Apple iOS 7: a new iPhone for everyone

Sep

18

2013

Introduction: leap of faith

The moment in Cupertino probably with fear and trembling was seen meeting is finally here. After months of test versions for developers, and developers through secretly for many others, brings his new Apple operating system iOS 7 to the general public.

It is undeniable that it is a big and bold step for Apple. The interface of a phone is for many people as the design of their living room. How beautiful a new room is, it is not familiar and new bank may perhaps be better on paper, you’re used to plop on that old, you’ve spent. Many evenings down It is the iPhone is not just a gadget for tech enthusiasts, but it has become everyone’s friend. For many people it is also the first smartphone and they came from an old school Nokia cell phone, which, like the iPhone for years had the same interface. They are sometimes people with little interest in technology and little motivation to delve into new interfaces, features and functions. He should just do what he bought, and that’s that.Battery life a lot less

One of the most important data for a smartphone is the battery life. People no longer expect long they can without a charger to take a week vacation without having to find an outlet on a day step is quite nice.

Let’s start with the observation that the battery life varies per copy. This applies to any phone, but with iPhones, the effect is even greater. It is unclear to which it is, but it is something to be reckoned with. We do not use our numbers with precision to be able to determine how long you will last on one battery charge, phone but to give an indication and to compare with previous phones and competition.

We measure the battery life on the basis of four tests: browsing, watching video, call and leave the phone in standby. It is wifi on, and telephony and standby is also 3G enabled. A further explanation of our testing method and what we mean by heavy, medium and light use, can be found in the background story of our battery tests .

For these results, we turned the battery tests under iOS 7. However, because the difference is significant, we have put back the iPhone to iOS 6.1, then the same device directly after the battery tests repeated, which we have come to results under similar conditions.

It is good to note that these tests are done with the GM version released last week, because the final version of iOS 7 was not out yet. In recent years, who have always been equal to the final version and a week is too short to test drastic optimizations good but it could be that Apple’s software is still adjusting light.
Battery test – Heavy Duty
Phone / tablet Endurance in hours, higher is better
iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1)
*******
17
iPhone 5 (iOS 7)
*******
16
Nexus 4
******
14
Nokia Lumia 925
*****
12
BlackBerry Z10
*****
11

If you’re a little less heavy user with iOS 7. Instead of 17 hours can be done 16 hours by phone. That is still a normal day, but less. Devices such as the Nexus 4 and Lumia 925 do less well, but there are also many phones that do the same or better, like the HTC One and LG G2.
Battery test – Average use
Phone / tablet Endurance in hours, higher is better
iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1)
*******
45
Nexus 4
******
41
iPhone 5 (iOS 7)
******
38
Nokia Lumia 925
*****
33
BlackBerry Z10
****
27

You deliver properly in typical use. Almost two full days you go to one and a half day. With 38 hours is the iPhone 5 at an average 7 iOS phone. That’s because he see in the video browsing and less long maintained, but mainly because he’s downright evil doing in standby. He slurps almost one percent per hour, which is much more than the half percent per hour under iOS 6.1.
Battery test – Light Duty
Phone / tablet In days, higher is better
Nexus 4
*******
6.00
iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1)
*****
4.70
Nokia Lumia 925
****
3.84
iPhone 5 (iOS 7)
****
3.48
BlackBerry Z10
***
2.58

With light use, consumption in standby an even bigger problem. The efficient Nexus 4, the six days of the iPhone under iOS 5 7 3.5 days. That is a lot less than under iOS 6 and place the iPhone at the bottom of the large middle of phones. Because the iPhone 5 does it so much better under iOS 6 is an issue that Apple should address.
Interface: almost everything else

Let’s start with what is unchanged. The home screens are still in iOS 7 rows of icons with four icons at the bottom of a dock. Same, also the classification of the homescreens does the layout of the setup menus and matches the interface of third-party apps does not change magically, that developers should do themselves.

For the rest has gone much on the shovel. The lockscreen has substantially the same functions, although the notification center are now open on the lockscreen. The arrow button to be pushed to the right is gone, and replaced by an arrow and text, which you wipe the entire home screen to the side. The release is similar, but looks different. The same applies to quickly open the camera. From the icon of the camera should be swept up.

On the home screens is that Spotlight has disappeared. That is no longer on a separate screen to the left of the left homescreen, but can be opened by pulling. Icons down Spotlight still can not find the settings so that users like under iOS 6 sometimes long lists settings need to find. Proper switch Fortunately, before another solution:. The control center, this command center can be accessed by sweeping under the screen up. It provides many settings that you need to know the icons, there is to be found in the window almost no letter. Also that the control exists, you just know, there is not a link or explanation.
Screenshot 7 iOS GM Screenshot 7 iOS GM Screenshot 7 iOS GM Screenshot 7 iOS GM

At the top are toggles for airplane mode, wifi, bluetooth, night mode and rotation lock. Below is a bar for adjusting the brightness. Underneath are controls for music and volume. The second is a lower setting for AirDrop and the bottom row contains shortcuts for the flashlight, alarm clock, calculator and camera.

