Apple iOS7: Truly An OS For The Sheeple

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you are no doubt very aware that Apple released their latest major OS update recently; iOS7.

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This has been much anticipated and as always, the Apple marketing machine has been pimping this thing out for a while. 

In the hours since its release Twitter went mad with peoples thoughts.  Ignoring the major updating issues and “bricked phones”, social media got swamped with happy iUsers who took no time in sharing their joy at this latest update.

“I’m like a kid in a candy shop with iOS7! The flashlight in the control center is money. #love #apple #fangirl”@munnykhera

“I really like the control center, that’s helpful.”@Captain_Ron

The control center mentioned by these tweets is just one of the new features found on iOS7. 

I have to laugh however.  These “new” features on iOS7 aren’t actually new to Smart Phones at all.  My Samsung Galaxy S3 has had a similar Control Center interface since it came out, for example.

In fact, let’s break down the major changes in iOS7 that people are really liking and do a quick Android comparison.

1) Control Center

Ok the control center is good.  Swipe “up” from the bottom and you now have a screen where you can enable/disable core features etc.  You still need to swipe “down” for your notifications on iOS7.  Android has all this in a single screen.  But no flashlight?  You’re right, that’s not in the Android panel, but hey, you can add that as a widget on ANY screen.

2) Automatic App Updates

This is new to Apple?  Really?  Android have had this as a core feature for a long time. 

3) AirDrop

This is a secure, quick transfer system that allows you to “drop” files from one iOS7 device to another.  What a genius idea, but wait, Samsung Galaxy have had this feature for quite a while.

4) Dynamic Wallpapers

This is another example of Apple behind the times.  Dynamic wallpapers aren’t a new thing at all, so why has it taken Apple so long to get them?

5) Multi-Tasking “App Change” screen

Instead of icons, you now have screenshots of your open apps.  And to close them, just swipe.  A very nice looking interface, but i swear it’s almost a direct copy of the system Samsung have been using for a long time already.

iOS7 may look shiny, and it may sound trendy, but it has very little in way of features that are not already available on other Smartphones.  So why all the hype?  Why are people losing their minds over this OS that is still behind the curve compared to systems like Samsung’s Galaxy devices? 

Lynn La (CNET) reviewed iOS7 and the Control Center as it compares to the Android Quick Settings. She writes:

“Don’t get me wrong, Control Center is a notable addition to the iPhone, and it’s easily iOS 7’s best feature. And unlike some critics, I actually like the new, flat look. But when it comes to letting users have more “control” and more freedom on their handsets, Android remains miles ahead of iOS.”

If nothing else, this all goes to show that Apple iOS7 really is the OS for the Sheeple!

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