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Why iOS 7 Is Making Some Users Feel 'Sick'

Soulskill posted about 9 months ago | from the you're-not-supposed-to-eat-the-phone dept.

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dryriver sends this story from The Guardian: "The introduction of fake zooms, parallax, sliding and other changes in Apple's new iPhone and iPad software has a very real effect on people with vestibular disorders. ... It makes frequent use of zoom and slide animations; the home screen boasts parallax, with icons apparently floating above subtly animating wallpaper. And it's making people sick. Triggers and symptoms vary, but TidePool mobile app developer Jenni Leder's experience is not uncommon. A self-professed power-user, she frequently switches apps; but on iOS 7, this has caused headaches and feelings associated with motion sickness. 'I now have to close my eyes or cover the screen during transitions, which is ridiculous,' she told The Guardian, adding that there's nowhere to hide: 'It's not apps that affect me, but accessing them. Tap a folder and the view zooms in. Tap an app and it's like flying through the icon and landing in that app's micro world — and I'm getting dizzy on the journey there.' Reactions to screen-based systems — especially those utilizing 3D effects — aren't new. Cynthia Ryan, executive director of the Vestibular Disorders Association, says 3D effects can cause 'intense nausea, dizziness and vertigo,' sometimes from general vision problems, but also from visual-vestibular conflict. She added symptoms 'manifest more severely if a viewer already has a disorder of the vestibular system.'"

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261 comments

Can't you turn the effects off? (5, Insightful)

brunes69 (86786) | about 9 months ago | (#44978615)

I am not an iOS user, but i know in Android these effects are very easily toggleable by the user.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (4, Informative)

bondsbw (888959) | about 9 months ago | (#44978623)

Re: Can't you turn the effects off? (4, Informative)

R.Mo_Robert (737913) | about 9 months ago | (#44979205)

That only affects parallax in the home screen and very few other types of "motion" in the UI. It does nothing to stop the "zoom" effects that happen when you wake the device start an app, or do anything that was fine in iOS 6 but annoying now even if you don't have this medical condition because it makes you wait a second all over the place for the stupid animation to complete.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (-1, Troll)

jo_ham (604554) | about 9 months ago | (#44978627)

This story has been posted for about 2 minutes, so this will look ridiculous posting this soon, but Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (4, Informative)

msauve (701917) | about 9 months ago | (#44978697)

That does indeed look ridiculous, since it doesn't address the issue, as clearly described in the article:

The lack of a solution is the bigger problem. Apple provides a "Reduce Motion" option within the iOS 7 Settings app, but it is poorly labelled; it merely disables the parallax effect, but doesn't stop zooming or sliding.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (-1, Troll)

jo_ham (604554) | about 9 months ago | (#44978801)

The zooming and sliding that hasn't been a problem in iOS up until this point, aye.

Suddenly it's causing nausea for some reason.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (5, Informative)

msauve (701917) | about 9 months ago | (#44978883)

There you go again. Why don't you take the time to read the article?

This wasn't the case under iOS 6. That system wasn't devoid of triggers (full-screen slide transitions being fairly common), but zooming was minimal and parallax was absent, as were gamified animation effects such as subtly shifting and sliding balloons in Messages.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979717)

double kill

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (5, Informative)

Culture20 (968837) | about 9 months ago | (#44978981)

The zooming and sliding is dramatically different. The zooming used to be always centered, and the sliding used to always be faster. Now the zooming comes from different angles and seems designed to induce nausea. My phone (iOS 7.02) doesn't even have the reduced motion option (possibly because ios7 doesn't do parallax on iPhone 4). And I never feel motion sick in a car or other vehicle, but my phone made me feel weird before other people mentioned it made them sick. Not nausea for me, but something.. unusual.
I've noticed that setting "increased contrast" seem to help with the speed of the zooming and sliding.
I've got other beefs with ios7 though, like the too-thin font for the clock on the lock screen, the annoyingly slow fade in/out, and safari constantly hiding/showing controls when I scroll a webpage (down vs up). None of which seems configurable.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979493)

io7 w/ iphone 4.. i have the reduce motion option.. maybe take another look?

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (1)

Culture20 (968837) | about 9 months ago | (#44979589)

It's supposed to be under settings->general->accessibilty
Not there at all. You probably have a 4S. Considering how Apple eschews external model numbers, I could see how it's easy to forget which it is.

