iOS 7 Turns Out to be an Incremental Upgrade but Nothing More


Apple’s iOS 7 can’t help but leave you with mixed doubts. On the one hand, it’s such a great update. The newly brought design changes implemented on this iteration are much welcome. They make even iOS 6 look dull, mainly due to the new, bright range of color palettes. Also, the Control center brings quick toggles and changes to the OS which weren’t present before.

But somehow, you do feel the something-is-missing feeling. The features which are much-admired (Control center to name one) are already present in other competing operating systems for ages now and Apple will have to play catch-up again in iOS 8.

Let’s start with the much touted design changes. The design changes feel nice to the eye, mainly because most of us were just so bored with the previous OS versions. The bright color palettes are pleasing to the eye and should appeal to a large number of people although serious businessmen might feel bitter.

Also the new icons (especially the App Store and iTunes Store icons) look copied from Nokia Belle OS. Not only this, the Control Center is strangely similar to something we’ve found in Android almost as long as we can remember. Also in other places, several design cues seem to be borrowed from Windows Phone and again Android. The new icons may be pleasing to the eye but not each and every one is good-looking. Also some are too complicated, while others are plain dull.

Almost all the features brought to iOS 7 were either missing features, or improvements brought to already existing ones. Just take a look, for example, to the iOS 7 homepage on Apple’s website. Almost none of it is new. Control center, Notification center, Siri, Safari, Camera filters & UI changes, better multitasking, updated photo gallery, iTunes Radio and Air Drop are all but old features. This will be gravely disappointing especially for iPhone fans who have to wait one whole year just to get new features. Also it is disappointing because Android is quickly sprinting away and Windows Phone closing up on iOS.

That said though, iOS 7 was not bad at all. It is a welcome change. Siri finally seems really good to me and so is Safari. Camera UI seems to be getting more user-friendly and the swipes which sort-of try to make up for the lack of a back button in certain areas like Safari are all really welcome changes. And I’ll be an ignorant if I dismissed the Air Drop as just another way of communicating. But are these earth-shattering and new to the core? No.

In short, these aren’t perks but necessities which had plagued more than a few Apple users and were things were changed because they needed to be changed. The iOS 7 update, then, should be fine for hardcore Apple followers but won’t be doing much to lure people from other platforms. Let’s hope things get better with iOS 8.

Check below some screens of the iOS 7:

iOS 7

  • Shahid Saleem

    Wow, what a useless whiny article. Tell me, when the car was invented, did you complain that it was just like a horse carriage without the horse?

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    • Spider

      Agreed, loving another OS is an other thing but one should be aware of the whole keynote in which apple introduced the new iOS 7, before writing the article not just after reading a few blogs and then start bashing.. There are many upgrades which apple didn’t talk about while introducing, but they presented it in video, Im happy and satisfied because iPhone 4 (released June 2010) is still upgradable officially to the current firmware. Major features were already available on jailbroken iPhones which actually stolen by apple :D


  • ishtiaq

    ios 7 in a copy of windows phone 8..

  • Muhammad Farrukh

    You call those changes incremental? You have a lot to learn

  • M.Aswad Mehtab

    Yes for Apple users it is a good update as that UI was very old.. For other OS users it is nothing as all of these things are available for years for example that 3d background image thing is available as an app for android user for a long time… So we will see apple users amused and rest enjoying to see them amused :-D

    • Spider

      The point is why its better than anyother platform that the iPhone 4 which was released in June 2010 is still upgradable to the latest firmware officially, i don’t see any of the rival smart phones still upgradable officially to current firmware which were launched against the iPhone 4 for example Galaxy SII or Lumia 800… Most of the Apple users are satisfied and responding positive because of new change to their old smart phone. Apple stolen those features from Jailbreak Community which were already available to the iPhone users, but not stolen from android. for instance you might want to check these articles ..

  • On paper, iPhone & iOS may get less points as compared to Android Devices. But the feel you get from iPhone cannot be explained from spec-sheets. That “Rubber Band” scroll thing in iPhone still cannot be felt in any other device. It’s like comparing Q-Mobile’s A-10 with Galaxy S3 (Both running on latest Android, Both with pretty much same features).
    Also Jailbroken iPhone is always few steps ahead of stock iOS, this is where you feel liberated.

  • Umar

    Apparently the write knows nothing about mobile operating systems. Tell me did you even installed it and used it on a real device?

    I have been developing enterprise level mobile applications for various platforms including winmo, android, feature phones, blackberry and ios for past 13 years and I can assure you that iOS7 final release would be the most stable operating and feature loaded system in market.

  • Saeed

    I think IPhone has now no way how to fly.

    The coming months for IPhone is not good related sales, revenue etc and last few months iphone reported lost in revenue and in sales compared last fiscal year.

    I don’t like Iphone because Android is the world and everything is coming new and if we compare UI, Android is the best because they have multiple UI and u feel pleasure but in iphone is old.

    • Spider

      Haters always gonna hate :) keep it up and thanks, you people make the iOS and iPhone best :D

  • Ammar Malik

    I’m sorry if iOS 7 wont iron your clothes for you Mr. Azeem Ullah.

  • Saad Pervez

    The main changes that were made to the iOS 7 are for developers. I am not a developer and I don’t know the technical details but TechCrunch says that iOS 7 will have support for handheld controllers for gaming. If that is an incremental change, I want to see it in every OS.

  • Saleem Khan

    You seems biased, anti Apple, before even start writing article. Whole world is praising iOS7 but our Pakistani Copy Pasters are just passing judgement regardless even they have never touched iOS 6. Who has given you iOS7 to test and then pass on your judgement? Be fair and appreciate that still iOS is the world’s most stable and reliable Mobile OS. It is not a fragmented and once iOS7 will launch, just in few hours millions n millions of devices will get update…Appreciate it dear, appreciate it.

    iOS UI is the most clean and easy to operate UI. No one gets lost in phone when operating iPhone or iPAD. And its the best combination if you are using Mac OS too. I believe Joney Ive has done a good job of bringing Handware and Software feel closer to each others. Soon you will find more upgrades.

    Be fair and don’t write articles for the sake of making extra money. Be honest with your judgement…think millions time before passing it.

  • Jawad

    Looks like the article has been crafted by an Android lover rather a mobile analyst who could actually comment something good on the OS. The new iteration certainly has been conceived from the existing OSs but Apple does it its own tremendous way. And it is just the beginning!

  • Saad Mubarak

    Rubbish article. Seems like crafted by a teenage. Ignores the technology aspect and focus is on author’s “feelings”!

  • dotRiz

    iOS7 doesn’t look iOS any more. Android / Windows phone inspirations visible now.