Since everybody is doing an iOS 7 post, I figured I might as well do one too. I’ve been using iOS 7 on my main device (an iPhone 4) since the day that the iOS 7 beta 1 was release.1 It’s been interesting to watch as it has progressed from “Why did I install this on my phone?” to “How did I live without this?” Here are a few of my own thoughts on iOS 7:
- The look and feel of iOS 7 is very different from all of the other previous version of iOS.2 I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of designers and non-designers complaining about how they don’t like it. Most of these people had never used it. I admit it was a little jarring when I first switched, but after a week or two I was loving most of the changes.
- Control center is pretty awesome. I frequently change my screen brightness and this makes it much easier. Also, quick access to the camera and flashlight (sorry 3rd party flashlight apps…) is very hand as well.
- You can now ad contacts to a block list. I now have a contact called “Spam.” Any time a telemarketer calls me I add the number to the “Spam” contact. It’s like heaven.
- You can take square pictures with the camera app. Quite useful if you’re an Instagram junkie like I am, but don’t like taking your photos with the Instagram app.
- While I’ve been enjoying iTunes Radio,3 the Music app is a step backwards for me. You can no longer search albums by genre, which is how I typically browsed my library. Also, when you select an artist, instead of listing their albums it lists all of their songs sorted by album. This is fine if you only have one or two albums by that artist. If you have eight and want to listen to a song on an album that is last on the list you’re going to have to scroll through every song of every other album first to get there. Since I switched to iOS 7 I’ve been using Rdio4 as my main music library. The only time I use the Music app is when I want to use iTunes Radio or really want to listen to a song that Rdio doesn’t have.
- Multi-page folders are great. Now if only I could stick a folder inside another folder…
- Automatic app updates are great. I hated updating my apps manually so it generally only happened once a month when I had dozens of apps that needed updating. Now it’s one less thing for me to think about.
- I love going through all of the newly updated 3rd party apps/icons. Some are awesome, some kinda suck, but it’s been fun exploring all the newness.
I think the biggest thing for me is this: I had to use my girlfriend’s phone for something about a week ago. She was still on iOS 6. I was annoyed after using iOS 6 for a few minutes when I had been using iOS 7 for about 3 months.
I’ve done this with ever version since iOS 5. However, I highly recommend that you do not do this, unless you have a second testing device or you don’t mind your main device being barely functional for a few weeks.↩
No, it isn’t at all like having Andriod on your iPhone. Thank God.↩
I pretty much immediately cancelled my Pandora One subscription. I already had iTunes Match. Oh, and I hate ads.↩
I used to want Apple to buy Rdio and integrate it into iTunes. However, seeing how Apple keeps making iTunes/Music app worse, I do not want this anymore. ↩