Body is incompatible (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978961)

Sorry, your body has been found to be incompatible with this Apple product, please upgrade your body before continuing.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (4, Funny)

MightyYar (622222) | about 9 months ago | (#44978769)

I'm not an iOS user either, but I know that I design all of my interfaces for people with vestibular disorders.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979051)

Sure, and next you will tell us you design your interfaces for women too... give me a break.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (1)

SlippyToad (240532) | about 9 months ago | (#44979617)

For millions and millions of dollars' profit, it would pay to be aware of such things. Apple's cluelessness is reinforced by this eye-candy design decision.

Yes you can turn it off. Next story please. (4, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | about 9 months ago | (#44978785)

YES you can turn them off in the settings in iOS7. By the way the next version of Android will have a screen lock wallpaper of hypnotoad. You can turn it off but strangely you feel compelled not to. Everyone would be talking about this but hypnotoad tells them not to.

hypnotoad says you are a liar (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978905)

YES you can turn them off in the settings in iOS7. By the way the next version of Android will have a screen lock wallpaper of hypnotoad. You can turn it off but strangely you feel compelled not to. Everyone would be talking about this but hypnotoad tells them not to.

hypnotoad told me to say that.

Re:hypnotoad says you are a liar (4, Funny)

S.O.B. (136083) | about 9 months ago | (#44978973)

I, for one, welcome our new hypnotoad overlords.

Re:hypnotoad says you are a liar (1)

jimmydevice (699057) | about 9 months ago | (#44979531)

hypnotoad, hypnotoad. what is hypnotoad?

oh,wait... never mind ........
hail hypnotoad

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978851)

Sometimes it surprises me how far behind Apple is from the competitors. This is essentially Windows XP again. Introducing all that shine moving thingy that marketing loves to show off but that is completely useless and only slows down the workflow.
First thing you do as a user is to turn the animations off.

The RDF will probably make the fans claim that this is revolutionary and that no competitor have tried to sell polished turd before.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (2)

zippthorne (748122) | about 9 months ago | (#44979253)

Wasn't Windows XP the most successful software Microsoft has ever produced?

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979539)

Wasn't Windows XP the most successful software Microsoft has ever produced?

Well yes, but considering the crap that came later on, that made XP look good in comparison.

Re:Can't you turn the effects off? (5, Insightful)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | about 9 months ago | (#44979731)

Same thing in Windows - first thing I do is turn off all "special" effects. They don't make me sick, but why would I want to waste a few hundred milliseconds here, a few hundred there, just to have things "animated". If I open a menu - bam, I want the menu. If I close a window, I want it gone... I don't need to have it look nice sliding in and out.

For some of us, the appeal of "computers" is that they do what you want them to do, nothing more, nothing less (even if they had bugs, there was always a logical reason why it was doing "something you didn't ask it to do".)

Nowadays computers are doing all sorts of stuff you don't want them to, and didn't ask them to. By design.

On the plus side... (3, Funny)

crafty.munchkin (1220528) | about 9 months ago | (#44978621)

Yes, I turned all those effects off, and it was still making me feel nauseous.

It's now been replaced, with a brand new phone of the same configuration at no cost to myself. That is brilliant customer service, Apple. Cheers.

Re:On the plus side... (1)

bondsbw (888959) | about 9 months ago | (#44978637)

a brand new phone of the same configuration

Are you saying that you now have a newer model (e.g. you went from iPhone 4S to 5 or 5S or 5C)? That makes a difference?

Re:On the plus side... (2, Interesting)

mcgrew (92797) | about 9 months ago | (#44978731)

I think you misunderstood his point - whether or not the hardware was updated, it was the same interface. The interface was the problem, not the phone.

I'm starting to think that my $125 waterproof Android phone is superior to an $800 iBling in a whole lot of ways (my daughter has an iPhone, she wants one like mine now).

Re:On the plus side... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978755)

Yes of course she does. Why would your $125 Android phone (btw. what decent smarthone has this pricetag? none?) be a better choice than an "$800" iBling or Samsung Galaxy?

Re:On the plus side... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978781)

Kids always envy what the other party has.
Back in my days, every one of my friends who had a C64 was jealous of my PCjr. Never knew why.

Re:On the plus side... (1)

bondsbw (888959) | about 9 months ago | (#44979217)

Yes, I did misunderstand. "Cheers" was sarcastic, I now assume... I thought the OP was saying that he got a newer phone that somewhat made it better.

