Wednesday, November 6, 2013

iOS7 Review

Many are asking me whether they should upgrade to iOS7 on their iPads and iPhones. Here are some quick observations that may help you decide.

Generally, I like it, and the things I don’t like are not show-stoppers.
  • Things I Like
    • Apple finally let us put Newsstand into a group and get it off the desktop!
    • Apple now lets us set what day of the week we want to be the first day of the week in Calendar. I prefer Monday so that when viewing a week I can see the entire weekend. Previously you had to change the International Regional Setting to Northern Mariana Islands to accomplish that.
    • The Calendar month view scrolls forward (down) and backwards (up), helping to see events in context better.
    • You can now have unlimited Apps in groups.
    • The iTunes song select no longer requires a search.
    • Browsing restrictions can be a great help to keep inappropriate website from being available. And the setting impacts all browsers installed!
  • Things I Don’t Like
    • The Dock hides the bottom of the wallpaper. It would be better if it had transparency and size settings.
    • Groups only show 9 Apps at a time in a panel (more than 9 Apps in a group generates a second page in the group). It would be better if groups had setting options of how many Apps they showed on a page. 
    • The Camera no longer has the iris close and open animation when taking pictures. That’s okay, but now there’s an immutable sound with every picture snap.

So I say, "Go for it!" 

1 comment:

Nick Nicholaou said...

Jason Powell at Granger Community Church did a short presentation to their congregation about the iOS7 restrictions option that can help protect us from the Internet's 'bad stuff' on iPhones, iPads, etc. Here's a link: