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10 iOS 7 Features That You’ll Hate

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iOS 7 is right around the corner, and it’s set for a public launch later this week. If you’ve been keeping up with the latest news on the mobile OS, then you probably know a lot about the new feature without actually playing around with it. Because of that, you’re most likely really excited to get the update notification on your iPhone come Wednesday.

However, we’ve had the chance to play around with the Gold Master version of iOS 7 for the past few days (a.k.a. the final release version), and we’ve adventured into the deep and dark crevices of iOS 7 that Apple didn’t really show you in order to find out what we liked and what we didn’t like about the new OS. We’ve already talked plenty about what we like, but we thought it’d be fun to name off the features that we don’t like about iOS 7. Here are 10 of them.

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Parallax Effect

The Parallax Effect in iOS 7 gives the home screen a neat 3D look, so when you move your phone around, it looks like you’re looking “around” the app icons onto the wallpaper. I liked it at first, but I’ve since gotten over the wow factor and just find it annoying. Plus, it’s even more annoying knowing that it’s probably hogging up processing resources, thus decreasing battery life. However, you can turn it off by going into Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion.

Non-Customizable Control Center

The new Control Center is awesome, and it essentially replaces one of the best jailbreak tweaks that I’ve relied on for a long time, SBSettings. However, it still lacks the ability to customize what shows up in Control Center. It’s not too big of a deal, but the fact that a 3G/4G toggle is missing makes me wish that you could swap out toggles and make it feel more like “your own,” especially since I never use Bluetooth, so that toggle is meaningless to me.

weatherVague Weather Info in Notification Center

I really liked the weather information section in the Notification Center on iOS 6 and below. It gave you the current temperature in the city you’re in, the high and the low, and a neat graphic that you could just simply glance at to get a quick idea of the conditions outside. However, in iOS 7, the weather is much more vague. For example, there’s no graphic and sometimes it doesn’t even tell you the current temperature.

Home Button Still Doesn’t Really Take You Home

One thing I hate about iOS in general is that the Home button actually doesn’t take you to the home screen sometimes. Specifically, if you’re opening an app from a folder and then want to go to the home screen, you should be able to press the Home button and go straight back to the home screen, but it really just takes you back to that folder you were in. You have to press the Home button once again to actually go back to the home screen. What’s up with that?

The White/Yellow Theme in the Notes App

notesAs you may be well aware of, iOS 7 received a huge makeover; it’s a lot more colorful and the user interface is more flat this time around, throwing out the bubble look that the mobile OS has had since day one. While it was a bit weird to get used to, I really like the new look, except for the Notes app, which uses an awful combination of white and yellow — two colors that should never be combined if you only have to select two colors. I’m no designer with expertise on color palettes, but I’ve never see anything in a white/yellow combo that looked good.

Spotlight Search is Hidden

Spotlight search is easy to get to in earlier versions of iOS; all you have to do is swipe the home screen to the right and then Spotlight Search pops up. However, Apple changed it in iOS 7 and they aren’t making it easy to find right away. It took me a few minutes before I figured out that you have to swipe down in the middle of the home screen to get Spotlight Search to show up — a gesture that Apple has never implemented before in iOS. Of course, if you watched Apple’s presentation, Cook and company showed you how to do it, but for everyday folks updating to iOS 7, good luck figuring it out.

“Tap to Post” Social Widget in Notification Center is Gone

I didn’t use it all the time, but it was helpful when I did. Apple removed the convenient “Tap to Post” widget for Twitter and Facebook in the Notification Center. To update your status, all you had to do was open up Notification Center, tap on the text box for Twitter or Facebook, type a status, and hit send; no need to open up the apps themselves. However, Apple removed them in iOS 7.

shift-ios7Confusing Shift Key Highlight

In earlier versions of iOS, you could clearly tell whether or not the shift key was activated on the keyboard, as it lit up in bright blue. However, the iOS 7 keyboard is different, and it’s actually hard to tell if the shift key is activated. It simply just goes from an outlined gray arrow to a filled in gray arrow when it’s enabled. Frankly, the filled-in version blends in with the rest of the keyboard’s theme, so it’s really easy to think that the filled-in version is the lowercase setting.

