Let me get this out of the way: iOS 7 is great. I love it. But it’s not perfect. There’s a million fantastic improvements, but there’s also a few things that Apple still hasn’t gotten around to improving. I’m not talking about design problems (although there are a couple of those), but rather about some of the little quirks that still drive me crazy.
With that in mind, this is my attempt to keep a small log of the things that really bother me. Consider this is a wish list of tiny things I wish Apple would get around to in iOS 7.1.
The Music App Needs Fixing
I know I’m almost in the minority among tech geeks at this point, but I still use the stock Music app a lot. When I can’t find music on Rdio, I grab it from the iTunes Store and throw it on my iPhone. But the Music app has made a change that really impacts how I listen to my tunes.
I don’t think, “I want to listen to X album.” When I’m choosing music to listen to, my thought process is more like this: “I want to listen to an album by The Beatles, but I don’t know which one. I think the one with their four heads on the cover. And I want to put the album on repeat for a couple hours.” At that point, I open up the Music app and find The Beatles in the Artists tab, and I realize I’m looking to listen to Let It Be. I choose “Two of US,” and hit the Repeat button, but to my dismay, I can’t select to Repeat Album unless I look for the record in the Albums tab. The thing is, I don’t think about it that way. Why Apple doesn’t just include the Repeat Album button everywhere in the app is beyond me.
I know that I can just search for the artist name and choose an album from there, but that’s also a workaround that doesn’t have to be there. I don’t think I’m asking for much.
Notifications That Don’t Disappear
The new Notification Centre is very neat. I dig the Today view and I like having a Missed tab (although I agree with some that it’s proper title should be Recently Missed). But the All Notifications tab needs some work, because it’s still suffering from the same irritations that it had in iOS 6.
Let’s say you get a notification in the All tab. When you view it, it doesn’t always disappear from Notification Centre. That wouldn’t be the end of the world if you could just swipe the notification away like you can on Android, but since Apple insists I tap on the small little X button, it feels like the process takes much more time than it should.
I’d love it if Apple could implement a solution where notifications disappeared after you interact with them for iOS 7.1.
Events in the Photos App
Once again, the new Photos app is tremendous. I love most of the way that my photos are organized. But as somebody who dabbles in the world of professional photography (it’s not my main source of income, but I do offer it as a creative service), I still need some more advanced organizational functionality.
The Events tab in the Photos app, pre-iOS 7, fit those needs perfectly. Now, you have to dig into Albums to find Events. If you’re a compulsive photo organizer like myself, these extra steps are a little annoying. It’d be nice if Apple didn’t remove the Events tab completely from the Photos app, that way there’s easier access for people like me.
That being said, I really like the new way the app is broken down as well. I just wish I could have my cake and eat it too with this.
iPad App Folders Are Ridiculous
Look, folders on the iPhone are awesome. I dig them. I love that you can swipe between them, and frankly, having a couple less on each screen helps reduce clutter.
But displaying only nine apps per folder screen on the iPad display is wasteful and an utter waste of perfectly usable screen space. What’s the point here? Hopefully Apple fixes this with a software update when they announce new iPads later this fall.
The Little Things
There are some little things iOS still needs to do better. For example, I think iOS 7 needs improved router management. I’ve spread multiple routers throughout my house as extenders. None of my devices recognize which one is closest and rarely take advantage of it. When they do, none of them ever slow down and I never have any issues. But I can sit right beside a router in my office with a fantastic signal, and still have my iPhone 5 wasting precious battery life by trying to milk the router two stories down.
I’m sure we can all also agree that some of the animations need to be sped up, hopefully sooner rather than later. It’d be nice if you could swipe to unlock your phone in either direction. These are tiny little details I’m surprised Apple didn’t get right.
What’s On Your List?
We all know iOS 7 isn’t perfect and that there are a few bugs to sort out. And I’ll be the first to say that I think it’s a great update and I would never go bcak to iOS 6. There’s a million tiny new features that I really appreciate about it. But personally, this is my small list of minor pet peeves that I wish were a little better. What did I miss? What small things bug you? Sound off in the comments and let us know.