iOS 7: Taking the Leap

When Apple first rolled out the iPhone back in 2007, it’s fair to say it was a game-changer. Suddenly, big players such as Nokia and Samsung were worried; here was a mobile device that was single-handedly revolutionising the smartphone market.

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Six years later and Apple Inc. continue to wow the industry. Having experienced huge successes in the mobile device market, I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t have either an iPhone or an iPad (or both).

Now that I’ve had iOS 7 for a week, I’ve decided to give my point of view. So here’s a run down of what’s hot and what’s not with the new operating system:

I have always enjoyed Apple’s ease-of-use. Their interface is generally very intuitive and controlling an Apple device is relatively easy to pick up. iOS 7 stays faithful to this and really does reimagine the whole look and feel of the device. I particularly like the way in which layers are used to give a sense of workflow, as well as the way blurring is used to assure you that other apps are working in the background (e.g. When using Siri).

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Apple has stripped away unnecessary buttons to ensure that the screen is uncluttered yet still delivers exactly what you want. There’s no need to retrain your brain (which appears to be a big concern amongst those I have spoken to); if you’re a regular Apple user, you’ll pick up iOS 7 in no time.

Another concern of sceptics is the barrage of news stories circulating that continues to try and peck away at Apple’s reputation with rumours of bugs and hacks. As with any global software launch, there’s bound to be hiccups. But in true Apple style, the brand was quick to resolve these issues. Although I never experienced any problems myself, I’ve updated my software in line with recommendations.

One bug that appears to have been widely reported involved a security flaw, which allowed a user to bypass the passcode screen and access contacts information.

‘Passcode bypass is a common security flaw in mobile operating systems, including Apple’s. The bug crops up regularly as Apple releases software updates, which are intended to move specific functionality to the other side of the “wall” (i.e., have it accessible while the phone is locked).’ – Mashable

Another put-off that has been cited by friends of mine yet to make the change, involves the visuals themselves. A few people have commented saying iOS 7 has the look of an Android device due to its bright colours and heavily geometric design. I find that this new imagery actually works in favour of the iPhone adding to the intuitive feel and ease-of-use: don’t let it put you off.

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Have you downloaded the new operating system? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Likewise, if you’re reluctant to update I’d be interested to know why. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

 

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