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Forging new frontiers in fanboi fragility, some members of the iDevice community have taken to Apple's discussion forum to complain that iOS 7 makes them want to puke. No, their nausea isn't being caused by mere aesthetic revulsion. Rather, the source is iOS 7's many zoom animations along with the slight parallax effect that …

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  1. Montreux

    A split personality release

    I thought I couldn't be alone. While the zoom animations look nice, I do find them uncomfortable to view. iOS 7 is a split-personality release. It has both simplified the user interface, giving a lot more focus to the content, and also added a lot more bling in terms of animations and physics effects. To my mind the focus on the content is fantastic, but I could live without the animations.

    1. Bob Vistakin
      FAIL

      Re: A split personality release

      Cheap copies of the market leader usually has this effect.

      A quick drive across an airport runway will fix it..

      1. Benchops

        > Cheap copies of the market leader usually has this effect.

        You are at least half wrong. In what way are they cheap?

      2. Roland6 Silver badge

        Re: A split personality release

        >Cheap copies of the market leader usually has this effect.

        A backhanded complement to Microsoft for Windows 8?

        Aside: In my opinion Bob, Android, doesn't have the same stab and twist effect as Windows 8 in this context, namely poor UI's...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: A split personality release

      So that's why I have been feeling sick...

      No Wait...

      I have a Samsung......

      No wonder I've been feeling sick.

      1. EPurpl3

        Re: A split personality release

        ha ha, I agree, you are sick, you should see a doctor, ha ha ha

    3. Franklin

      Re: A split personality release

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought so.

      iOS 7 can't seem to make up its mind. In some ways, they've cleaned up and de-cluttered the user interface. The new alert dialogs are less intrusive than the old ones, the new Safari feels a lot more streamlined and keeps the user interface out of my way, the new lock screen makes entering a passcode a whole lot easier...

      ...and then they added garishly colored icons and a whole lot of animated effects that really don't add to the user interface in any meaningful way I can tell.

      What one hand giveth, the other hand taketh away.

    4. Arctic fox
      Headmaster

      Re: A split personality release

      I am rather surprised that Apple have made such an elementary error given that it is a well known phenomenon that the various forms of ersatz 3D on the market today have precisely that effect on about 15% of viewers.

      1. cc7211

        Re: A split personality release

        Apple won't make those mistakes if Steve Jobs is still kicking but now look who is in charge, Tim Cook !!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: A split personality release

          "Apple won't make those mistakes if Steve Jobs is still kicking "

          Only if it affected Steve. If it didn't then the critics would be scorned as heretics.

          Putting parallax effects on something people use while walking is really not a good idea.

          1. Richard Boyce
            FAIL

            Re: A split personality release

            "Putting parallax effects on something people use while walking is really not a good idea."

            Neither is not looking where you're going. That's probably a bigger threat to your health.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Facepalm

              Re: A split personality release

              "Neither is not looking where you're going. That's probably a bigger threat to your health."

              Well, if you want to police a new law that bans people from reading things while walking, go ahead and good luck.

      2. admiraljkb

        Re: A split personality release

        @Artic Fox: the studies I saw put it at 20% on "3D" which means almost many family households have ONE person that can't deal with 3D on movie night (and studios wondered why it didn't take off). Unfortunately, as luck would have it, I'm one of them, and it gives me a headache... Haven't seen the new iPhone OS v7 up close yet, but I'm scientifically curious now whether that would affect me or not. I'm surprised Apple didn't have at least ONE tester who reported an issue on that, and I'm surprised they didn't have a variable slider for effects ranging from "none" to "bling it on up".

        1. Amorous Cowherder

          Re: A split personality release

          I can't watch 3D TVs, I tried two types and within around 30 seconds my eyes start to hurt, my vision goes slightly blurred and it gets quite uncomfortable.

          Looks like I'll be sticking with Android when my contract comes up for renewel next month!

          1. asdf Silver badge

            Re: A split personality release

            >I can't watch 3D TVs

            No worries mate nobody else wanted to watch them either which is why that technology is a dead man walking.

        2. Gronk

          Re: A split personality release

          My wife can't watch 3D movies and iOS 7 doesn't make her sick.

        3. Arctic fox

          @admiraljkb "...: the studies I saw put it at 20% on "3D".....

          I had a vague feeling that I had seen reports of even higher figures than the 15% I cited. Certainly Madame AF herself cannot cope with "3D" rendering any question of "upgrading" our TV moot to say the least of it! Like you I am surprised that Apple decided to release v7 with this "feature", however, at least one now has an excuse for refusing to even look at this or that mate's latest acquisition!

