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I've about reached the end of my rope with iOS7 on the iPad Mini


At first, I had few issues with iOS7 on the iPad Mini. There were minor annoyances, sure, but I was also enjoying the additional functionality.

Over the last couple of weeks, though, I've found myself more and more frustrated with the small things - death by a thousand cuts, as it were. For example:

  1. When in landscape and scrolling through a page or document, I inevitably bring up Control Panel at least once. Sure, I can disable Control Panel inside of apps - but if I do that, what's the point?
  2. Multitasking actually seems worse. Earlier, I was inside of a Feedly writing a post and jumped to Chrome to copy and paste a link. When I jumped back to a Feedly to finish my post, the entire app reloaded. That's just unacceptable.
  3. General performance - especially in third party apps - seems worse overall. There's stuttering when scrolling, lag when typing, and dropped frames during both in-app and system animations. Apps are also crashing more frequently, though that has always been a bit of a problem for me on the Mini. Finally, things just feel a bit slower - app loading especially.

I'm torn, because I generally love the Mini's hardware - I prefer 8 inches and 4:3 to 7 inches and widescreen, and I love the Smart Cover experience as well. Beyond that, I like having a foot in both major ecosystems.

All of that said, part of me thinks if I'm going to put up with instability and slightly-stuttery performance, I may as well the added functionality of Android. The benefits of iOS for me have always been performance, reliability, and ecosystem - and I feel like iOS7 has reduced two of those.

How do other Mini owners feel with iOS7? Right now I'll probably wait to see what Apple announces later this month, but given Apple's tendency of putting as little RAM in their mobile devices as possible, I'm concerned the next iteration of the Mini will take a hit around the time iOS8 or iOS9 rolls out.