During a search for how to jailbreak my iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1.4 I found out that none of the reliable programs had managed to break the OS. So, in a fit of desperation, as Apple sold me a somewhat busted and janky iPhone, I got ahold of the beta for iOS7 and updated my phone with it. It has its flaws and its high points, I’ll be covering them immediately.

Pros:

  • Lower overall battery usage.
  • Dynamic wallpapers.
  • Paginated folders.
  • Improved notification center.
  • Added Control Panel.
  • Larger buttons for passcode entry.
  • Airdrop
  • Inclusion of Flickr and Vimeo for social media outlets.
  • Making the search non-scrollable and accessible from any page.
  • Android-esque application launcher.

Cons:

  • Weird default calendar layout.
  • Seeming inability to play all songs from an artist, versus just one album.
  • Still no ability to mass-text contact group (as of beta 2).
  • Still no ability to remove or hide default applications.

Many of you may have noticed that I did not mention the graphic redesign as either a pro or con. That is because, it’s a matter of personal choice. Admittedly, it will be a bit of a shock to the system on first launch, but you will eventually deal with it just like everyone did for the old layout. I am not a huge fan of the new look, but I think they could have done a lot worse and it is cleaner and works just as well as the old one.

Now, seeing as this is still in the beta stage and isn’t actually slated to be released as a full release until later this fall, things may change. Some things I pointed out my be removed, some may be added, and some may remain untouched. In any case, I like where they’re taking the new iOS. Every software has its ups and downs, that’s just how the industry is, it’s a simple fact of the software lifecycle. Besides, you can’t please all the people all the time.

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