Re:On the plus side... (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about 9 months ago | (#44979261)

Are you comparing the subsidized price of an android phone to the unsubsidized price of an iPhone?

Re:On the plus side... (2)

JustNiz (692889) | about 9 months ago | (#44978765)

>> with a brand new phone of the same configuration .... so they replaced your phone with an exact duplicate? huh?

Re:On the plus side... (5, Informative)

Halo1 (136547) | about 9 months ago | (#44978901)

Probably because of Apple's extremely annoying policy that you cannot downgrade iOS anymore a couple of days after they release a new version. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHSH_Blob [wikipedia.org] for more details. The ability to downgrade to iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 was disabled around 22 September.

Since iOS 7 was only released recently, there are probably still quite a few devices with iOS 6.1.3/6.1.4 in the channel, and that person probably got such a device in exchange for his iOS 7 "upgraded" one.

Re:On the plus side... (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about 9 months ago | (#44978989)

You can never downgrade, it's always been upgrade only with jail breaking and hacks.

Re:On the plus side... (1)

Halo1 (136547) | about 9 months ago | (#44979049)

As long as Apple still signs the older iOS version, you should be able to downgrade (even via iTunes). See e.g. http://www.iphonehacks.com/2013/06/downgrade-ios-7-to-ios-6.html [iphonehacks.com] . You could call it a hack, but since it's standard iTunes functionality I don't think it really is.

Re:On the plus side... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979511)

Yes, I turned all those effects off, and it was still making me feel nauseous.

Apple refused to send a replacement, brand new or otherwise, because there was "no hardware failure". That is atrocious customer service, Apple. Cheers.

Fixed that for you

iPad 3, UK (the call centre that dealt with it was in Ireland, but the supervisor didn't quite sound Irish).

And it's of course Apple's fault (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978633)

Not a cheap stab at all. Now we just need to ban all first-person shooters to achieve complete political correctness.

Re:And it's of course Apple's fault (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978725)

Okey, this might not have any relevance at all, but I thought that it was quite funny, so I decided to post a little anecdote. Quakeworld - a quake 1 'mod' - tends to give me motion sickness if I'm not used to it. It takes approximately 3 weeks to accustom to its effects. Watching demos, though. Playing takes about 1 week. Quake 3 on the other hand gave me another kind of motion sickness, but only the Quake3 final. Quake3 test 1.08 was simply fine and impressive. None of the above stated effects. To pick a winner, Wolfenstein gave me perhaps the worst motion sickness from all the games I played/watched. I could go on but this rant is ridiculous enough as it is, later. :>

Re:And it's of course Apple's fault (3, Interesting)

mcgrew (92797) | about 9 months ago | (#44978775)

Okey, this might not have any relevance at all, but I thought that it was quite funny, so I decided to post a little anecdote. Quakeworld - a quake 1 'mod' - tends to give me motion sickness if I'm not used to it.

These guys need to get accounts or I need to get mod points. Apple should have known better, considering that this effect was known fifteen years or more ago; I had a fairly popular Quake site back then (1998-2003) and got quite a few emails from readers talking about this in Quake II, and bigger sites than mine were covering it as well.

Research fail on Apple's part. Hubris or stupidity? Both?

Re:And it's of course Apple's fault (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979063)

yeah, it is right around Quake I that I stopped playing the FPS games.... because of that.

I for one welcome our new vomit-inducing Overlords (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978635)

What Would Jobs Have Said?
Love him or hate him, heads would have rolled.

Re:I for one welcome our new vomit-inducing Overlo (2, Funny)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 9 months ago | (#44978667)

What Would Jobs Have Said?

"They're looking at it wrong." "Apple products just aren't for everybody." etc.

This is the guy who wanted all media apps to look like the current trend (at the time) brushed metal of stereo gear, but I thought skeuomorphism was dead under new Apple?

Re:I for one welcome our new vomit-inducing Overlo (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978757)

Blame it on Jobs all you want, but if he said it, Apple users would have been parroting the same thing within hours.

Re:I for one welcome our new vomit-inducing Overlo (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978963)

Ah--they want everyone to feel nauseous like Steve Jobs was.

When are they going to patent this effect?

