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#31 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 18:20

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#32 virtorio

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 18:39

Some of the UI changes are great, but I think the new icons look awful.

#33 Stetson

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 20:17

Some of the UI changes are great, but I think the new icons look awful.


Agreed. The main app UI overhaul is very nice. Most of the single color icons are nice looking too, like in Control Center. The app icons could use some work though.

The camera icon doesn't look so bad when you're actually looking at it on your phone, it has a couple of crisp details to it, but Settings, Safari, and Reminders are pretty rough.

#34 Shiranui

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 00:48

My son will have to wait till he gets an iPad mini 2.

#35 The_Observer

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 00:55

https://vine.co/v/blOUxUtaKzE
This I did not know, and is very cool!


trying to work out how?

#36 McKay

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 01:08

Im running it on my iPhone 5 and let me tell you, its simply fantastic to use. So far the only thing that is buggy is the scrolling of youre contacts (it lags a bit) but the new features are just beautiful to use. When it does become widely available, you will all love it.

Feel free to ask me anything specific about it.


Mine lagged on contacts on all the iOS versions on all phones, probably because I have a tonne of contacts. How badly does it lag? Im talking the occasional jitter when fast scrolling.

#37 psyko_x

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 01:25

The Bad:
- slow/laggy
- apps crash a lot
- my volume down button doesn't work (iphone 5)
- the icons look like a kid drew and colored them
- itunes radio song selection sucks. it gave me an old school hiphop station but then kept playing 50 cent and other garbage (btw how do I tell it I don't like a song???)

The Good:
- control center is great
- love safari's tab system
- glad we finally have multitasking windows
- font and color scheme is pleasing to the eye
- really love that if you go to Photos, you can "zoom" out/in to view photos organized by month, year, etc

Most of the negative points are things I expect in a beta. Overall I like iOS7 but it's not mind blowing compared to Win Phone 8

#38 Bizkit

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:06

I have been using it since Monday night, and its pretty nice. The changes take some getting used to, like having the control panel.

I have it on a Verizon iPhone 5. I feel I am pretty knowledgable about the iPhone, I used to have my phone jailbroken and have had a few Android phones in the past. I am also running the OSX 10.9 beta on my Air right now.

Overall, I really like it. I hear a lot of people wondering if other apps icons will make it look crappy, and it honestly doesn't look any better or worse to me.

My home screen:
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I REALLY like the overall uniformity. Everything looks like it was made by the same team, and the same time. in iOS 6, some things looks great and slick, other things looked terrible and 5 years old. That was a big plus to me.

Lockscreen:
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The lock screen looks great to me, I like minimalistic things. Having the notification drop down on the lock screen is very nice. Works smooth and looks good.

Multitasking is really smooth and fast. Its great to have it. A lot better to me then tweaks like Auxo for jailbroken phones. it also works in landscape mode, which I thought was a nice touch.

Having infinite folder sizes is a blessing, as well as being able to dumb newsstand in there.

HOWEVER it is very much a beta. Not all apps work (Skype doesn't even load), and some have graphical issues:
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Battery life is not as good as iOS 6. I would say about 75% as good as before. I listen to podcasts all day, which a few hours of talk time (maybe 3), and light web browsing. I cannot make it to 5pm on iOS 7. But it is expected in the beta.

There are some slowdown on some of the animations, but I'm talking like half a second, if that. It is noticeable, and not Apple's polish.

Overall, I would say if you are the type of person that loves to try new things, and are not afraid of a few bugs, it is save to install, baring you can deal with the battery life.

Ask me anything about iOS 7, I'll try to get either pictures here, or some Vine shots. I have no way of recording video unless you want a crappy video on YouTube from an iPhone 4S!

#39 Stetson

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:10

(btw how do I tell it I don't like a song???)


Tap the star button (next to play/pause) to open a menu which has basically the equivalent of thumbs up and thumbs down choices.

#40 psyko_x

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:20

Tap the star button (next to play/pause) to open a menu which has basically the equivalent of thumbs up and thumbs down choices.


ahh ok thanks. That wasn't intuitive to me. When I see the star I think it means 'favoriting' it or saying I really like it

#41 wivelden

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:23

On my iPhone 4 I dont get any transparency on the dock background and I also dont have any wallpapers installed either static or dynamic. Overall OS is very laggy and many apps crash.
Is the 4 supposed to have transparency?

#42 Brian Miller

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:33

The "Today" view in Notifications should shown the date for today too.

#43 Stetson

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 19:46

I noticed today while driving that iTunes Radio has pretty good Siri integration. Things like "I like this song" or "I don't like this song" work, and you can ask it to switch stations as well.

The "Today" view in Notifications should shown the date for today too.


It does for me.

#44 +warwagon

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 19:52

iOS 6 struggles a slight bit on the iPod touch 4. I suspect it *may* have to do with the touch having only 256 MB of RAM.


Well i'll be ****faced on a sunday .... I had no idea the 4th Gen only had 256 megs of ram.

Hm.... is the swear filter working? I totally just had to * out my own swear word.

#45 Jaybot

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:29

I love that you can finally put Newsstand in a folder!