this sucks, AFTER it has shipped, after it has cost them many hours. What happened to valuing the user's time so much that you shave 1 second off the original Mac boot up time? That culture is obviously gone.

benjamintrieu says:

Pretty smooth in my opinion. I used the Android OS before this one and they're similar but at least this one doesn't lag! It seems to be better than the Android OS in my opinion but that's just me. I feel as though my OS is now in the future and way better than the Android OS, ten fold. I have an iPhone 4s and there's no lag at all. I'm not sure about my fellow iPhone users with the iPhone 4 but hey, I'm not complaining. Kudos to you, Apple!

Hamranhansenhansen says:

I don't just hate iOS 7 — it has made me hate Apple and it has made me hate gadget blogs and it has made me hate tech nerds who want devices like iPhone and iPad to be toys for their amusement, never mind how much the other 90% of the iOS user community has to suffer. I feel bad for every person I turned onto Apple over the past 15 years, because they were refugees from nerd-driven systems like Vista and Android and I told them Apple wouldn't screw them over with bait-and-switch “upgrades” that force you into downtime with no appreciable benefit. Now there is no platform for the rest of us. Now there are only nerds making devices for other nerds. Now instead of showing us new things we can do with a new iOS release, Apple gave us an unwanted design lesson about grids and white space. Now there is no art in iOS, just design and engineering, and what's worse, it is bad design and bad engineering. This is the most inconsistent and crashy iOS since 1.0. I don't want my iPhone and iPad to look like an architect's bathroom. I don't want my apps hidden behind bathroom signage. Most iOS 7 home screens are just a bunch of nearly-identical inscrutable glyphs where there used to be icons.

What is really making me angry at gadget blog tech nerds is that iOS 7 was all bliss for them when it was new, but now that they told everyone to “upgrade” (not that Apple gives us much choice) the novelty is wearing off on them and finally we are hearing from (for example) M.G. Siegler that his iPhone has been crashing twice per day for the last 6 months. That is more crashes in 1 week than I have had on my iPhone for almost 7 years, from iOS 1.1 through 6.1.

Enjoy your gadgets, guys. Just please, do not call yourselves “journalists.” You are hobbyists and you certainly do not act in the public interest.