Disable option? (2)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 9 months ago | (#44978641)

Is there really no way to disable the animations? Could you customize the wallpaper to be a single colour so there is no visible movement?

Re:Disable option? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978701)

There is:

Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion

Re:Disable option? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978735)

Except that doesn't disable animations. All it does it removes the parallax effect as clearly mentioned in the article.

The lack of a solution is the bigger problem. Apple provides a "Reduce Motion" option within the iOS 7 Settings app, but it is poorly labelled; it merely disables the parallax effect, but doesn't stop zooming or sliding.

Re:Disable option? (0)

BitZtream (692029) | about 9 months ago | (#44979003)

Yes, and yes.

You can turn off parallax in the settings, which makes it pretty much like previous versions of iOS.

You can also set the wallpaper to any image you want.

This story is just some douchebags blog, using iOS to get people's attention and page views

Re:Disable option? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979367)

Any blog that talks about iOS is a douchebag blog. It is aimed at people that use apple.

Re:Disable option? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979463)

Yes, and yes.

You can turn off parallax in the settings, which makes it pretty much like previous versions of iOS.

No, it doesn't, which everybody who took the time to read the article before discussing it know.

Somebody took a bite of the apple (1)

larpon (974081) | about 9 months ago | (#44978643)

...and now I feel sick too!

It's logical (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978645)

If you eat a rotten apple, you get sick.

You're doing it wrong. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978651)

If you were holding the iphone with the screen turned away from your eyes, then you wouldn't feel nauseous because of the animations.

No (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978659)

You're looking at it wrong.

Classic vs iOS7 Slider ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978691)

Apple needs to add two sliders to the Settings:
Disable Animations OFF - ON
Layout Style Classic iOS vs iOS7 Fisher Price addition

Why is Apple copying the look and feel of MS WinPhones ?

Re:Classic vs iOS7 Slider ? (0, Troll)

QuantumLeaper (607189) | about 9 months ago | (#44978795)

When does Apple not copy someone else?

Re:Classic vs iOS7 Slider ? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978917)

When does Apple not copy someone else?

When Google is copying Apple and calling the result Android.

So glad I haven't upgraded (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978709)

I decided to at least wait to upgrade to iOS7, after the pre-launch pictures made it look like the cum rag after a clown orgy. Perhaps if they fix some things in the next point release, including letting people go back to iOS6 style look-and-feel settings, then I'll upgrade. Not until.

I've found I have to not upgrade any apps, either, as all of them are moving to the flat style icons. Meanwhile, I can try to figure out how to move all the stuff I have in iTunes to Android equivalents, because that's looking like the way to go for the future.

Re:So glad I haven't upgraded (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978895)

As of 7.0.2, still no way back. Even worse on iPhone 4, there is no Reduce Motion option. Must be only for iPhone 5.

Re: So glad I haven't upgraded (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979047)

The description of the Reduce Motion feature in iOS is "Reduce the motion of the user interface, including the parallax effect of icons and alerts". This option affects the motion of the wallpaper as the device is tilted, a feature not available on the iPhone 4.

Re: So glad I haven't upgraded (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979517)

4s has it

What? Give up my iPhone? (-1, Flamebait)

JustNiz (692889) | about 9 months ago | (#44978749)

>> 'I now have to close my eyes or cover the screen during transitions, which is ridiculous,'

Yes it is. just get a non-Apple phone dumbass....

Re:What? Give up my iPhone? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978825)

TidePool mobile app developer Jenni Leder's experience is not uncommon. A self-professed power-user...

She's a mobile app developer. Why would she give up a phone whose users comprise the bulk of her earnings. Android users don't buy as many apps. I would say that makes you the "dumbass".

Where she falls down is first, didn't she have the developer versions to test, and second, why didn't she report it back then.

Re:What? Give up my iPhone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979091)

I stopped beta testing for Apple when the firmware bricked my phone for a month and a half in which neither Apple nor the carrier wanted to hear anything from me: beta means at your own risk. It was the best way to learn about Android.

Patent Violation (5, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about 9 months ago | (#44978759)

I'm pretty sure this is a violation of Microsoft's patent on Software as a Sickness.

Re:Patent Violation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979331)

Take away the 'l' in slickness = sickness.

Re:Patent Violation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979551)

Now you made me snort coffee over my Macbook...

