Apple has finally responded to many of the major criticisms leveled at its new iOS 7 operating system. The iOS 7.0.3 update arrived on Wednesday and includes numerous fixes and improvements.
These include returning web and Wikipedia search capabilities to its search bar, reducing the motion effects, fixing iMessage issue and adding its Keychain service. The move comes after numerous complaints were raised about the operating system.
After V3 highlighted some of the major issues causing frustration among iOS 7 users, scores of V3 readers added to the list of woes with yet more criticisms, as the halo that has for so long surrounded Apple starts to slip.
“This is the worst upgrade ever and I am beyond frustration with my phone constantly crashing, icons disappearing and my phone resetting itself at whim. Thank you iPhone, you have convinced me after years of indecision to go Android,” wrote one in a frank statement that would have been unthinkable for Apple until recentlty.
Users of the new operating system were quick to point out several flaws that have left them frustrated and confused. One of the most ridiculous issues was pointed out by reader ‘tz’ who noted a strange state of affairs with the control panel.
“When using the control panel to adjust brightness, well, pull up the control panel, and the display dims, making precise adjustment of screen brightness harder due to the fact that the display is dimmed!”
Tz also noted another frustrating change that we at V3 have noted too: “Choosing a photo for the lock screen and desktop screen does not allow me to scale the picture I select with the full set of parameters the old iOS allowed. It allows larger, not smaller, and does not allow up and down positioning, only left or right.”
It makes you wonder why Apple did not pick up these issues in user feedback testing that must surely have taken place.
Others noted the issues of the update slowing devices down. "It has virtually killed my iPhone 4, everything is slow, it hangs and bizarrely seems to affect voice calls, connectivity and ability to access visual vociemail," wrote one user.
However, it should be noted that another reader disagreed: "I don't get the complaint on slowing down older devices. On my iPhone 5 and the four iPad 2s I've loaded iOS 7 on, all devices seem much faster than before."
Design issues also raised the heckles, as we noted in our rundown. One reader said: "I hate the new iOS 7. I can't read the screens, it's slow, the colors dull, complicated, practical use for calendar is lost. I bought the 4S and program because I liked it."
Another reader added that they were urging people not to download it and lamented the fact Apple's legendary leader Steve Jobs was not involved in the design process.
"No one [I] have spoken to has been happy with the new iOS 7. I have now started telling anyone who has not downloaded, not to. What a miserable piece of design and change in functionality. And we can't even undo it. Steve Jobs would never have let this be released."
However, with the new improvements offered in the latest update to iOS, Apple will be hoping that is has done enough to cool the ire of its huge user base. Whether users agree will remain to be seen.
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