The big question:
Apple iOS7 - Should you stay or should you go?
iOS 7 has arrived, and eager users everywhere are getting ready to upgrade their devices. How about you?
Yesterday, I asked the Bit by Bit staff if they had upgraded their devices to iOS7 (see responses below!). Not surprisingly, the large majority had (yes, we are a technology company). Most employees liked the revision, but personally I am not a fan of the design changes. Other than that, and the fact that it did take a bit of time, functionality remained the same and the upgrade process went smoothly. Time will tell.
If you’re concerned about the upgrade process, or if you simply want to know all your setup options before making the big switch, let us help you upgrade your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to iOS 7
Insights from our own staff regarding personally upgrading to iOS7:
My wife and kids updated last night
Wife says things are faster
Yes it has been smooth...apps seem to have updates and work...
Basic functions like delete and search are a little different.
I upgraded my iPad2 last night out of curiosity.
The upgrade was about 30 mins and used 4% of the battery to download and install
I only use mainstream apps and several of them had ios7 updates which I applied.
The transitions are nice but like windows I would disable them if I could for better performance.
Being an android user I like the swipe down and up to get the notifications/settings and control screens.
When you double click home for multitasking it now shows the windows that are open and I like that you can swipe up to close them. This was a feature in the PalmPre that I liked circa 2009.
Overall I do like the new graphics. Its just sleeker.
One app that annoyed me was the nytimes app. You can't pinch and zoom to increase text size. It has to be done from the settings app general settings.
I didn't know that there was a new version out.
I'm still on iOS 5.1 :( I never upgraded to 6 because of the map issue. I eventually downloaded the google maps app, but it's not the same.I'm not really sure of the benefits of iOS 7, nor do I think they could be so earth-shattering that it's worth giving up my beloved maps and 4GB of space on my phone.So I'll be staying on iOS 5 until I upgrade my phone.
I upgraded an iphone 4s and a second generation Ipad yesterday. Both upgrades went fine. I have read and know of one person that had major problems with an ipad mini upgrade (had to reset to factory settings). I didn't look into to it much but apparently non-retina based displays (i.e. ipad mini) have the possibility of being buggy.
Haven't used the ipad yet.
Iphone ... visually is quite a big change as opposed to other upgrades. It didn't take long at all to get used to it and I personally really like the changes. My only real complaint so far is battery drainage. As a caveat, I think my phone's battery is somewhat faulty and I've had issues in the past so I can't say for sure if IOS7 is the main culprit. I basically went from 95% to 40% in 2 hours while playing music and checking out the new features which is really horrible performance. In addition I have disabled most features that are turned on by default that could impacts battery performance.
My phone has already lost 20% of its battery life in 2 hours this morning and I used it for about 2 mins.
I did and it works
My iPad I had to factory wipe and reconfigure everything from scratch.
I upgrade my iPhone 4 to the new OS also, works fine.