The interface standard apps is adjusted. The biggest change is probably Safari. The address bar and search bar have been merged, and there are new options, such as reading links that are shared by people the user follows on Twitter. Moreover, the interface white with blue accents and with other icons.
Screenshot 7 iOS GM Screenshot 7 iOS GM Screenshot 7 iOS GM Screenshot 7 iOS GM Screenshot 7 iOS GM

Buttons are simply blue colored words. Because the buttons are so similar to normal text, it can happen that you try to click which is not clickable something. Apart from that, it is equally find out which parts are buttons. The idea that something click perch is blue, is not strange, but used on a mobile device.

iOS 7 blauwe knop

Actions can be performed over the entire screen, the back button is no longer a button but text. You can, however, over the left side of the screen, swipe to perform the action. On the lock screen you can swipe across to unlock the phone.

The design is also stripped of all frills. Whether you like it, will vary from person to person. The font is changed to a thinner font on the eye with more curves, making texts modern eyes. Whatever Most striking are the colors used. They are light and fairly bright, in contrast to the darker tones in iOS 6 and before.

In addition to his live wallpapers. In addition to the parallax, the wallpaper rotates with the movement of the phone to give the impression that the icons for the background float, the illusion some wallpapers also move themselves. By default, the static wallpapers.

The interface is in each case new. Almost all elements of the icons and buttons to the switches in the settings menu to, are renewed. It is good to see that Apple has the guts to change the appearance of its mobile operating system as to throw all of this interface is probably the subject of much debate, not everyone will like it at first glance beautiful. However, it is totally different and that makes the whole phone feels new. Moreover, if you go back to iOS 6 is that it look old-fashioned. The interface went quickly.
Screenshot 7 iOS GM Screenshot 7 iOS GM Screenshot 7 iOS GM Screenshot 7 iOS GM More than an interface: major changes

The innovation in iOS 7 is more than a lick of paint. The way the operating system business presents to the user and how the user can interact, thus is different. There are also major changes in, for example the extent to which and the times at which apps can multitask.

To begin with the latter: iOS 7 is finally all apps to multitask. Until now could take, like navigation or streaming music apps. Only certain apps on the business background Now, for example, may all apps running in the background data. That is, however, limited; iOS 7 trying to find patterns in the use of apps. Common apps may often business running in the background, less used may do less. In addition, the time of the day is important. If the user often opens the morning Facebook, Facebook can get the latest news for that time in the background. It uses as much as possible of times when the iPhone is used. If the user is already working yet, is to perform an additional task less stressful than when the processor needs to be. Specially made up for a task

That should lead to frequently used apps always ready when the user opens it, instead of the user to have to wait. Data The test period was too short to capture. These patterns Because there is nothing to set, you should wait until the software recognizes the patterns. This means that iOS 7 is the first version of iOS that offers full multitasking and that functionality is not limited to just a few apps.

The interface for multitasking is addressed. The recent apps are no longer displayed as a row of icons, but with a separate window for each recent app. In this window you see what happened in the app, for example in Safari you can see the site you visited. A swipe upwards close the app in question, and a click on it reactivates him. It holds three apps on the screen.

The interface to switch apps is one of the changes which the new philosophy of Apple’s best emerges. The interface unfolds in layers, the background is the rear low, hovering above the windows, while the icons there again at the top. That Apple intends that way, you can see the parallax effect, making the accelerometer determines where exactly on the screen windows and icons and how the background appears. It’s Apple’s way of creating depth in the interface. This mode of operation is from WebOS in 2009, but has been implemented and a half years ago in much the same way in Android.
iOS 7 hands-on Screenshot 7 iOS GM

Another example is the Notification Center. That is ‘on top of’ the rest of the interface and you can see that the background still vaguely see, much as did with Windows Aero in Vista. The Notification Center is also addressed. The ‘learning’ background is gone in favor of a little transparency. There are three tabs: Today, All and Missed. In Today lists the date and a short weather forecast, calendar entries and underneath, stock quotes and more. When Missed an overview of new notifications. Today the tab still does most reminiscent of Google Now, it provides an overview of calendar entries and can display how long the journey is to where you should be, it gives stock prices and a weather forecast. Yahoo provides the info.

