6 Reasons to Upgrade to iOS 7 Right Away and 5 You Shouldn’t

Should you make the leap? Let's run through some of the pros and cons

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It’s that time again — time to decide whether to hop on the bus to early-adopters-ville, or hang back, maybe sipping your mocha latte, knowingly watching the bus’ taillights disappear into the gloom from beneath the brim of your won’t-get-fooled-again beret.

Of course you don’t need to upgrade to iOS 7 immediately. You can bide your time, ignore the hype and just skip the longish wait times you’re likely to encounter downloading the update on launch day. And yes, iOS 6 works fine and should continue to indefinitely. There’s nothing so pressing or fantastic about Apple’s mobile-OS makeover that your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch can’t live without it.

But … it’s a brand new version of iOS! I share your Christmas-in-September enthusiasm, and I can tell you I won’t be waiting, but then I’m paid not to. Should you join the throngs about to leap? Let’s run through some of the pros and cons.

It’s the biggest visual overhaul of iOS since Apple introduced the iPhone.

iOS debuted in 2007 with the first iPhone, and it’s changed relatively little since, visually speaking: applications shuffled around, some icon tweaking and polishing, an extra row on the iPad and iPhone 5, some nips and tucks here and there. iOS 7, by contrast, changes everything: it’s the vanguard of Apple’s ostensible quest to liquidate skeuomorphic design (a fancy way of saying iOS calendars and notepads no longer resemble their physical analogues), a shift that’s as significant, aesthetically speaking, as the leap from Mac OS 9 to OS X.

You don’t have to hunt for common settings anymore.

Swipe up from your iOS device’s bottom and you’ll conjure the new Control Center, a place to get at some of the phone’s most commonly adjusted features, from brightness to Airplane Mode to a new build-in flashlight that uses the phone’s camera LED (simultaneously eliminating your need for a discrete, ad-littered freebie flashlight app).

A much improved, customizable App Store.

Tired of having to manually update each and every app when that red notification number pops up in your home-screen icon? iOS 7 lets you turn on automatic updates — problem solved! The new App Store also lets you search by age range, which, assuming vendors utilize it properly, should be a boon to parents wondering if an app is appropriate (both functionally and content-wise) for a 2-year-old, 5-year-old, 10-year-old and so forth.

Siri can now be a dude.

No, not the sort of dude that’s responding to your questions like Alfred Pennyworth, but a “personable male voice,” says TIME Tech’s Harry McCracken in his review. What’s more, Harry says Siri’s female voice “sounds less robotic,” can multisource content from additional sources like Bing or Wikipedia and can present more info in-line instead of launching another app.

Multitasking is significantly improved.

iOS has had multitasking — the ability to have multiple apps open simultaneously — since iOS 4, but through iOS 6 it’s had notable limitations. iOS 7 improves switching between as well as closing apps: no more stabbing at those tiny red circles — now you just swipe upward, or swipe with more than one finger to close multiple apps. You can also use updates while they’re updating.

Upgrading is free — and easy to do.

I know, what else is new about iOS upgrades — but some people don’t realize the gratis part. All you need to get your iOS 7 on is tap Settings, select General, tap Software Update, then follow the prompts.

And here’s the cons list:

It’s the biggest visual overhaul of iOS since Apple introduced the iPhone.

Déjà vu! Think the new interface looks like iOS fell into a bucket of clown makeup? Disagree with this notion that something like a camera-app icon shouldn’t resemble a physical camera lens because the design aesthetic won’t stand the test of time? (Even though camera lenses have looked like camera lenses forever?) If so, there’s an argument for hanging back here. Apple’s design view of the world is just one more design view of the world — some people like the way Apple decorates, some people don’t.

The launch-day-download traffic jam.

When iOS 6 arrived, I got lucky and pulled the whole thing down in just a few minutes. My colleagues, by comparison, had to wait several hours. No, iOS doesn’t lock up your phone while it’s downloading the update direct to the phone, but if you don’t want the stress of popping over every few minutes to note the download bar’s barely moved a pixel, give it a day or two, then make the jump.

There’s a steeper-than-usual learning curve.

My colleague Harry, who’s been living with iOS 7 for some time, says in his review it’s “different enough that for the first time, I’d recommend that owners of existing iOS devices wait to perform an update until they have some free time to acclimate themselves to the new experience.”

