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First thoughts on iOS 7

Posted by simon on 2013/09/18
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Just updated my iPhone 5 to iOS 7 and here’s my first impressions…

  1. It’s ugly.
    Very, very ugly.
  2. Cellular/mobile data support is still poor
    My wifi is limited, my mobile data isn’t. And yet you still force me to upload/download big files on my limited wifi connection, while ignoring my unlimited 3G (which also has faster uploads). Thanks for that, Apple. It’s a stupid, stupid decision. Allow me to control it or scrap the idea.
  3. It’s ugly
    Did I mention it’s hideously ugly? The folder colours are grim washed out brown, making it hard to see the icons
  4. It looks like Windows 8
    Windows 8 is ugly, too.
  5. Too many silly animations
    And no way to turn them off

I think iOS 7 is going to sell a lot of phones. Mainly Androids.

Now, how do I downgrade back to iOS 6?

Google Android is the worldwide leading smartphone OS in terms of shipments. I don’t think anyone would dispute that. iOS is the leading smartphone OS in terms of developer revenue, and I don’t think anyone would dispute that either. That Apple hates Android and would like to kill it – well, that may have been true under Steve Jobs.

But things are changing – Apple are introducing 4G, and beefing up Siri. Voice recognition and voice search are areas where Google do have quite a big patent portfolio, and both Google (through Motorola) and Samsung have 4G patents. So this could run and run.

The problem is, as has been pointed out in a few news sources, the Apple v Samsung trial hasn’t really hurt Samsung’s image, whereas even the Apple faithful are turning on Apple over this one.

If they keep hitting out at each other, there can only be one winner – Microsoft. Read more

I’ve been looking at the Apple TV for a long while now, and I keep thinking that I both want one, and I don’t. Let me explain…

First off, the one I really like the idea of is the Apple TV V1. It can contain movies, be synced from iTunes, and contains a hard drive. So I can keep a range of movies – and I’ve spent ages acquiring a collection from the Internet Archive of vintage stuff I really want to see – on the Apple TV and just watch them. That feels like the sort of device I want. But… Read more

Those who know me will know how much I didn’t get on with the iPhone 4 I got last year. So much, that I took it back to the shop and replaced it with an HTC Desire HD. So it will surprise those people that – yesterday – I bought an iPhone 4.

Now, I want to be clear about a few things. Read more