The new ideas of how the interface should work can also be seen in the APIs for developers and engines. Apple is rumored to game developers adopted for the development of iOS 7. The purpose of iOS 7 is that it reflects the real world physics, with elements by touching the screen can be manipulated. As real objects It is an evolution of the way Apple iOS has ever designed. Much of how this works is still unclear, developers have had about sessions at WWDC, but it may not officially come out. This is also the biggest paradox of iOS 7, while all the icons and backgrounds are stripped of skeuomorfisme, the interface is properly designed to look more than ever skeuomorf.
Performance: approximately equal

How fast is the iPhone 5 on iOS 7? To investigate this, we performed various tests with the iPhone 5 on iOS 7 and compared with the performance on iOS 6.1. In it we see several differences, but certainly not huge shifts.
Frontpage loading (automatically)
Phone / tablet In seconds, lower is better
iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1)
*
0.12
iPhone 5 (iOS 7)
*
0.13
Nexus 4
****
0.47
BlackBerry Z10
******
0.63
Nokia Lumia 925
*******
0.76

Apple’s iPhone was in this test, in which a static frontpage of Tweakers 35x loaded and we automatically keep track of how long it takes almost a year superior and will remain so. The browser is not further accelerated in this field, though he is not significantly slower.
Kraken 1.1
Phone / tablet In milliseconds, lower is better
iPhone 5 (iOS 7)
**
13985
iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1)
***
20747
Nexus 4
****
22053
BlackBerry Z10
******
38715
Nokia Lumia 925
*******
43406

In modern web standards based on Mozilla’s Kraken 1.1 test is to see a significant improvement, Safari nibble a third of his time and was around 14.000ms. That is clever and shows that Apple has indeed tinkered with the technology behind the browser.
Peacekeeper
Phone / tablet In points, higher is better
iPhone 5 (iOS 7)
*******
924,00
iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1)
*******
899.00
Nexus 4
***
402.00
BlackBerry Z10
***
372,00
Nokia Lumia 925
***
335.00

In Future Marks browse Peacekeeper test is to see any effect but it is less. The score is slightly higher, but not much. In this test iPhones already scored some time higher than phones on other operating systems.
GFXBench – Egypt HD
Phone / tablet Framerate in fps, higher is better
iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1)
*******
39.0
Nexus 4
*******
39.0
iPhone 5 (iOS 7)
*******
37.0

This is crazy: compared to iOS 6 fails to GFXBench the same frames per second to conjure the image. It is slightly down. These are not numbers that you really going to notice, but it is a remarkable result.
GFXBench – Egypt HD – Offscreen
Phone / tablet Framerate in fps, higher is better
Nexus 4
*******
33.0
iPhone 5 (iOS 7)
******
30.0
iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1)
******
29.0

We looked at whether the same effect also occurs offscreen, so if the benchmark runs without limitations of the screen and the image taken in 1080p resolution to be calculated. Now the effect is not to act and scored iOS 7 shows slightly better.
Taking pictures
Phone / tablet In seconds, lower is better
iPhone 5 (iOS 7)
***
1.49
iPhone 5 (iOS 6.1)
****
1.92
BlackBerry Z10
*****
2.33
Nexus 4
*******
2.95
Nokia Lumia 925
*******
3.12

Making a picture with the new camera software is faster than under iOS 6.1 and you may call striking. After all, the ‘old’ camera software was for some years and so had plenty of time to be optimized. The new can create an image. The difference is including in autofocus. If you quickly press the camera button, the phone rattles off autofocus quickly and makes a picture. To make sure that the focus is correct, then you have to wait before you press the button a little longer, then the phone something more time. Conclusion: novelty

Apple has the guts to the interface of iOS to throw so that you hardly recognize him and bring all recent iPhones and iPads, as an update from him is remarkable. Where iOS in recent years with kid gloves were changed, stomped Apple – and presumably the new head Jony Ive software – now as an elephant through a china shop. This leads to a new interface, if you ask us, more modern, more fun and better than iOS 6. The new engine for the graphics interface and provides immense opportunities to build on this interface, both for developers and Apple itself. All that breathes new life into current iPhones.

It does not mean that there will be many opponents. It’s like the living room of millions of fans grows and that Apple will come much criticism. Moreover, it is the interface from which they purchased their phone. Will this time also more than people who do not perform the update than previous versions of iOS. Presumably

You also supplies some in this update. The battery life of the iPhone 5 is considerably less and you’ll notice in daily use. That is a huge disadvantage, that Apple should raise ASAP. The graphics are less, but we honestly not noticed in daily practice. Moreover, iOS 7 runs less smoothly on devices that are older than the iPhone 5 and especially the generation of the iPhone 4 may have difficulty with the advanced graphics.

Nevertheless, this bold update in our more than successful. Obviously there are issues that Apple needs to work, but that the interface of iOS 6 soon so old fashioned feel to it, proves that Apple has laid a solid foundation to help iOS to 2014.
Therefore, this update is the biggest risk that Apple ever took with his iPhone. What if uninformed users suddenly get a new interface and then suddenly not know? They want to return to iOS 6 and can not? Of course they do not go with pitchforks at Apple are at the door, but the digital pitchforks will this week ready for consumers.

What does the update for the tweakers among iPhone gebruilkers? Obviously you will eventually not be able to update the apps will require in the future and there are features and fixes in which you still fall behind with iOS 6. Away It is still interesting to know what to expect when the update over-the-air on your iPhone arrives. What does it mean for the interface, which contains all functions and meaning iOS 7 for the battery life? These are the questions we answer in this review of Apple’s new mobile operating system.

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