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Apple makes me feel sick as well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978841)

It's when I look at the price tags for Apple products compared to similarly specced non-Apple hardward that I begin to feel sick knowing how gullible the American public has become.

why did they put an industrial designer in charge? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978849)

Johnny Ive may be a genius at engineering airflow through amazingly small cases and whatnot but he doesn't know dick about interfaces apparently...

Bring back Scott Forestall!

Amateurs (4, Informative)

gweihir (88907) | about 9 months ago | (#44978863)

This is not new. Apple does not seem to have any competent GUI people anymore, just "designers". And of course, competent testing would have found that problem. I expect in a while we will be hearing that thy did know this but management did not took it seriously. Like the the one time where Apple management thought thy knew more about antenna design that the guys that do it for a living.

That's why they hire fashion designers... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978999)

I really don't know why so many geeks are holding out for Apple... Apple is all about pretentiousness, they only care about how stuff looks. Should we really care about those stupid animations that only slow down everything you do? That consume more battery while achieving only this WOW effect when you first use the device? The only reason for Apple to use some "new" technology is to wow people into their shitty walled iGarden. They hired the CEO from Yves Saint Laurent for gods sake...

Re:That's why they hire fashion designers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979019)

Aspergers Revealed!

Re:Amateurs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979519)

That's right. Steve Jobs personally designed the iPhone antenna.

Arrested app development (1)

agendi (684385) | about 9 months ago | (#44978871)

Lucille Austero was an iPhone user?

Apples solution... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978897)

    You're not holding it right!

Why all of a sudden? (2, Insightful)

Latentius (2557506) | about 9 months ago | (#44978903)

Not to be insensitive to people with vestibular disorders, but why is this the first I'm hearing about this? OSes from Windows to OSX to Linux to Android, etc. etc., have employed various zooming/sliding/wobbling/parallax animations for years now. I've only played with iOS 7 that smallest bit, but is it really so different from everything else that's it's causing a sudden wave of heretofore unseen motion sickness?

Re:Why all of a sudden? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978925)

it's FUD manufactured by Samsung's marketing consultants...

Re:Why all of a sudden? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978949)

This is the same problem many of us have with first person shooters. If you've heard people complain about getting motion sick while gaming, you've heard of this before.

Re:Why all of a sudden? (5, Informative)

c (8461) | about 9 months ago | (#44978977)

Not to be insensitive to people with vestibular disorders, but why is this the first I'm hearing about this?

In a nutshell, vestibular disorders are weird and the triggers are subtle. Certain movements won't bother most people, but if you smooth them out, adjust the speed, tweak the effect, things get weird.

I went through an episode of labyrinthitis (an inner ear problem) a few years ago, and it was crazy what would and wouldn't trigger problems. For example, I could watch videos of someone running a dog in agility, but first-person video of any kind was nasty and when that tsunami trashed Japan, I nearly hurled trying to watch footage of the waves on Youtube. I could actually run my dog in agility, spinning and sprinting and and dodging and pretty much anything physical while standing up, but being in a moving vehicle or even just bending over... ugh.

Re:Why all of a sudden? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979077)

In general, it's worse when the effect covers a larger amount of the region you're paying attention to visually. In this case, it covers the entire screen, which is awful. There are movement effects in (for example) OSX but they are basically always against a fixed background. That's not true in iOS 7 according to TFA, where you get effects like the whole screen sliding or zooming, with acceleration and deceleration and realistic parallax effects. These effects are intended to evoke the feeling that the user is moving (as opposed to the feeling that objects are moving around on the screen), so it's not surprising that they trigger people who have what is effectively the worst case of motion sickness imaginable.

Re:Why all of a sudden? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 9 months ago | (#44979167)

in none of those does it really happen that much in normal workflow.

you probably know a bunch of chicks who can't even watch someone play a 3d game though..

Re:Why all of a sudden? (3, Informative)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | about 9 months ago | (#44979309)

Yes, other operating systems and interfaces have implemented similar effects. But Apple implemented them everywhere possible. Just unlocking the screen causes a zoom-out-to-your-previously-opened-app effect. I can't say that it makes me sick, but it can be disorienting and distracting. It's definitely a case of effects for effects sake.

There isn't much you can do on the system without triggering some 3d effect.

A week with the iPhone 5s... (0)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 9 months ago | (#44978933)

Eric Zeman posted his views on the iPhone 5s, I'm pasting his article below...