Still No Way to Leave a Group iMessage

So you received an iMessage from a friend, but wait…your friend sent it to a bunch of people, so now you’re conversing with a whole circle of friends. It’s not terrible, but once you’ve fulfilled your contribution to the conversation, it would be nice if you could leave but still let others keep talking. However, iMessage still doesn’t let you leave a group iMessage “chatroom,” if you will, and that can lead to a bunch of unnecessary messages that you keep receiving.

Do Not Disturb Still Doesn’t Play Nice with Third-Party Alarm Clock Apps

Do Not Disturb is great if you don’t want to receive any calls or notifications, but still want to keep your cell radio, WiFi or data on. While Do Not Disturb doesn’t interfere with iOS’s default Alarm Clock in the Clock app, it sees other third-party alarm clock apps as a notification of sorts, so it automatically silences them, which means that if you have Do Not Disturb on and have an alarm set for the morning using a third-party app, prepare not to be woken up.

58 Comments

  1. Jesse

    09/15/2013 at 9:36 am

    This seems more or less 10 things you hate about iOS 7, and not necessarily a list of things everyone will hate.

    • Molly

      09/18/2013 at 8:35 pm

      Ha! That’s exactly what I was thinking while reading the list! A lot of it is trivial stuff that, frankly, I didn’t realize the old system even did.

    • G

      09/29/2013 at 7:04 pm

      The system is hideous to look at. Things that worked fine have been changed for absolutely no useful purpose.

      • Jesse Virgil

        09/30/2013 at 6:57 am

        Again, that’s your opinion. I very much like iOS 7, which again, is an opinion.

  2. Vag

    09/15/2013 at 10:21 am

    Exactly these are all stupid

  3. MJ

    09/15/2013 at 10:23 am

    What a pointless article. If you hate it that much, dont use it.

  4. Alex

    09/15/2013 at 10:33 am

    3 of these were “things in iOS 7 that were in iOS 6 as well.” If you’re gonna make an article about hating ios7, make sure you at least have enough stuff to hate instead of using things that weren’t specific to this iOS.

    • Luke

      09/15/2013 at 10:55 am

      Read the article you tool
      None of those problems were in ios 6

      The whole article was about things they changed from ios 6 that didnt need to be changed

      What i got from it is that 6 works and they are removing good features that were in ios 6

      • Michael

        09/15/2013 at 1:15 pm

        Actually he is right. Maybe you didn’t read the article. The three that had the word “still” in them (the last two, and the one about the “home button”).

      • Joel

        09/15/2013 at 7:00 pm

        Home button complaint is unfounded. The problem exists in iOS6, it always takes you back to the folder you were in.

  5. Derek Foster

    09/15/2013 at 10:50 am

    Someone, somewhere will always find negatives. Do the Ios 7 positives out shine the negatives? ‘course they do. Nuff said.

    • Luke

      09/15/2013 at 10:57 am

      You didn’t notice they linked to
      An article that was 10 things they loved about it

    • Anon

      09/18/2013 at 2:14 am

      Oath

    • Derek Foster

      09/28/2013 at 5:05 am

      Agreed. As for caps key, as someone has mentioned, uppercase in a black-filled key is so obvious. Use it once or twice and it is second nature when typing.
      Love it. Camera is great too.

  6. Samson

    09/15/2013 at 10:51 am

    Shut the hell up you annoying piece of shit.

    • Derek Foster

      09/15/2013 at 10:59 am

      What planet is Samson on? Must be one where the second language is profanity. Do not expext Queens English but lots of Americans speak something approaching it.

      • Jason

        09/15/2013 at 2:21 pm

        You ended a sentence with a preposition and spelled expect incorrectly. Asshole.

  7. mrrbatty

    09/15/2013 at 10:58 am

    Most of these reasons are pretty dumb. My favourite is the ‘non custom control centre’, that’s like saying you hate life because you can’t turn into the Incredible Hulk.

  8. Ryan

    09/15/2013 at 11:00 am

    Wow people get defensive about some light criticism. And the bigger issue with the iOS keyboard is not just the shift key, but the fact that the keys don’t also shift case. Drives me crazy.

    • Chuck

      09/15/2013 at 3:03 pm

      I’m genuinely surprised nobody’s fixed this in the latest version of iOS. Even in the early days of Android, faux iPhone keyboards were tripping over themselves with apologies about how unintuitive the letters’ casing was.

  9. Albert

    09/15/2013 at 11:12 am

    I don’t like the new design of the iOS 7. It looks really…..Boring!(well except for the 3d homescreen) And the new looks of the icons, and some other things. Well, that’s just me though.

