New iOS7 updates leave users annoyed
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 00:10
It is assumed that Apple’s iPhone iOS software updates fix problems, not make new ones.
But for many students at Sam Houston State University, the opposite is true.
There have been plenty of students voicing many issues and complaints about iOS7, Apple’s latest software update. While many students had different problems with the update, they were less happy about the problems, and happier about addressing them.
The functionality of iMessage was one of the biggest issues with iOS7.
Sophomore education student Cassi Ashby ran into a few bugs when she tried maintaining her texts via iMessage.
“If I try to delete a lot of my messages at once, it’ll freeze, and then delete all of them [instead],” Ashby said. “It’s really weird. And when I restart my phone, all of the messages are there. It’ll work normally for like a week, but then it does it again.”
Sarah Beutler, sophomore interdisciplinary studies major, found iOS7 very impractical to use, especially the camera function.
“As a non-iPhone user, it’s really hard to learn all the features now,” Beutler said. “It was hard to take pictures on my friend’s phone because it had to be just right, or else the face would get cropped out. It seems like with more updates, more problems come up.”
Beutler’s friend Rachel East, junior interdisciplinary studies major, decided not to update her phone because of the complaints about iOS7.
“I hate my iPhone,” East said. “I’ve had a lot of problems and glitches with it. I’ve had to reboot it so many times. Sprint even wants be to bring it in just so I can get the new update, but why would I want an update that people aren’t happy about?”
Another problem with iOS7 is motion sickness from the iPhone 4S and up. According to Sebastian Anthony from Extremetech.com, this new phenomenon is known as cybersickness, which comes from the combination of hi-resolution screens, bright colors, the parallax home screen, and the zoom motions from opening/closing apps.
Just like motion sickness, cybersickness is caused by disagreement between the eyes and the movement perceived by the balance system in the inner ear.
One particular student experienced this form of nausea along with other problems.
Anne Wheary, junior interdisciplinary studies major, said that the parallax motion in the home screen along with the zooming made her feel queasy.
“I really don’t like how it zooms in your face, it makes me feel weird,” Wheary said. “I don’t like the [parallax] motion in the background either.”
Wheary’s mother, Jana Reynolds, was confused when her phone completely changed after updating it. In an iMessage conversation with her daughter Reynolds had a hard time managing the user interface.
“Oh my gosh. My whole phone is different! Ugh,” Reynolds said. “Ugh! Now I have to figure it out all over again!”
Junior psychology student Bailey Anthony found the automatic zooming for the custom wallpaper feature troublesome.
“I don’t like how it automatically sets the image to the background without letting me modify it,” Anthony said.
Senior history student Dustin Escagne didn’t have a problem with iOS7 but had a problem with the software’s compatibility with his Mophi charging case.
“It used to work with my phone before I updated it to iOS7,” Escagne said. “But now my phone doesn’t recognize my case anymore. So there goes $100 down the drain.”
Apple has yet to comment on these complaints.