Eric Zeman | September 28, 2013 09:06 AM

I've spent a week using the Apple iPhone 5s as my primary device. In general, it is a solid effort on Apple's part, but it is not without its faults. Here are some of the strong points and weak points I've observed over the last seven days.

iOS 7 is a bit buggy on the 5s. I've installed iOS 7 on an iPhone 5, an iPad 3, and an iPad Mini. It runs best on the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini. On the iPhone 5s, iOS 7 is prone to app crashes. Third-party app crashes aren't too awful, but when native apps such as the Settings Menu and Safari crash, you know something's not right.

The hardware is fine, if unexciting. The 5s is a solid little device. Apple designed it with care and everything about it exudes quality and class. The display is great, even if it is smaller than I'd like, and the small form factor makes it easy to carry around and use.

It's not the best voice phone. I've been testing an AT&T model of the iPhone 5s and am not impressed with its phone calls. I heard lots of interference and the earpiece speaker doesn't get quite loud enough. The speakerphone produces plenty of volume, but it also amplifies the interference. The iPhone is a better voice phone.

The battery hasn't given me any trouble. The first few days were a bit iffy, but that's true of most smartphones. Once the battery cycled through a few charges, it settled into a good rhythm. I routinely got a full day out of it, despite heavy use. It's worth noting, though, that the battery cannot be removed or replaced, so you're stuck with what's sealed in the iPhone 5s.

The camera is great. The new software, combined with the improved sensor, go a long way toward making the iPhone 5s one of the best camera phones available. The camera app is simpler to use and includes more features, such as burst mode and slow-motion video capture, and the results are on par with today's best devices. The improved gallery app is far more powerful when it comes to organizing photos, and some of the editing tools are a welcome addition.

iOS 7 is still inflexible. Apple's simple smartphone/tablet user interface may win usability awards, but it is nowhere near as flexible or customizable as Android or even Windows Phone. The inability to control exactly where apps are positioned is frustrating, and the lack of resizable home screen widgets and apps leaves the OS looking too homogenous. I'd love to see some truly dynamic content on the home screen.

Control Center is convenient. Apple's new dashboard for controlling some of the iPhone 5s's features is a big help. It makes simple tasks such as turning on and off the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth radios a breeze. I also like the fact that it includes controls for the music player as well as apps like the flashlight, calculator, timer, and camera. This is definitely a time saver, considering that it took several steps to reach many of these controls in previous versions of iOS.

There's plenty to like about the 5s, but at the end of the day it offers only a slightly different experience than last year's iPhone 5. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is the biggest difference. The camera and processor improvements in the 5s, though very real, aren't all that much better than the iPhone 5. We can only hope that Apple will make significant changes in next year's iPhone 6.

Link: http://www.informationweek.com/hardware/handheld/apple-iphone-5s-my-first-week/240161890 [informationweek.com]

Re:A week with the iPhone 5s... (2)

BitZtream (692029) | about 9 months ago | (#44979045)

You really shouldn't repost articles from other websites in their entirety. You've just taken advertising dollars away from information week, and indirectly from the authors pocket, and given them to Dice, and indirectly, idiots like Timothy lord.

That's lose - lose all the way around.

Re:A week with the iPhone 5s... (2)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 9 months ago | (#44979151)

Point taken about reposting an article in it's entirety. Thank you for enlightening me.

It's a feature~ (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978935)

To stop idiots from looking only at their iphones for hours while walking and even driving.

Test in Heavy Traffic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44978965)

Awesome, all we need for those that text and drive.

Come on! (-1, Troll)

patchouly (1755506) | about 9 months ago | (#44979031)

If you can't use a device without getting nauseous, then don't use it. I like the new effects. Companies can't build all devices, keeping those with vestibular disorders in mind.

Gratuitious animations (4, Informative)

jtara (133429) | about 9 months ago | (#44979071)

As usual on /., many commenters above failed to either read the article or actually try it themselves.

You can turn off the background paralax effect. But, really, that is quite subtle and not that objectionable. I turned it off, simply because I figured it eats CPU, GPU or both unnecessarily.

The new animations are gratuitious - they don't seem to serve any useful purpose. They are just plain silly-looking. Home-page icons now fly-in from all different angles. Drag a page, and now you are no longer dragging a skewmorphic piece of paper, but a skewmorphic sheet of silly-putty - drag at the right side, and the page warps, your finger "stretches" the right-hand side of the page. This kind of stuff was all the rage on Linux desktops - about 5 years ago. By now, everybody still running Linux has gotten tired of it and turned that nonsense off. The "bounce" now has a "warp" effect as part of it as well - the page deforms when it bounces.

