In what is great news for Apple, its customers are downloading iOS 7 at a record-breaking pace according to a September 19 report in The Washington Post. Chitika, an advertising firm that monitors data through its ad network, estimates that 18 percent of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices downloaded iOS 7 in the first 24 hours after its release on Wednesday. This compares with 14.8 percent of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices that downloaded iOS 6 over the same time frame last year.
This is equally good news for Apple's customers. It means that their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is running the most current software, even though their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch may be two years old or more. This contrasts sharply with the experience of Android customers: most are still running their phone's or tablet's original operating system and are unable to update it because of carrier and vendor conflicts.
Wide adoption of a new operating system like iOS 7 benefits Apple because it reduces fragmentation while also encouraging users to upgrade their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to get the most out of the new operating system. Running a new operating system like iOS 7 benefits customers by introducing them to many of the new or upgraded features that they would not otherwise have access to unless they purchased a new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Some features to check out in iOS 7 include:
--Control Center, which you access by swiping up. Here you can enable Wi-Fi, Do Not Disturb and Bluetooth. You can also gain access to your flashlight, timer, calculator and clock. Note: You might want to prevent the Control Center from appearing at the lock screen for security reasons. (To do this, go to Settings> Access on Lock Screen> toggle off).
--Spotlight, which you now access by swiping down while at a home screen. Spotlight is the Apple search feature that finds apps or other info for you.
--Notifications Center, which you open by swiping down from the very top. Here you can now find the day and date, the day's weather, events that you previously scheduled and much more.
The biggest change from iOS 6 is the new, simple design that some users find jarring, others elegant. What do you think of the new design of iOS 7?