Can iOS 7 make you carsick? It seems so for a sliver of the population that is sensitive to certain animation techniques, according a Sept 28 report in Fox News. These users complain of sore eyes, headaches, dizziness and even nausea.
Apple released iOS 7 to praise from users and reviewers for its new, simple interface, stunning digital effects and loads of great features for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. But the new digital effects (both zoom and parallax) are causing serious problems for those iOS 7 users who are susceptible to car sickness.
You can read some of their complaints in this Apple support forum. Unless a user knows that he or she is prone to motion sickness, it is impossible to know if the user is susceptible to the animation effects of iOS 7, until the the person upgrades to it. But once an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is upgraded to iOS 7, it cannot return to its previous operation system. Fortunately however, there is a partial solution.
While both iOS and Android have used similar animation techniques in the past, their use is more pronounced and frequent in iOS 7. The quick zoom effect, for example, is used every time a folder or app is opened. While a user can't do much about quick zoom in iOS 7, there is good news.
According to Dr. George Kikano, chief of family medicine at Ohio's UH Case Medical Center, it's not quick zoom but rather the parallax effect that is creating the car sickness-like symptoms. The parallax effect is used in iOS 7 to create the illusion of movement and depth (like an effect in an IMAX theater), without resorting to artificial borders and shadows.
And so here is the good news: the parallax effect can be reduced in iOS 7 by tapping Settings>General>Accessibility>Reduce Motion. Swipe the slider to the right (it lights up green) to enable it. You're done! This action reduces not only the motion effect in iOS 7 but also the parallax effects used for alerts and icons.