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iOS 7 Beta - Insights and Experiences

iOS 7 Beta    315 members have voted

  1. 1. Have you installed the Beta yet?

    • Yes
    • No - Will never install it
    • No - Plan to install it soon enough
  2. 2. If you like it, what is that you like the most?

    • Icons
    • Control Center
    • Typography
    • Lockscreen
    • Notification Center
    • Interface Elements - Buttons
    • It's Fresh, New and Cool!
    • Difficult to say right now
  3. 3. If you don't like it, what is itching you the most?


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Downgraded earlier, was doing my head in with constant crashing and being unable to quickly do something as simple as unlock my phone, ill just wait for the official release.

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Downgraded earlier, was doing my head in with constant crashing and being unable to quickly do something as simple as unlock my phone, ill just wait for the official release.

 

What phone model? Beta 3 on iPhone 5 has been running great. Only have the occasional springboard crashes. Maybe once every 3 days or so

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Quick update, camera app is doing hell for me. So are any apps that want access to the photos library.

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What phone model? Beta 3 on iPhone 5 has been running great. Only have the occasional springboard crashes. Maybe once every 3 days or so

 

 

when did beta3 get released?

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I am really looking forward to the final release and perhaps even breaking my jailbreak and upgrading. It seems it answers lot of gripes of the Jailbreakers with respect to functionality. I like the way Apple is going with gestures.

 

But, I really really want them to take a deep hard look with respect to colors and UI. It's just not looking cohesive at the moment. I hope they surprise me!

 

Sidenote:

Default icon-size of iOS - Is it only me or these icons are actually unbelievably huge since they don't necessarily exhibit any kind of detailed functionality. They look bloated and oversized. Is it not something Apple should carefully consider? Scaling down of icon-size a bit? May be it's only me since I use scaled down icons which really come out against the background. I am on jailbroken iOS 6. 

 

Side By Side

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I find them just right, they're about thumb size...which IMO is just right.

 

when did beta3 get released?

It hasn't (typo?..), probably be next Monday. (8th July)

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I find them just right, they're about thumb size...which IMO is just right.

With all due respect to thumb argument, I have never ever pressed a wrong icon and really they are not that small. High resolution screens of Android phone have such icons all the time. So, although I understand your argument, I fail to see its practicality. And yes, it is in fact right but that doesn't make it optimal.

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Stating the obvious is the bugs even at Beta 2. The final touches I am sure i will fix many of the current issues but the colors they have chosen for the flat icons is not impressive. The extra white space that they have now chosen to incorporate into their IOS7 theme along with a thin font makes some areas harder to read.

 

For Example the Notes. Uses a white background with a yellow highlight. The yellow highlight does not provide enough of a contrast to clearly see the text at first glance. 

 

The music player for Music is not a bad thing and I guess it will change in the future as how many songs it rotates through before it plays the same ones again. Maybe this is a current restriction on how many skips you can have but I am with iTunes Match so it should be as many as I would like or at least 10-20 per day.  Also not a fan of the magenta/reddish buy now text/box.

 

Although I understand its a Beta 2 the messages after a little use just is a mess for the name of the people you are texting. The text begins to overlap and it just becomes a garbled mess of text and you can't make out the name of the person you are texting. 

 

The recent calls history is too tall and the top of the history sits behind the all/missed calls box. I think this hasn't been adjusted for the iphone 4/4S vs the iPhone 5 screen sizes yet. 

 

The list of incompatible apps is much larger than i expected and the crashes are also abundant. It's expected so I that is why it cannot be my daily driver but a spare iPhone 5 helps the processing of testing. Still like my HTC ONE and can't wait for the HTC ONE WP8 variant. :) 

 

About to order the Lumia 925 but will wait to see what the US Variant will be like. Although most likely I won't use it on TMobile.

 

Using the Launcher 8 on the HTC ONE makes it realize that an 1080p WP8.1 phone would be great! Especially if they allow for a little customization like the Launcher 8 

 

So Apple too the ideas of some old PalmOS, Android, Cydia Apps and WP flat ideas and made a little better mix of the idea. They have a long way to go to marry those ideas into a more cohesive OS.

 

Beta 3 coming soon :) 

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Stating the obvious is the bugs even at Beta 2. The final touches I am sure i will fix many of the current issues but the colors they have chosen for the flat icons is not impressive. The extra white space that they have now chosen to incorporate into their IOS7 theme along with a thin font makes some areas harder to read.

 

For Example the Notes. Uses a white background with a yellow highlight. The yellow highlight does not provide enough of a contrast to clearly see the text at first glance. 

 

 

I agree. The phone screen was already hard to see in the sunlight, now it's just impossible because of the poor contrast.

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Do Apple tend to listen to developers beyond bug reports? I'm not a dev so don't have access to their portal, but i'm assuming if enough people complain about the poor contrast, hard to read thin fonts and hard to use outside are they likely to listen to this and make some design changes?

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My boss consults to the iPhone team regularly and he has already passed on my findings to them.

 

Since I have a direct ear at Apple's iOS dev team, are there a list of bugs you'd like me to have my boss discuss at Apple?  He has a meeting with them on Wednesday.

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when did beta3 get released?

bahh.. sorry complete typo ! Beta 2

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What phone model? Beta 3 on iPhone 5 has been running great. Only have the occasional springboard crashes. Maybe once every 3 days or so

 Beta 2 on 4s

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Good news, iOS 7 Beta 3 has just been released guys! :)

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Anyone know if GPS is fixed on the 4? couldn't see anything in the release notes?...

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Installed Beta 3 yesterday, OTA update. Working alot better now. Podcast are now working for me, but spofty will crash if i turn up or down the volume.

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iOS 7 on iPad?? Soon?

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iOS 7 on iPad?? Soon?

 

uhh "officially" iOS7 on iPad in September/October

 

You can get the beta now though. It was released for iPad 2 weeks ago now. We are on beta 3, but the first beta did not include iPad support

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iOS 7 on iPad?? Soon?

 

Running beta 3 on my iPad Mini, working alot better then beta2.

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Running beta 3 on my iPad Mini, working alot better then beta2.

 

I still have the same issue with multitasking, sometimes when I activate it, I just see a blank wallpaper.

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iOS 7 on iPad?? Soon?

Has been since beta 2

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I still have the same issue with multitasking, sometimes when I activate it, I just see a blank wallpaper.

 

Biggest problem I have with it is the auto rotation is terrible on the iPad. Sometimes it does other times it doesn't and sometimes the status bar will rotate but the icons won't .

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I still have the same issue with multitasking, sometimes when I activate it, I just see a blank wallpaper.

dont have this,

 

iPad Mini 16Gig Wifi.

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Few things... you can select mailbox folders to be viewed. So, you can now remove VIP and ALL Inboxes.

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Skype still crashes, Im guessing it will be one those apps which will continue to crash until September when iOS7 is closer to public release and they release an update.
Other than that, my only issue now is the auto orientation seems to not work properly on occasion. 

One new cool feature is when you have a notification for a specific app, a small blue circle will display infront of the app name to remind you that it needs attention somehow. **** update, its telling you this app has been updated from automatic updates**** 
Coming along nicely I think. The new larger font will get some getting used it, I honestly preferred it smaller.

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