TechSpot: Six Things Apple Got Right In iOS 7 And Six Still Missing

Despite how much people claim to like change, at the core we are creatures of habit. Just as we saw when Facebook introduced Timeline and as we will see when Twitter makes its next significant change, people are going to get up in arms about it. Apple’s iOS 7 was no different.

Described as the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone, iOS 7 has been available to the general public for roughly two weeks at this point. That’s given everyone plenty of time to get accustomed to all of the changes and vent about them, but for us, it’s served as an evaluation period.

Looking beyond the flat UI and the animated background, has that much really changed in Apple’s mobile OS? Here are my top six things still missing in iOS 7 as well as the six that Apple nailed with the update.

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Apple may have a problem on its hands. No, I take that back. Apple definitely has a problem. The only questions are how hard will it be to address, and how much will it cost Apple-in money and reputation?

I saw a report yesterday from VentureBeat claiming that the iPhone 5s sensors are jacked. That article cites a Gizmodo investigation, which includes a number of test scenarios demonstrating how the iPhone 5s is off a few degrees

So i guess iphone 5s is more vulnerable and lest secure to be hack then Android !!!

An Yet the Android still has **** problems as well. Its still very laggy even on SG4. Sensors on SG4 are almost off. Bluetooth has problems with android devices. I have even had Wifi problems.

well i disagree with your statement since i own a Galasys4 and my Wifi work great!!! even better then my iphone 5 wifi !!! all phone have problem but iPhone 5s sensors are jacked!!!

I hate these news items where you need to click to go to another web site to actually read the article. Neowin you are doing downhill fast!

So I am not going to read the article on Techspot.

Dear Julio Franco,
Instead of providing us with an article with just a link to an article on another site, you'd better start writing a full one. People land on neowin to read articles and not click on links to read articles elsewhere.

Ditto?

Why would the founder of Techspot send the entire article to Neowin, losing potential traffic to his own site? Neowin is partnered with Techspot as it says at the bottom of the article. This strategy suits both sides.

Yeah, right! Turn neowin to an RSS reader then. Do you think that readers care about neowin's partners, or about its content? Keep doing this and it will be you and yourself the only ones visiting it.
Neowin is at its worst ever! Do something now and save it as it does not offer anything unique nor can compete others anymore.

Nikos_GR said,
Yeah, right! Turn neowin to an RSS reader then. Do you think that readers care about neowin's partners, or about its content? Keep doing this and it will be you and yourself the only ones visiting it.
Neowin is at its worst ever! Do something now and save it as it does not offer anything unique nor can compete others anymore.

So we shouldn't have news shows, because they have a lot of the same stories that come from somewhere else? The Associated Press is where a lot of news comes from, but is published in many different newspapers. It's the same concept. I don't visit Techspot, but if I hear about it on here, then maybe I'll go there.

I really don't see a problem with it. Yes original content is sometimes better, but sometimes it's also unnecessary.

farmeunit said,

So we shouldn't have news shows, because they have a lot of the same stories that come from somewhere else? The Associated Press is where a lot of news comes from, but is published in many different newspapers. It's the same concept. I don't visit Techspot, but if I hear about it on here, then maybe I'll go there.

I really don't see a problem with it. Yes original content is sometimes better, but sometimes it's also unnecessary.

Who's said there shouldn't be news? Read twice next time before you reply! There are no news really, but references to other sites. That makes it more like an RSS reader than a tech news site already.
You don't see the problem, apparently because you cannot.
Let me repeat that neowin had used to be something, but now it is another one from the dustbin.

So all they did is copy what most phones had for ages and everyone thinks its new and cool. Ive had bluetooth and wifi toggles on my sony k750. Timestamps could be hidden or displayed on android for ages. Icons are ugly and look like child toy.

Really nobody cares about the "Android had it first, blah blah blah" argument...
Are you saying that nobody can share the same functions as anybody else?
Sorry, but your logic on this is stale and meaningless...

Astra.Xtreme said,
Are you saying that nobody can share the same functions as anybody else?

Where did you get that from? He didn't say it's bad that 7 has these things. It's just that it doesn't do a lot more than trying (only partially successful) to catch up. Reading comprehension, try it.

This won't even mention the layered UI and data focused design principles. There's a lot of very neat stuff that iOS 7 introduces that is not button with a function, but just provides better UX, even if is doing the same thing. Also the article is severely limited on the author perspective, not to say that he might be right in a few things, but a little more broadness on the analysis and discussion would be way better.

