Many of you should have already played with iOS 7 enough to form a solid opinion about it. As for me, I have been continuously playing with iOS 7 for the past week, and for the most part, I like it. However, Apple changed plenty of things that an iOS veteran will have to get used to and there are the mechanics that are simply annoying. You can say all you want about me nitpicking but as a seasoned iOS user, I find these iOS 7 changes/non-changes to be annoying.
You Have To Swipe Left to Trash Emails
With the previous, you can either swipe left or right to reveal the delete button. With iOS 7, you are left with only one option and that is to swipe left. It's pretty odd when swiping right does nothing at all. I would understand if the right swipe is reserved for a different function, but that's not the case. Swiping right from the left edge does take you back to your mailboxes.
Searching Within iOS
In previous iOS versions, you click Home to get to the first page and click Home again (or you can swipe to the right) to access Spotlight, the iPhone's search interface. Now this method to access the Spotlight does nothing. Instead, you swipe down on any page of the Springboard to access the search. Aside from the fact that it's not really that obvious, it becomes a lot more confusing because swiping from the top of the screen brings up the Notification Center.
The Translucent Volume Controls
Imagine while you're playing a game or watching a video and you turn up the volume to hear that sweet music playing. In iOS 7, you'll see a translucent, not transparent, volume window that shows up right at the middle of the screen, obscuring everything it covers. This translucent window sure goes away fast, but it is still downright annoying. Make it transparent again, Apple!
Folders Display Less Number of Apps
Folders used to display up to 16 apps at a time in previous iOS versions, but in iOS 7, it has been cut down to 9 apps. If you want to view more applications, you need to swipe to the next page. Well, at least they removed that silly limitation in relation to the number of apps a folder can contain.
Invoking Control Center While Inside Apps
The Control Center itself is pretty great but the problem lies with how it is invoked. When you are inside some apps, it is easy to invoke the Control Center especially when the app is also using the same swipe up from the bottom gesture. Obviously, this will be addressed in future updates of the apps, but as of now, this can be quite insufferable.
The Slow Animation
While the animation does make things a lot livelier, they also slow down the overall experience. The lag between taps and swipes (especially when selecting folders) just doesn't add up to a pleasant experience. Sure it's just milliseconds of difference but ultimately, they will all pile up. At least, Apple should give us the option to disable animations altogether because sure as hell that I would get to it on a heartbeat.
Still No Way to Set Default Apps
While the iOS Camera app is now improved and remains to be decent for the most part, there are many users would rather use a different app like Instagram or Camera+. How about with browsers? I know that many of you would rather use Chrome rather than Safari. However, iOS 7 still doesn't let users set a default app for certain uses.
No Customization for Control Center
Let me outright say this, Control Center is a great feature since it won’t make me miss SBSettings that much. However, I am disappointed with the lack of customization options. How about giving us the ability to set a shortcut to popular apps? Better yet, how about a shortcut to Settings? I do like that they added a shortcut to flashlight though.
Still No "Clear All" Notifications Gesture / Button
If you hated clearing notifications one by one in past iOS versions, brace yourself because the hating continues. Seriously, what gives Apple? Is it really that hard to add a gesture or button to clear all of my gazillion notifications? This problem is of course amplified if you are getting tons of notifications every day.
The iOS 7 Keyboard
The white keyboard buttons placed on top of a white background makes it all look faint and washed out. It makes things a lot harder to see, well, at least for me. However, I know full well that I am not alone in this sentiment. This becomes less of annoyance if you are on the iPad but on an iPhone, prepare to squint a lot. This is a huge issue for me when majority of my iPhone activities like texting involve typing.
And Apple seems to love teasing us because the black keyboard is actually available when using other apps like the App Store, on Search or iTunes. What's up with this inconsistency? Again, Apple could at least give us an option to customize the keyboard. With the release of the colorful iPhone 5c, this would be a perfect addition.
So these are the things that annoy me the most regarding iOS 7. How about you? Any issues that bug you regarding iOS 7? Feel free to share your experiences below.