iOS7: Must or Bust?

Natasha Sharma ’17
Contributing Writer

I knew it was coming.  There were early warning signs several fortnights ago.  Rumor was that it was preparing itself to siege millions of kingdoms.  We had heard whispers from the countryside, and messengers from different kingdoms were atwitter: fear ran rampant that no one was to be spared.  I did all that I could to prepare, and on the eve of its arrival, I cleared the archives, removed my casing, and found a steady signal to prepare for its onslaught.

And on the 18th day of the ninth month, it came.

Settings.

My hands shook.

General.

My brow tensed.

Software update. 

The room quieted.

Beat.

Checking for Updates.

Beat.

Busy circle.

It was here.

Download and install. My glossy white castle was overrun by this monstrosity, and it was relentless.  It spoke to me in different dialects from faraway places and then demanded the four-digit key to the castle.  I trembled and gave up the key, resigned to the fact that my whole world was about to change.  Forever.  Twitter seemed pretty pissed about it too: #slowwifi, #nowifi, #wtf, #apple, #iOS7, #twerkythumbs.

 The new iOS 7 was pretty ugly at first, with its garish icons and enormous text size.  It slowed everything by about a fraction of a second, but take those seconds, compound them, add some interest or whatever, and it pretty much amounts to a whole episode of Kourtney & Kim.  That’s a lot of time.

 Here are the first few notable things I observed about iOS 7:

Control Center: The control center allows users to adjust brightness and volume as well as connect to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Airplane mode.  It also includes tools like a calculator, flashlight, stopwatch and a shortcut to the camera app.  Handy.

Messages’ time stamps: The iPhone has never provided a general time frame for sent and received text messages. I am a horrible texter and can never keep track of how long I keep someone hanging on my reply. With the iOS 7, one swipe to the left can show the exact times of each message sent, so now, I can continue to not reply to you, except that this time, I’ll know how long I kept you waiting.

FaceTime audio: Cell phone service sucks on campus.  Wi-Fi does not. So now, make audio calls with FaceTime through your internet connection.

Airdrop: It works if you have an iPhone 5 – you can share files with people who are connected to the same wireless network and are standing close to you.  Useful when you don’t feel like emailing.

After spending two weeks with the iOS 7, I feel like I own a completely new phone. I had a hard time adjusting to the all the changes, and at first, I kept wishing I could switch back to the happy days of iOS 6.

That said, this new software is turning out to be pretty alright.  Now that I have figured out how to navigate its fancy opaque menus, I find myself, somewhat reluctantly, enjoying the phone. The menus are now intuitive and accessible. What was once ugly has now become less-ugly, which, by any measure, is a good thing. Sure, it took over my glossy white castle and went a little color-crazy, but now, what was once foreign has become second nature.  Next time, though, I’m going to build a moat. Watch yourself, iOS 8.

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