It’ll be a while before all your apps are fully updated.

You’re probably already seeing new versions of iOS 7–compatible apps in App Store, and you can expect most mainstream vendors to have their affairs in order at launch, but if you’re using a mission-critical app that hasn’t been fully updated, you might want to check with the vendor before pulling the trigger.

iOS 7 is a one-way trip.

Again, nothing new here, but for those who don’t know, once you’ve pulled the trigger, it’s iOS 7 or bust — you can’t downgrade to iOS 6.

135 comments
dalriata
dalriata

Siri was always a dude, after I switched it to the British version on my 4S with iOS6, months before iOS7 was released.

Steve_Cologne
Steve_Cologne

What is better in iOS7?

- ? (I've found nothing convincing up to now)


What’s worse in iOS7?

- Bugs, bugs, bugs … and … some more bugs.

- Control Center is much overloaded, so you switch things on and off unintentionally.

- Control Center has very low contrast. Depending on the background it is sometimes impossible to recognize a symbol.

- Control Center is nearly not accessible if you have your device in a casing with a frame around the screen.

- You often open Control Center accidentally while scrolling upwards.

- Many Icons have strange colors which are either too blurry or too flashy.

- Many Icons have a strange design which has nothing to do with its function, e.g. Game-Center, Reminders, Photos, etc.

- The Flat icon design looks old fashioned.

- Transparency or translucency destroys contrast.

- 3D- or moving-effects have no benefit, but they can cause dizziness.

- The new picker looks like a newbie draft.

- Folders can only hold 9 icons in one screen (16 in iOS6 on the iPhone, 20 on the iPad). So, if you do not need more than 16 (20) icons in a group – and that is most common – it’s easier with iOS6.

- Missing buttons make it difficult to find the functions. Often you do not know if something hides a function or if it’s just a name, title or description.

- Several functions are hidden and only usable if you KNOW exactly where to find them. There is no chance for an unfamiliar user.

- Calculator has no memory buttons in normal mode.

- Calculator buttons are not enough separated.

- The Notes-app has a very dazzling background color and is not as eye-friendly as the “old paper”-like look of iOS6.

- The Calendar is confusing and not well-arranged.

- Fonts are much too thin and therefore often difficult to read.

- The new “whole-screen-unlock-function” bears the risk of unlocking the phone unintentionally in ones pocket.

- You have to swipe down to find the Spotlight-search. Often you open an App or scroll down a list or open the Notification Center unintentionally instead of opening the Spotlight-search.

- The preview in the task list is mostly useless. If you only want to change an App, and that is what you do most with the task list – you have less Apps in view and more to scroll between.

- Media-controls are often more difficult to access.

- Figuring out the “New-App” indicator is much harder.

- It’s more difficult to switch to contact details from a text message.

... and some more

CarolineLopez
CarolineLopez

i cant use generic chargers and i cant get an original one i live in a small island no att stores

tradewindow
tradewindow

boycot ios7 and I also agree with Jack ... don't do it .... you'll spend your days wishing you didn't ..... the main problem is the appview which you have to learn all the hidden tricks for, like swiping off two apps at the same time ... the rest! it's just not designed by anyone with a qualification in usability. besides be more jerky than an old opal on the wrong kind of fuel ... boycot ios7 on facebook :) might give you some handy hints 

JackLongfield
JackLongfield

Don't Do It  Don't Do It  Don't Do It ROTTEN APPLE! ROTTEN APPLE!  

 "Waiting for changes to be applied" 

Go ahead then you'll understand what that means,

JeffSampson
JeffSampson

The biggest disadvantage to upgrading is the decreased battery life. Numerous sites have posted tutorials to improve battery longevity (Ex http://theipaddict.com/18-ways-to-improve-iphone-ios-7-battery-life/ and GigaOm), however, even with those changes battery life still isn't as good as with iOS 6. Even more unfortunately, is that many of the suggested changes disable some of the best features of iOS 7. Hopefully Apple figures this out, and it able improve battery life at least marginally.

jpvonlineservices
jpvonlineservices

I accidentally upgraded to the ios 7 and it was a major mistake.

First you cannot go back to the ios 6 so your screwed.

Second I have an iphone 4 and only the ipad 3 and iphone 5s and 5c are designed

to run the new ios smoothly so my phone runs like garbage.

