By now most iOS users have updated their iPads to the newest version of the popular Apple operating system iOS 7. However, if you are one of those people who have decided to wait a while to see what others have to say about it, then this might help you.
There are a lot of new, great features in iOS 7 including the Control Center, multitasking updates, and AirDrop just to name a few. But, which updates are useful for iPad users and just how useful are those updates? Here is one user’s opinion and review of iOS 7 for iPad.
- Dynamic Wallpapers. This update could be considered one of those “little extras” that Apple threw into the mix. It is reminiscent of Android’s Live Wallpaper where the wallpaper actually moves. One difference with the iOS 7 version from Android is that the wallpaper will also move when the device moves.
- Preview Screens. With the previous OS users could swipe up with four fingers to reveal the currently open apps which would display along the bottom of the screen. Now when users use this gesture preview screens appear. This allows users to scroll through previews of each app’s current screen and swipe them away to close them. This update is reminiscent of the Palm Pre’s “card” screens.
- No Search Screen. No longer do users have a wasted screen all the way to the left. When in need of a search users can simply swipe down on their screen with one finger to reveal a search bar at the top. This eliminates the need for an entire screen dedicated to searching which may have been seldom used.
- Notification Center. The pull-down notification center has been updated nicely to show today’s calendar events, all notifications, or missed notifications. This updated view allows users to see more at once.
- iTunes Radio. This new feature is reminiscent of Pandora where different genres can be played and music tastes can be matched. Users can listen to different styles and utilize playlists. The radio plays in the background while other apps are in use. It is a nice entertainment addition.
- Initial Space Needed. To initially download and install iOS 7, approximately 3 GB of space is needed. This can be very difficult, especially for users with a 16 GB model. Removing apps by sending them to the iCloud in order to make the space is upsetting if data is lost in the process. For example, game data is not saved to pick up where players left off. Once the OS is downloaded and installed, the extra space is no longer needed. This actually makes it more aggravating because the data is already lost.
- Limited Folder Views. Not all apps within folders are viewable when a folder is opened. Now users must scroll through to see all apps available. Only nine apps are viewable at one time. Having to scroll in general is a less desirable way to see information.
- Limited Dynamic Wallpapers. While this update is a nice addition, the number and style of dynamic wallpapers available is limited. The style is bubbles and it comes in seven colors. There are likely to be many apps out there already offering paid dynamic wallpapers, so it would have been nice for Apple to really show off this new feature with various style options.
Overall, the user interface of iOS 7 is practical and sleek. The new features are useful enhancements and there is no slowdown in response time. From this user’s perspective, the good outweighs the bad for iOS 7.