    • Albert

      09/15/2013 at 11:16 am

      Gaah! My head hurts looking at the new designs of the icons on the apple website!

      • Albert

        09/15/2013 at 11:18 am

        And they call that harmonious? Please, it’s unpleasant to the eyes. Hope they fix this.

  10. Maddi

    09/15/2013 at 11:22 am

    Honestly, once you figure out that spotlight is found pulled down from ANY home screen instead of having to pull right from the first home screen, I think it’s much easier. And Spotlight wasn’t that easy to figure out for newbies anyway, so overall it’s an improvement.

    • Judo Knight

      09/15/2013 at 12:01 pm

      I agree.

  11. Judo Knight

    09/15/2013 at 12:00 pm

    If you hate iOS 7 than just do not use it instead of complaining to the world about it. Don’t be haters apple just came out with the best OS in the world and you are trying to ruin business for apple writing what ever bothers YOU from iOS 7. In my opinion people should keep their thoughts to yourself instead of manipulating peoples thoughts and opinions. Let people make up their own minds about wether they like it or not. Whoever is reading this I advise you to go check out iOS 7 at any apple retail store in your area and decide wether you like it or not.

    • apv

      09/15/2013 at 12:27 pm

      Going by that, product reviews wouldn’t exist, no one would criticize any product and the world would be a better place where people like everything!

  12. Paulo Lin

    09/15/2013 at 12:50 pm

    It’s time to switch to the better smartphone, the galaxy s4, the iphone is just old news for older technologically challenged user. The iphone 5c is basically the older iphone 5. Apple is sitting around on their greedy cash and basically has done nothing to this already 1 year old phone but add a plastic case. The 5s has minimal features except a feature apple copied from the Android Motorola Attrix 4g of 2011, a fingerprint scanner, wow, another big innovation! Why not give people what they really want, expandable memory, god forbid apple would forfeit their $200 extra pure profit of a 64gb phone for a flexible micro SD 64gb for $40 max, total of 80gb on the galaxy s4 for only $40 more. How about a bigger screen? Btw their burst feature on the camera has been around on the galaxy s3 now for years and most of ios7 features come from Android. I’ve realized a few years ago and others are realizing it now, apple’s greed is just too much now. It’s the last time they’ll see a dime out of my pocket.

    • pablo

      09/15/2013 at 1:17 pm

      Dude, you fail to see that anything new that Apple puts in their phones is always the best thing since sliced bread. Just kidding… I agree with you 100%. I have the 4S and like it well enough, but I’ll either keep it or get a Droid Mini. Will not be buying the 5S, and especially not the ugly 5C at all. Like you said, the fingerprint scanner is definitely the height of innovation (sarcasm inserted).

  13. Allan

    09/15/2013 at 12:54 pm

    You couldn’t have positive reviews either! “He didn’t mention this feature, so it must really stink”. Bad points are just as important to read as good points, it helps everyone see both sides. Believe it or not, all OSs, devices, political parties, and people have both a good side and a bad side. I would rather find out about them sooner than later.

  14. Evan

    09/15/2013 at 1:20 pm

    Yellow and white not going together? Blasphemy.

  15. pablo

    09/15/2013 at 1:22 pm

    This article is obviously personal opinion. There are those that will like these changes, and others (like the author) that won’t. Personally, I just read it to see what else has changed. If I don’t like the parallax, I’ll simply turn it off. Although I have to say I’m keeping my 4S. Definitely not buying the 5S, and most definitely not the ugly 5C. Yes, personal opinion.

  16. Evan

    09/15/2013 at 1:31 pm

    I did agree on some things from this article. Such as the tap to tweet feature removed, I still do not understand why Apple would remove such a convenient feature. I do believe however this article should have been titled “10 iOS 7 Features Some of You May Not Like”

  17. Nurdface Gamerhandz (@gamerhandz)

    09/15/2013 at 4:26 pm

    iOS 7 notifies you about spotlight. Has since beta 5

  18. oobgular

    09/15/2013 at 7:06 pm

    This is pretty much stupid. Lets list the stupidity.

    Parralax: You said yourself you can turn it off, so if you don’t like it, do so. I don’t use Assistive Touch. I keep it off. Some people use it. They turn it on. Options, you know?

