My Thoughts on iOS 7

iOS-7

First things first: I haven’t used iOS 7, and it won’t be available to the public until the Fall. But I did watch Apple unveil it on Monday at WWDC and have listened to, watched, and read a ton about it the past few days. Here are some of my thoughts on what Tim Cook called “the biggest change to iOS since the iPhone,” which was the start of iOS.

Let’s back up a little. As my wife asked the other night, you might be wondering, “what is iOS?” OS stands for operating system, for example, Windows XP. It is the base software that runs on your “computer,” in this case your iPhone, iPad or Touch device. Each year Apple has released a new version, this being the 7th version. One problem that Apple runs into is the fact that as they advance iOS, some older devices aren’t capable of running the new features. Cult of Mac posted this handy iOS 7 Compatibility Chart to help show where you stand. Of course, this doesn’t account for the new iPhone that will come out about the time iOS7 is available.

I heard a great quote today from Apple:

“it’s a bit like getting a new phone that you already know how to use.”

The media has been adamant that it was time Apple needed to make some changes to iOS; that it was falling behind. That they did. Apple actually fired the guy that has been responsible for iOS to this point and turned it over to the guy, Jony Ive, that has been responsible for designing all their beautiful devices.

OK, enough blabbering…on to some of the new stuff that I am excited about:

    • The Whole Look – It has a much flatter design. It looks more modern and has gotten rid of Skeumorphism, basically making everything look like real life. Example: the calendar app no longer looks like a desk calendar.

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      Control Center
    • Control Center – Now when you swipe up on your phone you can control all those things that you need to control. This was one of the main reasons I jailbroke my phone.Turning on/off Airplane Mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, Orientation Lock, and adjusting brightness without having to navigate through Settings makes life so much easier. There are also music controls and some quick links to useful things like the flashlight, clock, calculator and camera. Sorry to the 10,000 flashlight apps in the app store…
    • Scrolling Folders – You can now add tons of apps to one folder. No more need to have 3 games folders, which was another big reason that I jailbroke.
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Multitasking
    • Multitasking – When you double click the home button you no longer just get the icon of apps you have used. Instead you will get a screenshot of what you were doing in the app. They have also built a lot into the backend to make things work much better.
    • Photos – I currently have 2,729 photos on my iPhone. Apple is going to help me look through those faster. You can look at your photos with super tiny icons by year or location. Trust me, it looks great. And yes, I need to delete some pictures off of my iPhone.
    • iTunes Radio – Basically, Pandora, Apple style. I think it will be a great feature.
    • AirDrop – This is like the thing where you have to bump your phones in the Samsung commercials, but you don’t have to bump. It will be very nice for sharing files between Apple devices.
  • Weather, Messages, Siri, Notification Center, Mail, Safari – All lots of improvements, different look, etc.

That is a quick rundown of a few things, but for further reading:

I am really excited about iOS 7. There are a lot of tech writers that are complaining about the new look, but they are the same ones that complained about the old one. Apple makes the best products, so they have become the ‘in’ thing to complain about. But everyone will update and get the new iPhone and decide again that Apple is the best.

My thoughts on the iPhone 5. A few weeks in.

I have had my iPhone 5 for a few weeks and thought I would share my thoughts with you. Over the last two weeks I have read and listened to probably close to 50 reviews, and I agree with most of what I have seen and heard (I linked to a few at the bottom). I did upgrade from a 4S so it wasn’t as dramatic an upgrade as some, but I figured I would give you a review based on what I have had to get used to with the iPhone 5. I will try to keep it to just to the phone and talk about iOS6 later.

Size of Phone
The 5 does have a taller screen, but the overall height change isn’t too dramatic. The thing I really noticed is the thinness and lightness of the phone. Like many others have noticed, it almost feels fake. To think of all the amazingness packed into this package blows my mind.

Look of Phone
The design is similar to the previous models, but that is almost a disservice to this new phone. This thing is beautiful. The back has a new look, the sides have a new look, the colors are better, and the screen looks amazing.

Speed of Phone
Now I didn’t think I would notice much of a difference coming from an 4S, but this thing is fast. I read that the new processor is up to 3 times faster than a 4S and it shows. Everything is just faster, smoother, better.

Speed of Data
The iPhone 5 has LTE capability built in. LTE is the latest and greatest cell phone data technology supported by the major carriers. Let me tell you it is fast, it is actually faster than most people’s home wi-fi. It is still pretty limited on coverage but luckily AT&T turned it on in Portland the night before I got my phone.

