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What Is Wrong With iOS 7?

It’s going to be raw.

The Internet has been flooded with iOS 7 related news ever since its announcement at Apple’s WWDC on June 10th. While I’ve been trying really hard to resist adding to the shitload of iOS 7 related noise from self-declared designers giving their “expert” iOS 7 reviews, I’m unable to hold back any longer so here’s my two cents worth.

Let’s begin with a bit of a background. My very first Apple product was a MacBook Pro back in 2009. I’d never really heard of Apple before that and always thought that Apple products were bought by people who had the extra money to spare and nothing else better to do. Boy has that changed. That clunky machine is still going strong today and is still what I use everyday.

I’ve not looked back since and have added to my collection two iPhones and a classic iPod. That’s pretty much how far I go back with Apple. So before you start shitting on how I’m just another Apple fanboy, do understand that I embrace technology and seek whatever pleases me the most.

Now back to my thoughts on iOS 7. I really hate to say this, but it peeves me that every other Tom, Dick and Harry is ranting on and on about how hideous and broken iOS7 is. Do they really mean what they say, or are they simply in it for the traffic and fame?

Don’t misunderstand me. The people I have issues with aren’t those who painstakingly take time and effort to render their own improved versions of Apple’s iOS 7. I don’t have issues with them because they are the ones who actually are trying to make a difference by influencing Apple’s direction for iOS 7 for the better. These people are the ones who’ve realised that they can change and influence things that happen around them and we have to thank them for it.

“When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

– Steve Jobs

What I can’t stomach are those who ridicule Apple and everything else Apple related for no apparent reason. They stereotype Apple users and shit on everything else Apple related. They go on and on about how Apple is not going to survive post-Jobs and how Tim Cook is a wuss. The list just goes on.

The truth is, I don’t care.

Instead, what really pisses the shit out of me is how these people are constantly getting their bullshit published on recognised tech blogs all over the web. Of which some I’ve already made a mental note to unsubscribe from.

In my opinion, the iOS 7 beta is what it is. Be nice about it. It’s an OS truly in it’s beta stage that has been rolled out to developers to test for bugs and software compatibility. It’s not meant to take over the running of your iPhone from the current OS, at least not for now.

If you’re like me, a non-developer, stay away from it to prevent unnecessary frustration, at least until when it is ready for public release. If you’re going to go ahead and install it anyway, at least be nice about it and not ruin the experience and perception of iOS 7 for everyone else.

If you’re a designer, or non-designer having your own thoughts on how iOS’ user experience or interface can be improved, man up and do something constructive like what Ian and Peter have done instead of ranting and making the world a sadder place.

The bottom line is, stop messing around when you aren’t supposed to and mess around only if you have to. On top of that, if you choose not to listen, at least be nice about it.

Thank you very much.

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