One look at the current them for my blog and you’ll realize it’s no secret that I’m a bit of an Apple fan boy. And while I’m pretty sure there’ll be an iPhone 5S with my name on it somewhere later this year, for now I’m still rocking the iPhone 4S.
When I got up yesterday a bunch of my social media contacts were talking about their excitement for the new iOS, so I figured I may as well take the plunge too. A number of people noted that they received messages saying the update was unavailable or that they had problems with the update. That was not my experience. The update downloaded in about 15 minutes and the update went smoothly.
Besides the major visual update, the two things that caught my eye right away were the updated control center and camera app. My favorite additions to control center are:
- Switch Airplane Mode On & Off
- Turn Wi-Fi On & Off
- Use your flash as a flashlight
- Quick access to the calculator
My favorite update to the camera app was the pano feature, which allows you to easily take a panoramic photo. I know there were some ways to accomplish this on the iPhone previously, but none that I ever took the time to figure out. All of my Facebook friends can look forward to some panoramic shots off all the conference bookstores I’ll be hanging out in over the next year. 😉
The two apps that stood out as having some good updates in relation to the iOS 7 update were Facebook and Nike+. In the Facebook app, I love having the News Feed, Messages, and Notifications buttons at the bottom of the screen. It was rather irritating to always have to scroll to the top of your newsfeed to see those in the previous version, so hats of to the Facebook app team for this sensible changes. Changes to the Nike+ app were minimal, but most notable was improved screen locking.
I only have two minor grips about the upgrade. First is that I’m now forced to use the podcast app to listen to podcasts on the iPhone. In previous iOS versions you could access music, podcasts, and audiobooks all within a single app. My major reason for avoiding the podcasts app was that Nike+ doesn’t play well with it. When you hit the pause button on your apple earbuds, it pauses the podcast, but doesn’t pause your workout. As I said earlier, this is only a minor frustration. The ability to have new podcast episodes automatically update directly on the iPhone is a worthwhile tradeoff. My other gripe is that I lost the progress data for one of the games I was playing when I reconnected to Game Center. Rather than start over, I deleted the game as it often distracted me from work.
All things considered, I’m very happy with my move to iOS 7. I was a bit concerned that performance may be an issue on the iPhone 4S, but it’s been running like a champ so far.
Tell me about your excitement or disappointment with the move to iOS 7. What new features have you been most impressed with?
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