So I decided to take the plunge and upgrade my iPhone 5 to the first Beta of iOS 7. Overall Im very impressed by the fluidness of the system, the graphical nuances, and the surprising stability of the first release. Although I do have a few gripes.
As expected, a few of the Apps I normally use don’t work. Most importantly, Twitter and FaceBook seem to work with out too many glitches!
I’m going to start from the lock screen to be as linear as possible. I love the idea of Control Center – everything essential at the flick of a finger. Although you can disable access to Control Center from the lock screen, you have to disable all of it at the lock screen. Now the reason I say this is because friends (particularly my friends) like to play pranks! As simple as opening Control Center from the lock screen and turning down the brightness would dumbstruck most in to thinking there was something wrong with their phone! Haha! That’s why it would be cool to be able to disable certain parts of Control Center from the lock screen.
I also think it would be really handy to be able to enable or disable 3G/4G from the Control Center too!
The overall look reminds me a bit of both Android and Windows 8 – like a hybrid of both. The font in particular reminds me of Windows 8. Many of the icons are going to take a little getting used to, and quite frankly, the Safari icon has to change! It’s horrid! I like that the clock icon represents the real time – a nice touch. Only in my time zone it doesn’t seem to work! Check the screen shot below, the icon time is an hour behind the time at the top!
The obligatory double click of the home button brings up a flash new way of seeing all your open apps. You can flick them upwards in order to close them. I’m still of the opinion that there needs to be a simple “Close all Open Apps” option!
I’ve only been using the beta for 24 hours so far, and i’m sure there are going to be many more things I like and dislike. It certainly is a very brave decision by Apple to make this step – let’s be honest, they didn’t have to change what they had!