To be honest I've not been paying attention to iOS recently, so I found it surprising to note how many of the 6 additions to iOS seemed to show that Apple have needed to play catch-up with their OS compared to other developers.
As for the things that are missing...well, if iOS 7 has shown anything it's that there is always the possibility for improvement, so let's hope they start working on those issues.

Depicus said,
Then you clearly are running Android as WP is so far behind it's sad.
Then clearly you've never used a WP since call (and text) blocking feature is available in all Samsung and Nokia WP devices, timestamp is messages has been available since WP7, WP was the first to offer true multitasking and Android played catch up, you can set third party camera app as default and orientation lock is present in GDR3. So the only thing sad is that you have no idea what you're talking about.

AsherGZ said,
Then clearly you've never used a WP since call (and text) blocking feature is available in all Samsung and Nokia WP devices, timestamp is messages has been available since WP7, WP was the first to offer true multitasking and Android played catch up, you can set third party camera app as default and orientation lock is present in GDR3. So the only thing sad is that you have no idea what you're talking about.

Ummm....first to offer multitasking? I own a WP and that's just completely false. It still only offers TRUE multitasking for navigation apps. The first OS that I know of to offer TRUE multitasking (have one app open, start a process, switch to another and have the process continue) was WebOS, and tbh nothing has come close to it since.

AsherGZ said,
Then clearly you've never used a WP since call (and text) blocking feature is available in all Samsung and Nokia WP devices, timestamp is messages has been available since WP7, WP was the first to offer true multitasking and Android played catch up, you can set third party camera app as default and orientation lock is present in GDR3. So the only thing sad is that you have no idea what you're talking about.

Nokia 710

siah1214 said,

Ummm....first to offer multitasking? I own a WP and that's just completely false. It still only offers TRUE multitasking for navigation apps. The first OS that I know of to offer TRUE multitasking (have one app open, start a process, switch to another and have the process continue) was WebOS, and tbh nothing has come close to it since.

Context...

Technically all mobiles OSes have always had 'multi-tasking'. Access to the muli-tasking features from 3rd party Apps is the 'context' and how it is implemented.

With regard to Android, there are things with how processes are allowed to run and managed that do not properly run in the background (multi-task), which work easily on WP7 and WP8.

One simple example, try playing music from a website on Android. Notice how it 'suspends' when you navigate away and the music shuts off.


Regarding Navigation Apps, your statement is incorrect.

Even the older Navigon navigation Apps run just fine in the background with voice directions. Nokia Maps navigation is available to all WP8 devices, and runs seamless in the background.


Unlike Android, WP users running Apps in the 'background' DO NOT have to worry opening other Apps that could create conditions like load or low memory, where on Android opening an App can cause the OS to shut down an ESSENTIAL background process. (Android has been known to shutdown its own phone and messaging background processes, especially in the pre 4.x versions that people are still using.)

Android's process and RAM management still have real problems that create a lot of end user issues, including crashes because background ESSENTIAL processes are being closed or 'restarted' by the OS.

You can literally be on a Skype call and just putting your Android phone down on a Dock that opens your 'Dock' App and have the OS terminate Skype to free RAM, ending your call.

This type of stuff happens more than users realize on Android and is why a loading App fails or the Camera crashes, as the background 'process' to lookup the photos from the gallery or other needed processes has been arbitrarily closed by the OS.


So ya, Android has true multi-tasking, but its management of it is bad/ineffective and fails users.

On Windows 3.0 that had non-preemptive multi-tasking over 20 years ago, WOULD NOT close background processes, yet in the year 2013 the leading mobile OS is still terminating essential and active processes.


As for WebOS being the first multi-tasking Mobile OS, this is also incorrect.

WinCE from the 1990s had TRUE preemptive multi-tasking. In 2002, the PocketPC (WM) Phones had true multi-tasking as well being built on the WinCE kernel and frameworks.


Side notes...
Microsoft knows how to build an OS and implement preemptive multi-tasking, so WP doesn't suffer in this area.

Microsoft did design a 'mobile' approach to the management of App framework platform so that Apps wouldn't be sitting in the background eating CPU cycles unless they are TRULY needed.

This is where the confusion comes from.

The model Microsoft designed was copied somewhat by Apple and both are implemented as a response to Android's problems in trying to manage unfettered background processes along with errantly shutting down processes without regard to their active state or priority.

Edited by Mobius Enigma, Oct 4 2013, 8:09pm :

It still haven't put in proper SMS support in iPad that lets all form of SMS to be sent to all phones, similar to a mobile phone.

Obviously the 2 main vocal groups were "I want it to change" and "I want it to stay the same". Whichever group isn't getting what they want at the time is going to be the more vocal.