The New Dock Connector
This one has been an adjustment for me. After 11 years of iPods, iPhones, and an iPad, I had gotten quite used to the 30 pin connector. But I also realized it was time for change. The new connector is tiny, which helps when making a thinner phone. My favorite thing about it is the fact that it can be plugged in either direction, pure magic. I always managed to take at least two tries to get the old one plugged in before bed. I am also getting used to not be able to use the dozen cables I have around the house. I currently have one and carry it with me at all times to make sure I don’t end up with a dead phone.

New Earpods
These things are great. I think they are a huge improvement. You should grab these even if you don’t have a 5.

Headphone Jack on the Bottom
I use headphones with my phone a lot. I listen to podcasts all day at work and most of the time in my car. The headphone jack is now on the bottom of the phone which has been a change. I keep my phone in my shirt pocket and I now have to put it in upside down instead of right side up, not a huge deal but took some getting used to.

Battery Life
It’s better than the 4S, which is great because LTE is supposed to really drain these things.

No Jailbreak…yet
As I have talked about before, I like some of the tweaks available with a jailbreaking your phone. I wasn’t going to let it stop me from getting the new phone, but I am hoping it doesn’t take too long. One nice thing is with the taller screen you can fit another row of apps on each screen and in any folder, which helps with my app hoarding problem.

 

I think that is about it for now. I love this phone. If you want a more analytical approach, the Mac Observer posted their review iPhone 5 In Depth: A little Bit Longer & a Lot Stronger, they use numbers and charts and stuff. Here is another one with the heading The iPhone 5 is a miracle, a good read. Don’t want to take some tech bloggers word for it? Here is an article from a little site called Consumer Reports.

What are your thoughts?

 

How many iOS apps is too many?

I have an app hoarding problem, there I said it. I download a lot of apps, I mean a lot. I have slowed down recently after a self intervention, but as you can see in the image, I currently have 447 apps on my phone. We will ignore my 2,420 photos at this point (I did slim it down to 2187 before writing this post).

How many apps do you have on your phone? You can take a look by going to settings-general-about.

So why do I have so many apps? Well I like my iPhone and like to see what can be done with it. I often peruse the free apps section in the App Store, and download a lot of stuff from AppsGoneFree. I will admit, I probably haven’t opened all of them either.

What kind of apps do I have? Well, my rough guess that would be that about half are games, which I couldn’t tell you how many hours days months I have spent playing. I have probably 60 photo apps, even though 99% of the time I just use the built in app. I also have video apps, productivity apps, Taylor Swift apps, moustache apps, you name it, it’s probably there.

How do I keep track of all of these? Well, having my phone jailbroken allows me to have folders with as many apps as I want so I keep it pretty organized. I have folders for all major functions and throw everything in there that is related. In iOS you can only have 11 pages of apps, but with folders you can fit a lot in, but I think 11 pages is pretty tough to navigate through.

But with a new iPhone coming on Friday, I am tempted to just start fresh and only install apps that I actually use. According to iTunes, I have had 773 apps over the last 5 years so it is not like I don’t delete anything off my phone and I could probably do a little cleaning in iTunes too.

One reason I want to trim down is the fact that when I get my iPhone on Friday I want to use it as soon as possible, not waiting for 447 apps to install.

I will keep you updated on my progress, but for now I am going to at least start cleaning up my iPhone and getting rid of apps I don’t even remember downloading.

Note: If you want to delete some apps, even ones you have paid for, you can always re-download them via App Store-Updates Tab-Purchased-Not on this phone.

 

Disclaimer: This was originally posted on layPhone.com and was migrated to this site when Nate and David started Notnerd.com.

Why layPhone?

I am what most people would call an Apple nerd, or fanboy. Since 1999 I have sworn allegiance to all things Steve Jobs (the CEO of Apple). One nice summer day in July of 2007 I visited my local AT&T Store and my life changed forever. Yep, I picked up the first version of the iPhone the day it came out for $600 (the cheapest option at the time).

Any ways enough about me, so why did I start this site? I have realized two things about life recently:

  • Never assume that some one else knows what you know.
  • It is not what you know in this world, it is how quickly you can find what you need to know.

I know that not everyone spends too much of their time reading Apple news sites. While Apple does an amazing job of making things simple there is a lot about the iPhone that people just don’t know. With over 400,000 apps and tons of features it would be a full time job to know how to do things…

So I am going to share what I know, help answer questions and hopefully help you figure out how to make life with your iPhone a little better in layman’s terms.

Note: I know I am using the default template. The site is going to see a lot of updates but I wanted to get it going.

 

Disclaimer: This was originally posted on layPhone.com and was migrated to this site when Nate and Dave started Notnerd.com.