Third I called apple and they basically told me what everyone has said online

"We will submit your feedback and if enough of our customers get mad enough

that we may actually start to lose sales we will get a programmer to spend 10 minutes

programming in a way to go back to the old ios because we believe in moving forward

even when it's the completely wrong direction."

Well guess what apple cars and trucks and oh my even planes and boats and trains have a reverse

because going forward is not always a good thing.

So congratulations on screwing people over, I am going to look into trading my iphone

for an android.

af440
af440

DON'T EVENT THINK ABOUT upgrading, if you are over 40 and need reading glasses.  I was fine with the old 6.x OutS, but while the new one has a cool factor, it comes with the price tag, and you have to put on your reading glasses.  Labels are bold with the 6.os and very slim with the new one.  Clearly this upgrade was desiged with 20 year olds eye sight by 20 year olds.   Apple should care more about function and less about looks.  I am now considering dumping my iphone and going to android.  

naqshbandi1989
naqshbandi1989

I was upgrading my fone to ios 7. now cell is dead. what to do?


Asinox
Asinox

The problem is the final user not the iOS ;)

fasdfgasd8dfg
fasdfgasd8dfg

I HATE the new IOS 7. If Apple doesn't bring back some of the user-friendliness of the calender or the yellow notepad appearance of notepad (2 things I use constantly) I'll be looking ditch my Iphone!

juleloe
juleloe

I had upgraded to IOS7 on my I-Pad2, it was a big disappointment, in order for me to read my e-book  I have to reload Adobe. There is so much static come out on the microphone that it's impossible to listen to the audio book or music . Is it possible for me to revert back to IOS6? Can some one please help!

jessicasmith900
jessicasmith900

HELP PLEASE i need someone to help me please i downloaded the ios 7 and it all came out fine then i clicked the hold botton and now it just turned black and the screen wont turn on but its still on cause i pressed on siri then it was on WHAT DO I DO HELP PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!!

jessicasmith900
jessicasmith900

omg someone help me i downloaded it on my iphone 4s and and it finished downloading then when i opened it the phone screen just turned black but its still on cause i pressed siri and it worked what do i do help me please

BarrySmith1
BarrySmith1

Beware. I downloaded iOS 7 and my phone's been stuck in recovery mode ever since and Apple have been no help at all

fleurcat
fleurcat

HELP, I have downloaded the new upgrade and hate it!  I now have a male voice telling me the day, the date and that my screen is locked.  How do I get rid of the voice unlock my phone and make a simple call?

photogal99
photogal99

I don't know what people are all making a stink about the new version. I think it's awesome. I love the easier way it is to put a photo on friggin' fb. The design is minimalist. I don't care if it looks like "my son's phone, or play toy, or whatever" Who cares people. It's been the same design since it's debut in 2007, I mean come on. People just can't handle change very well. I like the new tones. The backgrounds are kind of boring but I just put up a picture of my daughter. The paralax effect is unneeded but one of those cool features you see.  At least their upgrades are free, whereas with others, not so much. And that's fine, you are entitled to go buy something else. I don't think anyone ever reads the changes that came with the download. It was like a few pages long...lol! 

MichelleC
MichelleC

I wish I had never upgraded!!!!

Apart from the juvenile-looking fluro cartoon icons and the loss of functionality in the calendar (you can no longer see the whole month at the same time as checking what the individual meetings on each day are - instead you have to click back and forth from the month screen to the day/list screen for each day which REALLY SUCKS!!)  but...

on day 2 I found it cannot handle switching between the GPS (maps) and another feature (such as phone or mail) at the same time - which the previous version handled very well. Instead this one shuts the phone down completely and if you wait for it to come back up and then try it again it wipes the entire phone and leaves you lost and stranded without GPS or mobile. When you finally get near a computer you have to restore the entire phone to factory settings. Worst of all, you can't go back to version 6 unless you buy a new phone which I intend to do tomorrow. And since I hate ios7, it will not be an iphone.

theevilwelshman
theevilwelshman

The new design looks like something regurgitated from the stomach of Quentin Crisp. Design isn't all that important to me, but I would quite like a device that isn't going to scar my retinas. Steve Jobs was not the only man capable of steering this ship... but in this world I think it would be a challenge to find somebody who truly has the same kind of vision that he had. They have more money than sense, (more than all of Microsoft and Google combined) however they still release products that are at least comparable to other brands (samsung etc). I understand they also need to make affordable products, but I don't believe they are trying to push boundaries anymore. I believe they are trying to play the game. I hate the game.

sfxdm9mm
sfxdm9mm

I try to post comments on other sites and it shuts the browser down at first I thought the NSA was trying to shut me up but apparently it's a crappy IOS.

