Apple releases iOS update 7.1
Few weeks back, iPhone, iPad, and iPod users were given quite the treat. It was then that Apple decide to release their long in development 7.1 iOS software. For developers, this had been in the beta stages for months, and finally got its March release date after an original iOS 7 release date 6 months prior. In this article, we will briefly go through some of the new features, what this means for Apple users, and the significance of this update. For some users, there will be more improvements available than for others. For example, the biggest benefactors from this update will be the iPhone 4 users, which I will explain later on.
The iOS 7.1 update can be considered a well needed polishing for the latest release of Apple’s flagship mobile operating system. The initial release of iOS 7 was well received by Apple consumers at first, and as of now, over 84 percent have upgraded to the seventh major edition of the acclaimed operating system. However, since then, there have been ample complaints regarding iOS 7, and for a variety of reasons. Whether it was because 7 was not released for the first generation iPad, or that it refuses to work well with the iPhone 4, or maybe because of the errors encountered between devices that were not upgraded to iOS 7 and ones that were upgraded. For example, along with the release of iOS 7, there was also the release of Apple’s signature apps (i.e. Pages, Numbers, iMovie, etc.) that accompanied them.
This release featured some major improvements, and only further demonstrated the direction Apple is headed in. They want to perfect their products, and make everything accessible and easy to use. The problem is, iOS 6 was damn near perfect in our humble opinion, so the drastic changes from User Interface design to the mechanics of the redesigned apps and features, and more did not set well with long time Apple users. The redesigned icons were perceived to be to childish, whereas the old icons were considered classics and not in need of a redesign. In addition, the changing of multitasking to a full screen feature, the new icons that are used throughout the system, the flat design, and the modification of the Notification Center into something virtually unusable were all features that were unappreciated by many of the longtime Apple fanatics. Some of the newer users, and even some of the old users liked the new design, but many are longing for the old days, when everything was simple. Personally, I would rather get iOS 6 back that receive another edition of iOS thats also on this same path.
The damage was then compounded when Apple stopped signing versions of iOS 6. So even if you despised the software on your phone and were willing to go through the laborious process in downgrading your device, only after the unimaginable amount of time a novice would put into such an operation, would you encounter an error message which would signify the inability to downgrade. It has been hell for the long time Apple users who are not particularly fond of iOS 7, and we have resorted to simply waiting for iOS 8, praying that it’s different enough. Although it is rumored to include new “proprietary” features and what have you, I would much rather get something closer to the old iOS.
7.1 on the other hand, has made iOS 7 at least bearable for the opponents, especially for iPhone 4 users. The iPhone 4, which debuted in 2010, featured an A4 processor, which at the time was top of the line, and only dealing with iOS 4. iOS 7, on the other hand, is far more demanding on the processor, leaving most iPhone 4 users feeling out of luck, as their phones are almost unable to take advantage of the new operating system. Following the outcry of those iPhone 4 users, Apple made iOS 7 much better in terms of fluidity and usage with that processor, allowing consumers on all devices able to not worry about performance or stalling. The improvements on this particular device are definitely significant, and appreciated, as it likely is time for a smartphone upgrade, but rather than forcing the upgrade upon the users, Apple simply altered the software.
All in all, iOS 7.1 was the makeup needed on the ugly face of iOS 7. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which explains for the acceptance amongst certain users, although we are sure that this upgrade will be well appreciated by all users of the newest edition of iOS. Even more so, I think we are all anxious and excited to see what the future holds for us in terms of iOS 8 debuting this summer or fall.