      3. Andy 66

        Re: A split personality release

        Since the inception of OS X 10.0 I followed with amusement yet seriousness about the eye candy and mixed metaphors that the OS introduced, which detracted from the original coveted Apple Human Interface Guidelines. Over time, those problems were erased to an OS that pretty much adhered to those original Jobs-written AHIGs.

        Yes I updated to ios7, and boy was I wrong. I am like the others - unlock screen and sudden flash of nausia as everything whooshes into place. I've eliminated all the background effects I can but still this nauseating animation happens. It's a big step back in user interface imo.

        Plus why oh why.... On the lock screen, there's an option for emergency calls... Why oh why am I presented with a frikken keypad to amke the call? Who in reality can remember the emgency call number based on where you are in the world? 112 for europe (had to wiki it), 911 in US... Asia? Australasia? The frikken phone knows where I am in the workd, so why not predial it for me?.... If I needed to make an emergency call after an accident in the mountains of Bora Bora and couldn't unlock my phone, am I supposed to know what number to call?

        1. Darryl

          Re: A split personality release

          You mean - 0118 999 881 999 119 725..... 3

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: A split personality release

          > Plus why oh why.... On the lock screen, there's an option for emergency calls... Why oh why am I presented with a frikken keypad to amke the call?

          For the answer, just ask the hundreds of thousands of people each week or so that make accidental emergency pocket calls from just this feature. My kids ask me why they can't disable it, or at least require the user to type in the number which would lessen the chance of it happening.

          The emergency services switch boards around the world are crying out in despair at what is becoming a major issue.

          1. Michael Thibault

            Re: A split personality release

            >accidental emergency pocket calls

            I don't have a phone, but I wonder YTF people who do carry it in their pocket. Shirley on a lanyard around the neck, in a holster at the ribs, or in a clip on a belt makes more sense.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: A split personality release

              > I don't have a phone, but I wonder YTF people who do carry it in their pocket. Shirley on a lanyard around the neck, in a holster at the ribs, or in a clip on a belt makes more sense.

              It still happens. "Pocket call" has just become the generic name for this type of incident.

              I keep my mobile phone in a pocket on my bumbag but it has happened to me a couple of times.

    5. jhsparky

      Re: A split personality release

      Then disable the effect, Seriously, iphone people will whine about anything. Grow up!

    6. Nigel 11

      Re: A split personality release

      Glad to see it's not just me. I'm positively allergic to any UI which makes things wobble, warp, or otherwise animate without VERY good reason. I find even the applications bar on an Imac that warps larger when you poke it with the mouse, makes me feel nauseous. (Not because it's ugly, just because my low-level visual processing doesn't get on with it).

      This is also the main reason I run Adblock-plus and Flashblock: to keep moving things that I don't want to visually process, off my screen. Their content (advertizing of greater or lesser relevance) is secondary.

      And possibly the reason I still haven't bought a smartphone at all.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not enough

    To me it doesn't move enough, well the background anyway. Must be more of the zoom effects and stuff bother some.

  3. lglethal Silver badge
    Joke

    I wonder if Cook will have the balls...

    ... to pull a Jobs and reply to all the people complaining with "you're just looking at wrong!"

  4. poopypants

    Americans, so

    class action lawsuit in 3, 2, 1...

    1. asdf Silver badge

      Re: Americans, so

      Unfortunately due to our massive corporatism class action lawsuits are one of the few ways to hold corporations accountable but yes sadly these days they get abused badly by the worlds worst profession (no not drug dealer, lawyer).

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    oooh, how did I do that?

    http://iosguides.net/turn-off-parallax-3d-backgrounds-ios-7/

    oh yeah, I used Google.

    I'm taking the moral high ground this time and not slating Apple on the basis that they provided a way to turn this "feature" off. Their users on the other hand.....

    1. Squidgell

      Re: oooh, how did I do that?

      >I'm taking the moral high ground this time and not slating Apple on the basis

      >that they provided a way to turn this "feature" off

      Foisting cr*p and providing a way to turn it off qualifies for moral high ground. Morality ain't what it used to be.

      >Their users on the other hand.....

      Nuff said.

      1. Vociferous

        Re: oooh, how did I do that?

        > Foisting cr*p and providing a way to turn it off qualifies for moral high ground

        Hell yes. See: Microsoft and Windows 8.

        1. david 12 Bronze badge

          Re: Hell yes. See: Microsoft and Windows 8

          Our new Win8 laptops didn't just come with Win7 install media. Since we bought business-grade laptops, they came with the Win7 downgrade helpfully pre-installed.

