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iOS 7

 11:31 am on Sep 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Raise your hand if you had to spend half an hour online finding out how* to get your WiFi back. Is it just me, or is there something Not Quite Right about a machine claiming it can't connect to a network ... when it just got through using that identical network to install itself?

* It is possible that the part about turning around three times widdershins while balancing a roasted onion on your forefingers wasn't strictly necessary. But I didn't want to take any chances.



 12:24 pm on Sep 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

don't get me started on iOS7, i could bang on about problems all day.
i don't mind it on the iPhone, but on the iPad it looks terrible because of the bigger screen.
what is with all the whitespace?
a lot of the apps are basically just a bright white screen with the tinniest, thinnest black text on them. and the notes app is even worse -- you've got a bright white screen with light YELLOW icons. good luck trying to see those in the sun, or without your glasses on
a lot of the buttons don't look clickable anymore either. on the camera app you don't press the links... for some bizarre reason you have to tap and hold, and then scroll them up and down. there is absolutely no clue that you have to do this... it took me 5 minutes to work that one out.
some of the most important buttons have been hidden so you can't even find them. the 'play game' option on gamecenter, for example -- maybe the most important button of all -- has been hidden behind three little dots. huh? it took me five minutes to find that too.
and what is with all the big icons? the folders on the homescreen only hold 9 apps at once now, and then you have to scroll through a load of fake pages to access the others. this despite the fact that there is acres of space to fit the rest. instead of making things easier and more obvious for users, which is what apple are supposed to be good at, they've decided to go the complete opposite direction, and make stuff worse.
i was never one of those people who bowed down at the feet of saintly steve jobs, but whoever designed iOS7 needs to go back and study his stuff. it's awful! if i could downgrade it back to iOS6 i would, but apple don't allow it.


 5:04 pm on Sep 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

That's the price you pay for upgrading to an OS that makes your iPhone waterproof.

[telegraph.co.uk ]

Never underestimate the power of collective stupidity


 9:46 pm on Sep 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

I agree -- iOS7 on iPhone I could live with (not that I want an iPhone) ... but on the iPad it's terribad (not that I want an iPad ... but I have one).

There are unofficial ways of downgrading, though.


 1:42 am on Oct 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

I would forgive them if only they'd added at least one of the four UCAS keyboards so I could type queries directly instead of cutting-and-pasting. You can type Cherokee, fer hevvins sakes; in fact I think you could already do that in 6.

Is there a Forums rule against this?


:: insert gripe about the times you want forums to auto-link, with further gripe about ridiculous use of non-fragment # in URL, making it impossible to change into a link even if you do it manually ::

I stumbled onto the page while looking for something else, and am curious whether anyone else had the same immediate visceral reaction I had: the "before" is clearly and manifestly better than the "after". Much like a Scandinavian architecture magazine. But I digress.


 4:50 pm on Oct 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've had enough of the "skinny jeans" metro fonts. Given what a font does, skinny is ridiculous. Readability matters.

I've got the font turned up to 24 and bolded (not all apps listen to the settings), so don't bother telling me I can make them fatter, I shouldn't have to.

And the swipe to answer a call, is finicky. That's also stupid, everyone scrambles to answer a call. The login / unlock is more finger friendly that the answer swipe - answering is the most rushed of entries, relatively speaking. "Oh sorry I missed your call, I was there, but the swipey thingy wouldn't take". Yuck.


 8:29 pm on Oct 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

Heh. My reaction was to something even more fundamental.

Old version: white on black: high contrast.

New version: white on light-blue: low contrast.

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