    ControlCenter: I hear you there. They should make it more customizable. But hey, a jailbreak tweak will be out shortly, I’m sure.

    Weather: I see you’re complaint, but it doesn’t really bother me much. Maybe they’ll change it later.

    Home button: That’s not what you hate about iOS 7, it’s what you hate about iOS in general. It has never done that, so I don’t see why you are still screaming.

    Notes app: It’s all opinion. I haven’t used it, so I can’t really say, but you’re projecting your ideas on others again. Things YOU hate, not US.

    Spotlight: Stupid people won’t find it, you mean. Even someone who can’t figure it out will look it up eventually, or just figure it out.

    TapTo widgets: People actually used those?

    Shift key: Actually, in the past, the shift key is an outline. When activate, it fills. Caps lock is blue. I guess I can see your confusion, but that’s the sort of thing you get used to.

    iMessage: Easy. You type in the person you want to respond to in the to: bar, and send a message.

    Do Not Disturb: Apple can’t do anything about that. They can’t control third party applications unless the company gives them access.

    • Uthacalthing

      09/15/2013 at 8:16 pm

      @oobgular – I agree with most of your points, but you are incorrect regarding Do Not Disturb, it’s actually the other way around – Apple aren’t allowing third-party app notifications to override Do Not Disturb. This means that your favourite non-Apple alarm-clock app cannot sound an audible alarm if Do Not Disturb is on. Even if the developer is aware of this and wants to change the app’s behaviour to make it work, it’s not possible within the limitations of the iOS 7 (and 6.x) SDK.

      • fra

        09/18/2013 at 9:15 am

        I use Sleep Cycle app and it does work as an alarm in DND mode.

  19. Joe Larsen

    09/15/2013 at 7:30 pm

    Apple made the smart move with iOS 7, now the smart move is actually not a good one but it was needed. The icons are more modern and same with the interface, along with this is the iPhone 5c a plastic phone! This is all just to get android/windows users to switch over. I would highly doubt jobs would have let this pass but he is no longer here to help us.

    Apple is smart enough without him and most likely know exactly what they are doing. Switching other users into iOS and then slowly turning apple back to how it was.

    • Albert

      09/16/2013 at 3:20 am

      Wow…..saying it that way actually made me feel better, though I’ll still sit back and wait for the next update.

  20. Soleyisreal

    09/15/2013 at 9:50 pm

    I always thought iOS was very professional looking os I think I will enjoy the new Experiance with exception of the toonish bright icons wich I think have to be that way for them to stand out when using parrelax also worried about the thin font hope there is a way to make bold so I can read without making font to large

  21. Andrew Sena

    09/15/2013 at 9:56 pm

    All these reasons given are things YOU hate, not everyone. Get your facts right before writing an article. You wanna hate iOS 7, go hate it yourself. Don’t write a HATE article here and make a fool out of yourself. Pathetic.

  22. Erik

    09/15/2013 at 10:04 pm

    One thing I’m thinking… Is that 7 things you’ll hate about ios7 actually works and sounds better.

  23. Derrick

    09/16/2013 at 4:07 pm

    Apple dick riders, pffff.

  24. Should Have Been The Writer

    09/16/2013 at 5:07 pm

    This guy who wrote this clearly was shown by someone and hasn’t used it at all. The weather isn’t vague at all, swiping up to search the the iPhone is actually a lot better than just going all the way to the left, the home button brings you home (don’t know what he smoked) and finally, you can leave a group message. It’s called deleting it… So honestly don’t even listen to this guy. Clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about. And the one part I thought was funny was how he was saying the 3D effect, goes through all the effort of complaint and then goes yeah you can turn it off. Look up a simple YouTube iOS 7 instructional video and it’ll explain everything you’ll “hate”

  25. JohnnyW

    09/16/2013 at 6:18 pm

    Spot on article! I predict you will be proven completely right in two days! (Although you did forget the hideous icons.)

  26. Foudil

    09/17/2013 at 1:10 am

    If you want something to get better you need to citicise it. Thanks for the post

  27. Alan

    09/17/2013 at 4:45 am

    Earth to nerds – get a life – this really isn’t that important.

  28. Pete

    09/17/2013 at 7:36 am

    I cant imagine anyone here thats supporting IOS7 has actually installed it. Apple was known for its simplicity and ease of use, this is all gone with IOS7. The note pad as mentioned in this Article is indeed horrific to view, and the old pad was much better. The text messages are the same way, which werent mentioned. Battery life has dropped by 10% over nothing spectacular, just a waste.

