iOS 7.0.3 Update Arrives, Nixes Allegedly Vertigo-Inducing Animations

Apple makes a necessary aesthetic concession.

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Rejoice, iOS 7 naysayers (or iOS 7 lovers-but-animation-haters): Apple just stealth-dropped iOS 7.0.3, bringing with it a host of bug fixes and feature updates, including the option to disable those purportedly vertigo-inducing animations.

Among the improvements this round, Apple lists iCloud Keychain support (this optionally stores your account names, passwords and credit card numbers across all of your sanctioned devices), a new password generator in Safari that’ll pitch ideas for unguessable phrases at you, a lock screen update that delays the display of “slide to unlock” if you’re using Touch ID, Wikipedia and web support from Spotlight search, and nearly a dozen bug fixes, including one for the glitch that allowed people to bypass the Lock Screen passcode.

But the thing I’m guessing most are going to want this for is the option to eliminate all those icon swoops and zooms (as much for aesthetic as hypothetical motion sickness reasons). In prior versions, you could slip into General > Accessibility and enable “Reduce Motion” to disable the parallax effect, but it didn’t transform icon animations.

Apple design maverick Jony Ive apparently felt this was too holy-holy to make optional. No more: Disabling “Reduce Motion” now knocks out the icon animations, too.

6 comments
rachelle2227
rachelle2227

I guess the update takes longer to show up for my ipad two...wonder why. Oh well, i am sure I will see it soon enough. Opening my ipad, it still passes the lock screen from the last update, hopefully this will be really fixed with this update.

btherock22
btherock22

Every time you switch apps there is an obnoxious fade effect. It doesn't take long, but it introduces an obvious delay that is not helping their new multi-tasking policy. Also, the Control Center needs to have a different way to pull it up. It could use the triple tap of the home button listed under Accessibility, for instance. Both issues would be completely resolved if there were some setting to change them.

jasonbrown35115
jasonbrown35115

It also did not fix the fugly icons.... iOS 7, the first iOS version that I truly despise. It has a lot of great features and things that were needed however the icons look as if they were designed by a drunk 3 year old. 

ishaandang
ishaandang

What a shame! I actually loved those animations! :-(

TimothyM.Luna
TimothyM.Luna

The iOS 7.0.3 update didn't fix the wifi issue. Or the battery issue.