So far this comment post is working?

amfetita
amfetita

6 Reasons Not to Upgrade to iOS 7 Right Away and 5 You Shouldn’t

it's the worst ever apple made ..... I wish I never upgraded at all

can I go back to

the old version

sofy_102
sofy_102

if Steve was alive he wouldn't let that happen. The looks in the iOS7 are a sketch of an android. if apple is not getting back its identity better take a parachute.

alexisrada
alexisrada

I have updated my iphone 4s and I can't close my aps anymore can anyone help? I've tried dubble clicking the home button, then tried pressing the icons and sweeping upwards but nothing happens.. any sugestions other suggesstions?

PnutButterface
PnutButterface

I have a dictionary on my iPhone 4S and now I can't use it anymore. Luckily I can still use it on my (old) iPad but I need it on my phone too.

vonya
vonya

Please will someone tell us what to do. My Husband is trying to update and it is locked. You cant do anything there is an icon for iTunes on the screen. He wants to cancel but it want let him do anything.

We are new to this and have no idea what to do!

SharonDaphneFranklin
SharonDaphneFranklin

I am stuck in Terms and Conditions.  Can't use the phone - I keep pressing AGREE and nothing happens.  They sent it to me!  why would they do that if they are not ready to handle the response?


SindyAhh
SindyAhh

@af440 In ios7 is a setting to adjust font size and boldness-thickness. Set it to bold and one size up. You'll have to restart the devise after that change in settings, but you'll be happy after it does because the font looks just like the one in ios6.  ; )

KitEakle
KitEakle

@af440 I TOTALLY agree! We over 40's are totally left in the cold. I loved being able to hit my iPhone to read the time in the morning, now it is totally illegible without fumbling for my glasses. I've heard sys 7 described as a "Bold New Design" - Well BOLD it ain't!


Sira_DJ
Sira_DJ

@naqshbandi1989Turn on your phone while holding the home button. For further info just Google "iPhone DFU mode restore" and follow the instructions you'll find. Bye!

photogal99
photogal99

Rule #2: No OS will ever be perfect.

Biff
Biff

@MichelleC I got a new iphone 5 yesterday and was able to avoid having to upgrade to the migraine-inducing iOS 7.  It took about 24 hours of whining like a baby, but it was worth it.  Don't give up easily, don't acquiesce to using a crappy operating system in Doctor Seuss colors, and don't stop telling people about how awful iOS 7 is.  Apple is in the process of realizing what an egregious trail of mistakes led to this disaster, and they certainly are hard at work on an upgrade to iOS 7, but they should have to listen to vociferous criticism until they fix a problem that they foisted upon their loyal and unsuspecting customers.

greeny1968
greeny1968

@sofy_102 I agree too. I will leave my iphone on IOS6.

To be hopnest I am still using IOS5 for my ipad becase I use youtube and its better than the app.

NoreenHowesStead
NoreenHowesStead

@alexisrada  I kept trying to close using the icon as before but you can't close using the icon. Now you just swipe up on the photo screen you want to close.  Hope this helps I really like this new feature took a few minutes to get use to it..Good luck :)

PnutButterface
PnutButterface

@vonya Have you tried turning the phone off and then back on? (I wish I hadn't updated)

coolestkasinova
coolestkasinova

@SharonDaphneFranklin  Use a good internet connection before you select to choose I AGREE. It a digital acceptance sent via Internet. 

Make sure you selected Wifi or cellular or connected to iTunes with internet on while you move to this screen.

JadenLevi
JadenLevi

@photogal99 


 @photogal99

Of course not. But at least giving it some time will iron out the bugs. And by the way you egocentric fool...just because you have not experienced a problem...doesn't mean other people haven't. It's like human disease...not everyone gets the same symptoms. And they have a right to make a stink if they have. You aren't the only real person out there. Other people MAY have valid viewpoints.