Apple iOS 7

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Apple may deserve more credit than anyone for the way our smartphones look and work, but six years after our first glimpse of the iPhone a lot has changed. Google continued to design and re-design Android; Windows Phone introduced a colorful, vibrant operating system; yet iOS stood mostly still. Until this June, that is, when CEO Tim Cook announced Apple had been working on “the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone.” That change is iOS 7, a complete aesthetic overhaul...

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by neblogas (Currently owns)

    iOS7 is a long-awaited update. However, it's a little bit sad that main goal of iOS7 is to catch up with the competition. But overall, I think Apple did a great job. Of course, there's a lot to improve (mainly on the new design side), but foundation to new generation iOS is strong. I think that when iOS7 filled the gaps with competition, iOS8 will be a real hit. Can't wait to see what's next!

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    Reviewed by jared.sterr (Currently owns)

    I like the new OS and feel that a refresh of this magnitude was necessary. However, with any major overhaul there are areas that could improve. I feel like this OS deserves a 9/10 because design ascetic, while good, could use more attention. I believe Apple will accommodate user frustration and feedback. After all they've always placed user experience first and foremost when creating anything. Good work Apple.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by loanhighknight (Currently owns)

    There's a lot to like about iOS7. There IS a functionality boost that a lot of average users will relish--background downloads of app updates, Control Center, song scrubbing from the lock screen, and a few dozen other small things--but it is also an almost callous departure from what made iOS so great in the first place: its design consistency and obviousness.

    A right-to-left swipe will take you back to the menu you were just in. But only in *some* of the system menus, and apps are all still a free-for-all when it comes to UI. A right-to-left swipe? That only works in Safari--no going back to the menu you just came from by undoing your swipe. Sometimes blue lettering indicates an action, sometimes it will take you back to the menu you just left--the muscle-memory of iOS has been eliminated. You need to be more active when using it because it is a much more active and dynamic OS--just not always in a good way.

    The new animations are, as nearly everyone under the sun has pointed out, too slow. The only ones that "feel" right are the 1:1 touch motions -- swiping back in Safari. The ones that occur when you've let go of the screen do indeed feel like lag when they really aren't; the OS is just designed to ignore touches that occur while an animation is playing, meaning I've found myself needing to do the same action twice for it to take. When iOS ignores what, to the user, seemed like a legitimate command, it once again chips into iOS' once-precious obviousness. It makes it just a bit harder to figure out what you're supposed to do.

    In the end, iOS7 is not a train wreck. It's not a disaster. It's not Apple's Windows Vista. It's not unusable. It's not an eyesore. It's not bad. Between its finally including long-wanted functionalities and its vast aesthetic improvements (albeit in some areas more than others--icons come to mind as an area where improvement would be nice), in the margins Apple's new firmware comes out as being "pretty good." Granted, for a company that has done as much TO the mobile industry as it has FOR the mobile industry, "pretty good" is damning with faint praise, and that's probably how iOS7 will be remembered.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by porkupan (Currently owns)

    This is a much needed and long awaited visual and functional update. The new graphics/icons are really beautiful. We may get tired of them eventually, but for now they provide a cool fresh look.

    Some new features are not intuitive, such as the "Find in page" in Safari, which is now hidden in the bottom of general search results. The 3D tabs seem to be missing on the iPad (or maybe only on iPad-3?).

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by erdu_ (Currently owns)

    The whole system just feels great! There is nothing to add and i am just happy with it! And the icons... come on guys we all know that the icons are just ok after 2-3 days usage but lets be happy that its just the icons what people hate. They can be remade very quickly

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by valiantsace (Currently owns)

    The design is clean and intuitive, although has a few discrepancies such as the status bars white color in the clock app. The features are better than ever, but one could still desire a wider array of services with integrated sharing. The performance seems consistent, but the animations make things slower. I suspect Apple designed it so, since the delays seem to always be the same length.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by impendingdoo (Currently owns)

    Pleasantly surprised is how I would describe myself a day after installing iOS7. I began my download in frustration and getting ready to hate the operating system. My apprehension grew after my phone seemed like it was stuttering like one of my older non apple devices. This was simply unacceptable in my spoilt first world apple ways.

    One hard reset and a whole night of not sleeping because of being glued to the small screen has completely changed my perspective on the latest iteration of iOS. The OS is fluid. The OS is clean. There is no psychedelic my little pony nonsense happening in the interface. Rather it is a colorful yet simple canvas upon which I get to spend using my iPhone.

    If you're reading this review, chances are you've read every other review out there and you already know what the system has updated. Also I do not agree with David Pierce. Bring back Topolsky.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jycr753 (Currently owns)

    I have a 4S and it does actually works perfect, even since the 2 developer preview. This final version it is a great update, and put iOS again in top on mobile operating systems, it has great performance compare to to iOS 6, there is some stuff that are really annoying such some of the new icons colors, but besides that it is a great OS

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by MrRez (Currently owns)

    My first day with iOS 7 has been so so. The interface is still clunky and the colour scheme is straight out of the 1980's and all of this is what was needed fixing from iOS 6. The only thing left holding iOS's head above water is it eco system if it wasn't so strong this would of been a disaster launch.

    Performance wise it is buggy as hell. I have had to hard reset my iPhone 5 several times today due to freezing on FaceTime, messaging and iPod. I expect this from non STOCK android devices, but not from Apple.

    I had high hopes the Apple with iOS 7 and was hoping that it was going to give STOCK Android a run for its money, but its not even close. I feel like apple it just starting a race that Google is already a few years ahead on. Oh how times have changed.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by thefritz13 (Currently owns)

    My iOS 7 review.

    I've used iOS 7 since day 1 when it came out in Beta. Now that it is done I will do a brief review on my experience with iOS 7.

    Design (Score: 7)
    Start off with the design. First off I like to say the design is pretty good, its different and its new for iOS. However there are things I do not like about it. The icons need so much work, they look too colorful. Some icons are actually good like Mail, Notes, Reminders, Messages, and Phone, but there are some that are awful for example Game Center, Photos, and Safari. Next thing that is wrong with the UI is too much white. Yes too much white, which if you have a white iPhone will love. But if you have a black iPhone it will look a tad weird, I wish Apple would have given us an option to switch from white to black or a dark gray color. Overall the design is good like I said yet there is some work to be done.

    Features (Score: 9)
    The features are amazing! Of course we have seen this in Android already but its nice to have them come to iOS. I especially enjoy Control Center, and the new Siri.

    Performance (Score: 8)
    On my iPhone 5 the iOS 7 performance is pretty stable and good. But since its a new update it comes with bugs. There are some UI glitches here and there, and sometimes swiping through the home screen can be choppy. But thats my iPhone 5, results may vary for others. Overall no complains in the performance, any bugs will most likely be ironed out in a iOS 7.0.x update.

    Ecosystem (Score: 10)
    What can I say? The Apple ecosystem is still fantastic! iCloud is still great and syncs with your other devices with ease.

    So to wrap up, I give this update a 9/10. Not a perfect iOS update because nothing is really perfect. If you are reading this and still haven't decided to update from iOS 6, I think you should do it. iOS 7 something totally new, something iOS hasn't seen since 2007.

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