The mere idea of not having your smartphone at your side, constantly vibrating and dinging to remind you that you’re connected to the world is a fear that many people could never imagine.
Over a quarter of all Americans own an iPhone. Understandably, with 40 percent of all smartphone-using college students having an iPhone, the iOS 7 update on Wednesday, Sept. 18, was a big deal to many.
As said previously, the idea of not having your communication-companion is obviously one met with extreme grief, but what are the feelings on it simply changing? With virtually the same actions as its primitive ancestor, iOS 6, what could there be to dislike about iOS 7?
iPhone’s latest update gives a once blunt interface a sleek yet pallid wash down, both softening colors where needed and adding gusto to previously bland parts of the software.
Where does our sometimes-helpful friend Siri fall into the situation with the launch of the new software? Our now transgendered helper can switch between male and female at your request, but will gladly still give you a list of the closest dumps, swamps and metal foundries when you tell it, “I need to bury a body!”
If anyone grew tired of the played out notification tones, “Marimba,” “Xylophone,” or the greatest of all nap-alarms, rationally appointed “Alarm,” than the there is another positive feature of the update. Nearly thirty new tones have been added, while the original tones can still be found in their own section entitled “Classics.”
Stuck in the dark and need some light? With iOS 7 you no longer have to search and open your laggy “Flashlight App.” Now your camera can do what Apple should have done so long ago. With merely a swipe of your finger and a click of a button, your camera bulb doubles as a flashlight.
Speaking of the iPhone camera, you previously had to take a picture with your phone first then add the photo to Instagram or Facebook before you got the chance to edit and add effects. However, now iOS 7 enables you to take pictures with the edit over the live camera feed, straight from your iPhone.
Regardless of many owners’ apprehensions, iPhone users synced their phones to Wi-Fi at noon, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 to see what Apple had in store for them. Some phones took hours to upgrade, while others a couple minutes.
Sophmore, Valeri DiCarlo said, “I started updating my iPad at [noon], and it wasn’t finished until around dinner time.” She went on to say she still was not sure if she liked the upgrade or not.
All in all, truly the only new things iOS 7 additionally offers is a fresh color scheme, a new lock screen, and of course the flashlight. Yes, these upgrades are nice, but with that being said, should the upgrade been made as big of a deal as it was?
Moreover, was it worth the hype? It all depends on what your expectations were. If all you wanted was a change from the classic look, than you’d be satisfied, but if you wanted an entirely new phone, than no. Personally, I didn’t care what the update made the phone look like, all I was hoping for was new Emojis, and we all know how that turned out.