          Downgrade from Win 8 to Win 7 is an option that you have to pay for, by buying the 'pro' version of the software. Retorical Question: Does Apple offer that option?

    2. chams

      Re: oooh, how did I do that?

      That's just parallax. Not zooming, which people are getting sick by. Read the damn article, it even details your 'solution' and says it's not enough.

    3. TRT Silver badge

      Re: oooh, how did I do that?

      I got round it by sticking with iOS 5. I wish I'd stuck with iOS 4 to be honest. I preferred the unlimited wifi location cache as I've got an iPod only and the location services used to work even if off the net. Did they include a switch for that? No. Did they include a switch to let you keep the Google Map? No. Did they include a switch to let you keep the familiar iOS interface? No.

      Sick and tired of having the latest and greatest shoved down my throat when I don't actually want it. If any app developer's latest update can't run on iOS 5, then it's bye bye time. At this rate I'll end up back with the pocket diary and papermate that I used between 1978 and 2009 - that seemed to work fine for me.

      1. tfewster Silver badge
        Thumb Up

        Re: oooh, how did I do that?

        Yep, I never upgraded from IOS5 because I wanted to stick with "native" Google Maps rather than have to download the standalone Google maps app.

        My concern is that IOS doesn't have patches, just upgrades, so if you need a security fix you get a bunch of features updates too.

  6. PJDale
    Big Brother

    I think it there to punish the great unwashed masses.

    OR I could just be being a prick 'cause my iPhone 4 doesn't have it.

    1. JDX Gold badge

      Since when can unwashed masses afford an iPhone? I am clearly in the wrong career.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Plenty of places

        The unwashed masses can certainly afford an iPhone here in Scandinavia, and judging by the number of urchins I see toting them, they exercise that option.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Plenty of places

          Yup, same here in Canada

          Actually seems that the unwashed masses are more likely to have an iPhone than the well off.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Plenty of places

            >Actually seems that the unwashed masses are more likely to have an iPhone than the well off.

            Surprising really, given that TKMaxx doesn't stock iPhones but does stock many other designer labels favoured by the unwashed masses.

  7. DougS Silver badge

    It wouldn't be an iOS update without some new complaint

    I guess you have to expect it when so many people update at once. Android customers don't all get their updates at the same time, so they get dribbled out over months (at least to those lucky enough to be getting updates at all) So a problem affecting 0.1% of people is doesn't get much attention.

    A problem affecting 0.1% of the 200+ million who have updated to iOS 7.0 is nearly a quarter million people, all of whom have been affected in the past 7 days. Those who like it or are just sort of 'meh' about it aren't likely to shout from the rooftops, so all you hear about are all the people who are upset.

    1. Squidgell

      Re: It wouldn't be an iOS update without some new complaint

      >so all you hear about are all the people who are upset.

      All you hear about are a tiny fraction of a much larger number of people who are upset: the tiny fraction who take the time and trouble to report it.

    2. Tom 35 Silver badge

      Re: It wouldn't be an iOS update without some new complaint

      If an Android update did that, you would just install a different launcher.

    3. Piro

      Re: It wouldn't be an iOS update without some new complaint

      Android

      Settings > Developer Options

      Drawing section - Window animation scale off, Transition animation scale off, etc. etc..

      This is on a stock /Verizon/ ROM, even.

      You can do it if you want to.

    4. paulll

      Re: It wouldn't be an iOS update without some new complaint

      "I guess you have to expect it when so many people update at once."

      hehe. Or maybe the dog ate their homework? Their alarm clock didn't go off? Their speedometer mustn't be working (tap tap)?

  8. Ted Treen
    Trollface

    I wonder...

    Is "Rik Myslewski" a nom de plume for one Steven Ballmer - getting himself a new career...

  9. We're all in it together

    Cliche

    "They're holding it wrong"

    1. TheDysk
      Joke

      Re: Cliche

      "They're holding it wrong"

      No. They're looking at it in the wrong way.

  10. Sil

    A must-have upgrade for beer lovers

    Honey I don't feel too well I think I used my iPhone for a little too long.

  11. Goat Jam

    "So annoying that we can't downgrade"

    Somebody call the waambulance for this retard. One has to wonder why these idiots upgrade their phone/OS at the very first chance they get (standing in queues overnight to buy a phone? puleeze) if they are going to go all cry baby when the "upgrade" isn't to their liking,

    I have an iphone 4 (I got it for free). It is still on iOS 5. When 6 came out I (sensibly) waited a while for the dust to settle, saw all the whining regarding loss of google maps and other stuff and decided that it sounded more like a downgrade so stayed put on 5.

    Sometimes people can be so stupid. Oops, did I say "sometimes"? Stupid me.

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