Before we get into the main content of this post we would like to justify its existence and go on record stating that at Compare Mobile Phone Recycling we are huge fans of the iOs 7 update. iOs 7 is most certainly an improvement from the previous operating system and something which was well overdue from Apple following them falling behind some other smart phone operating systems in recent times. The new colour pallet provides a refreshing feel to the iPhone/ iPad and in conjunction with some of the new accessibility features makes for a rather brilliant update. Therefore rather than criticise the operating system as a whole we would like to pick out some features which we are not so keen on and would like to see Apple re-evaluate in their next update.
1. Moving back to lock screen after closing all open apps
With the new update we find ourselves with a neat new way to close down all our apps after we have been multi-tasking with the ‘swipe up’ feature.
This is something that the jail breaking community has been doing for a while now and something Apple sought to include in their new update, adding to the accessibility of their device. However, one problem that we find with this new system is the inability for the device to jump back to the home screen once all of the open apps have been closed. Instead of jumping back to the home screen we get left at this screen where the home panel remains small…
From here we then have to click on the panel to get back to the home screen rather than this being an automatic occurrence. This makes sense when there are still multiple tabs open as the device cannot be sure where you want to go next. However, once the home screen tab is the only tab left there can be no doubt that you want to go back to the home screen. Therefore we think that Apple could remove this step which will become an annoyance especially for those of us who are slightly OCD about closing down our apps!
2. Disappearing buttons from the bottom of Safari
We can see here the redesign of safari on the iPhone, adopting a much cleaner look in parallel with the rest of the redesign. Overall the new design is well produced, fitting in with the new colour scheme and offering a new tab based system for navigating between our open pages which allows for seamless movement between websites. However, one issue which we have discovered is the disappearing act that the bottom buttons do once you scroll down through a website. This is something which does have a purpose and Apple are trying to utilise the screen in the best possible way by collapsing of the address bar at the top of the screen and making the bottom navigation bar disappear.
However, once the bottom navigation bar disappears it can only be recalled by scrolling to the top of the page or pressing near the bottom of the screen to re-install both navigation bars. This is something which becomes a slight issue when working with multiple tabs on a consistent basis as the clicking motion near the bottom of the screen which triggers the re-appearance of the bottom navigation bar can be somewhat temperamental.
However, we do understand that there is a purpose for this feature and understand the need for it to be included.
3. Issues with importing media into a message
The issue surrounding the insertion of media files (i.e. Photos, videos, etc.) into a message only occurs when the insertion in done in a particular way. For example if you load a media file by going through the small camera icon in the messages app everything works fine.
However, using the alternate method of inserting a picture/ video through the photos app causes the phone to run very slow and ultimately the file will not be sent to the recipient.
This issue is something we have experienced on a range of different iPhones, even the iPhone 5 64Gb. Therefore this seems to be an issue across the iPhone range, even affecting its most technically advanced phones and not an issue with the less technologically advanced phones. On first finding this problem we thought this must be because of the size of the video file being included in the message to be sent. However, this issue also continues to occur when repeating the process with photos instead of videos. This is only an issue when inserting media into a message (MMS) however. If you repeat the same process but insert the media into an email the iPhone handles the request normally and the email sends as you would expect. This is something that Apple will most likely fix in an upcoming update which and is only a small bug but one that could become frustrating for users who like to share media via message. Some conspiracy theories might suggest this is a ploy to try and force iPhone users into using their new Air Drop feature which could ultimately replace the use of MMS in the long term.
4. Messages displaying only first names
This change will most likely be the ‘marmite change’ – you’ll either love it or hate it. We now see when inside a conversation with the messages app only the first name of the contact you are messaging.
This adds a personal touch to the messaging and avoids the ellipse we used to see in this situation on the previous operating system when a contact name was too long. However, this feature might not necessarily appeal to all users. For example business users who use their iPhone for working matters might wish to disable this feature and display full names. As such, we can find no setting on the iPhone which allows this to be changed. Further to this, this change forces users to store their contacts according to Apples standards. For example, we have seen examples where people have saved contacts such as ‘Mob Bryan’ or ‘My Mum’ forcing the messages app to display ‘Mob’ and ‘My’ respectively. This again shows a slight hitch in the workings of the change and something Apple might wish to consider.
Rather than change this option back to the old style we believe it would be better if Apple gave users the option with a simple setting which allows the user to choose if they would like to display full names or only a first name.
5. Folders only displaying 9 apps per page
One of the cool features added into the new operating system was the use of scrolling folders allowing the users to fill their folders with more than 16 apps.
This proved to be a great addition to users who had lots of apps and folders, helping them to avoid scrolling through pages on the old operating system and allowing those users to keep their iPhone more organised. However, by shortening the length of the folder page to 9 apps rather than 16 they have now moved the problem of scrolling to folders rather than pages.
We can see in the above screen shot that there is enough room to add another row of applications allowing the page to display 12 rather than 9 apps. This would allow the user easier accessibility to more apps and avoid the need for endless scrolling without compromising the aesthetics of the design.
He we have picked out 5 areas we would like to see Apple improve upon in the next iOs 7 update. As previously stated these are small changes which we believe could improve on the already brilliant iOs 7 operating system, helping to add to the increased accessibility and aesthetics of the new operating system.
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