iOS 7- Beta to Gold Master-A A +A
Sunday, September 22, 2013
IF YOU all remember, I did a few articles on the beta preview of iOS 7 before its full public release last September 18. So here's a quick roundup of that and how the full public release is so far.
Just a quick backgrounder though, I installed on my iPhone 4S the Gold Master release of iOS 7 a few days before the official public release. I just couldn't wait anymore. The Gold Master release is practically the public release that everyone downloaded and installed on their iDevices since the 18th.
This is the best thing I've noticed so far. The application crashes that I experienced during the early beta stages are now gone. My phone's pretty stable as if it was running back in iOS 6. The apps that I commonly use don't freeze or close down on me anymore. The Messages app also stopped crashing on me every time I double-tap on a still-sending-iMessage to convert it to being sent as a Text message.
Since the public release, a lot of the apps have been updated to get on the "flat" design bandwagon. Facebook redesigned its app to reflect that along with a few adjustments with the app interface. Camera+ (the camera app I use) also was updated to that "flat" look and a few other improvements. I heard that Twitter also updated its app. I wouldn't know though because I use Tweetbot as my Twitter client. No design updates on that though. I haven't seen Instagram getting a design update as well. Possibly in the near feature.
A lot have been said that the new UI design of iOS 7 is very Android-y. Again, I can't comment so much on that because I don't use or have an Android device myself. I won't try to debunk those comments. All that I can say though is that the new design works for me and I'm agreeable to it. It's simple and uncluttered by my standards. As far as the innards of the new OS is concerned, that's something that I still have to dig into myself. There's a lot that needs to be checked still. Recently, there have been "exploits" on the new OS that have been publicized. I'm pretty sure that guys at Apple are already working on patching up those "holes." I don't worry too much about it though because those exploits can only happen if they have my phone in their crummy hands. And with the way I use my phone, they'd have a hard time getting my phone.
So, at the end of the day, if you're using an iDevice and still not on iOS 7 and your device is compatible with iOS 7, you should go update. There's no point, I believe, in holding out and just sticking with your current OS version. Sooner or later, the apps that you'll use will ride on the new OS version, update themselves and probably drop support for non-iOS 7 devices. It's a long shot though that that will happen but it can happen.
Software updated. I gotta get my hands now on that hardware update - iPhone 5S.