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  30. fra

    09/18/2013 at 9:12 am

    I use the Sleep Cycle app as my alarm and it works fine with DND mode. I hope it’s no different with iOS7. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow morning!

  31. mel

    09/19/2013 at 1:33 am

    people are getting so unnecessarily heated over an opinion article regarding a damn software update. i sure as hell hope you all can stomach political articles. if people can talk about how much they like a product, they can talk about how much they dislike it too. obviously this is a personal opinion article but some people need that explicity stated or else their panties will be in a twist, as if it were hard enough to figure that out. if i say i hate cheese. i’m not personally attacking those who like cheese. once again, it’s a software update for cellular devices. if you can’t bear that someone somewhere on the Internet has a different opinion on it than you it’s your own fault. disagree with the article all you want but don’t say they should keep their opinion to themselves, lord

  32. KDJ

    09/19/2013 at 4:54 am

    7 iOS Cool Feature that you’ll LOVE.
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  33. Tom Ostresh

    09/19/2013 at 11:55 am

    I can appreciate Apple wanting to give us something new thinking everything will be just fine, but it makes you wonder how many people actually used this stuff before releasing it. I know everyone has a personal opinion but some features just rant the best. I have an ipad 2 and the note pad which I used daily sucks. The white background is actually light grey and the text is a little fuzzy. I don’t miss the yellow background nor the lines which helped you follow your text, but this new change doesn’t work. I like some of the other suggestions that were mentioned like customizable control bar and others, but is Apple really listening. May Steve RIP, but will apple ever be the same?

  34. Georgio

    09/20/2013 at 2:15 am

    Well, there is something wonderful and does miracles and it is called manual. It also goes by the name “user guide”. Try it on anything and it will change your life until the next update.

  35. Shazak

    09/26/2013 at 7:49 am

    I like how all the iPhone fanboys/girls got militant towards this, very accurate article. If you don’t find these as problems, it only means you will not have a future in software development or UI development. Developing Software/UI has to be about user simplicity and functionality. If a user can HONESTLY try to look at the good side of something and CANNOT find one, then it was a fail on the developer’s behalf. This IOS7 is missing crucial features, they do not allow user customization, they chose weird options with their UI and color schemes, and why would the HOME button not take you HOME? What sense does that make? I used to be an apple fanboy too, until I saw the light. Android allows user customization, so ANYTHING can be changed inside the phone! I have IOS7 on my phone also, still tacky looking. Although Android has it’s flaws, it’s still 200 steps ahead of Apple. Why is it called an I-phone if they get to tell you how to use it? (…it might as well be called the NotMyPhone)

  36. Christopher J Wajnikonis, Houston TX

    09/28/2013 at 4:47 am

    I hate IOS 7 too. I want IOS 6 back!

    1. Why it is 50 times slower to update? I mean all updates in searching the web, inside apps, typing, loading videos.
    2. What happened to the search bar? The new single one + the auto features are dysfunctional. On new Windows one can at least disable them, albeit with some pains. Why Apple copies Microsoft and makes it even worse?
    3. My iPad 3 videos shake so badly that one cannot watch them. It is a high frequency flicker type shaking.
    4. Color combinations on the new icons are kitschy type nasty.
    5. What happened to the slide shows. I loved them, I cannot find them now.
    6. The new slider used after powering on is dysfunctional and like everything else too slow.
    7. I cannot think about a single new feature I do not mind, as useful for me.
    8. I am disappointed with the lack of iPhone types offered. I need a very strong GPS antenna, very fast, preferably a phablet. (I am a pilot) I do not want a finger print reader. Where are choices for specific needs?
    9. The new capital letters ‘echo’ on the keyboard is dysfunctional.

  37. Nun

    11/04/2013 at 5:14 am

    Another reason: You cannot send a text message to an email address using SMS/MMS. It always goes through data. If you have no data, it will not work with WiFi.

    If you have at&t people cannot text you at an @mms.att.net email address. Only @txt.att.net works.

  38. Fruitshake

    01/06/2014 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for the spotlight note. I really didn’t know where it was. I don’t like the ios7 much. Kept the 6 on my ipad for now…. Just came back from using a samsung for 1 year. It has to be said that samsung has some smart things that apple doesn’t offer on the iphone.

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