It’s almost one day since developers got their hands on iOS 7.
The purpose of a Beta is to allow any software developer to iron out any bugs in the software, and iOS 7 is no exception.
From our collective TiP experience we’ve found a good number of issues in the initial Beta. We’re not here to complain, we totally understand that this is a Beta. Instead, we’re simply looking to gauge from our experience, and hopefully yours too, the sort of updates and patches we should be looking for as Apple rolls out Beta updates over the next few months.
One noticeable issue is Siri. Design wise, there are no issues. However Siri is currently achieving little in the way of productive searches or instructions. The new voices promised by Apple are yet to appear, and I’ve personally found the current voice occasionally encountering glitches. Siri also has a tendency to cut you off mid-sentence, before telling you that it couldn’t find any results on the non-topic that you didn’t manage to search because you weren’t given enough time to finish.
It appears that the Game Center is proving a little touchy about being moved around, although this comes from TiP_Cam, and isn’t a problem I’ve experienced personally. We’ve also noticed some wider issues with SpringBoard, which is prone to crashes.
The parallax effect designed to give your home screen some vibrancy and depth, whilst effective, isn’t as smooth as it could be. It’s got a tendency to jump a little, and just doesn’t feel polished.
The next status bar doesn’t always interact well with apps. On opening, it tends to appear as if transparent over the top of the app, before the black bar at the top of the screen actually appears. Also, the text sometimes tends to double up when exiting certain applications.
I’ve been having difficulty sending iMessages over Wi-Fi since the update, and the messaging app over all is proving to be a little temperamental, often struggling to switch between landscape and portrait views. When scrolling, messages also sometimes overlap.
Obviously, there were going to be app compatibility problems. The most significant one I’ve run into is Dropbox, which simply refuses to work on the iPhone.
I’ve also been getting this fairly glaring issue, whereby the left half of my Home Screen on my dock simply refuses to display my background. This is representative of most of the issues that I’ve been having. Really minor display issues and rendering problems. There’s very little smooth animation, with the iOS simply choosing to jump back and forth between the Home Screen, this is particularly evident when using multitasking.
Specifically on the iPhone 4S, I’ve seen a very noticeable drop in performance. With an older phone that’s to be expected, however I’m hopeful that with the first few updates software/hardware optimization begins to improve.
Notifications appear twice on your phone if you dismiss them from the notification center, which is a real pain, and we’ve also been getting a lot of lag on the camera app in HDR.
With a beta, this is no doubt the tip of the iceberg, which is where you come in. If you’ve spotted any bugs whilst operating iOS 7, or you know about any bugs through word of mouth etc., then we’d love it if you let us know, either in the comments below, or on Twitter.