re: Apple iOS 7: Visual Tour
I haven't had a chance to use iOS 7 yet, since I don't currently have an iPhone. But here's what I find important so far: Before the new iPhones reached reviewers, the consensus was very "meh," with more than a few commentators claiming that Apple no longer innovates; after reviewers received their phones, and after iOS 7 was released to the public, the tone changed dramatically.
Now, almost everyone is praising both the OS and the new hardware, and after some initial concerns about pre-sale numbers, analysts now expect an opening week sales figure that should exceed the iPhone 5's. Could iOS 7 be better? Yes, I think so, and I think Tom raises good points, as did Eric Zeman in another IW story today. But given what people are now saying, I think Apple has reasserted its smartphone leadership in several respects. Moreover, once gaming and fitness developers start playing with the new A7/M7 processors, I also suspect the iOS app ecosystem will only grow stronger. That said, some of the OS's weak points might grow more glaring in coming weeks, as more and more users weigh in.
Have any of you who've already downloaded it developed any strong opinions, one way or the other? It will be interesting to see how iOS 7 satisfaction varies with hardware.