It's like playing a bad ho-hum video game where they amped-up the effects because of lack of compelling content.

No, you can't disable these effects.

I'd imagine that if there is a medical issue with this, it is worse on iPad, because it fills more of your field of view when you are using it.

Well, yes you can. You can downgrade to a device that Apple has deemed incapable of rendering these effects. I think you need, say, an iPhone 4.

Apple seems to have become recently brain-dead when it comes to practical aspects of UI. And I hate to say it, but it must be due to Ivy, because they were quite good about it before. He is really, really good at designing appealing surfaces and finishes and packaging. UIs, not so much.

Another example of the non-functionaly of the new UI - buttons. It seems now that many buttons have absolute NO feedback that you have pressed them. I imagine the concept here is that the button is meant to perform some action, and the action itself is the confirmation that the button was pressed.

(Of course, a button is a skewmorphism, and we don't want skewmorphisms, right? So, I guess I shouldn't say "button" but "that word that's a bit bigger and fatter than the other words, and is off by iteself, that if you touch it something happens"...)

Somebody should have telegraphed that message to the poor developers who were given the impossible task to insure that the "action" happens soon enough for the user to connect their touching something on the screen with the "action" - regardless of the amount of work the action might take, and, oh, regardless of any other background processing that might be going-on in the device. Well, actually, I suppose somebody did, and those developers probably now feel like shit for having failed, even thought they could not have possibly suceeded.

Re:Gratuitious hypochondria (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979583)

Yah, what is really funny is that when a Linux desktop does wobbly windows nobody gets ill, but when Apple does it, there is no end of hypochondriacs coming out of the closet.

Re:Gratuitious hypochondria (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979623)

When Linux did wobbly windows, everyone complained and now they're gone. What's your point? Did your iDildo get stuck too far up your ass?

AHahahahaha (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979119)

Poor Apple! Don't you realize all these GPU-intensive effects are the bulk of the issue that slows down iOS7 on the older phones? Add a toggle to turn of the slide/zoom and suddenly those poor, cripplingly-slow 4G handsets appear to survive the new OS transfer rather well. Leading to 4G users who won't trade up their model because they think it's slow?

Bitches thought they could make money slowing down oldphones with silly untoggleable effects and incentivizing users of a perfectly good phone to upgrade it. Proof in the pudding is yanking the rollback option - who the fuck doesn't allow a downgrade?

Sweet, sweet chocolately crunch legacy karma.

Just (2, Insightful)

cosm (1072588) | about 9 months ago | (#44979179)

First world problems.

Re:Just (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979567)

Nuclear weapons are first world problems too. So are ruffies at frat parties, exploding Li-Ion batteries, and autism-vaccine paranoia. The third word of the term "first world problem" is "problem", and since I live in the "first world", I have a vested interest in seeing first world problems fixed, no matter how lame you think they are.

Apple (2, Funny)

fox171171 (1425329) | about 9 months ago | (#44979263)

I don't have a vestibular disorder, but Apple products have always made me sick. Or is it annoyed? Yeah, I think that's the word I am looking for.

So what? (1)

RamiKro (3019255) | about 9 months ago | (#44979287)

Many visually impaired individuals can't use anything but a terminal off a refreshable braille display... Are we to ban all GUIs now?

Bling (3, Insightful)

gr8_phk (621180) | about 9 months ago | (#44979337)

Those "features" are nothing more than visual bling. This suggests Apple is running out of great ideas and resorting to fancy instead of functional? I can name a whole list of UI features that would be awesome and seem innovative, while actually doing useful stuff easier.

Parallax? That's so Angry Biirds.

Iphones make me nauseous too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979349)

...but it's not because of the 3d effects.

Funny, never noticed it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#44979489)

Been running iOS since early beta and didn't notice the parallax effect for "still" backgrounds until.... This article pointed it out. Now it's impossible to miss.

The wiki reason some users feel sick (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about 9 months ago | (#44979573)

IPhones use http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse-width_modulation [wikipedia.org] (PWM) to dim its display cycling on and off rapidly above the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flicker_fusion_threshold [wikipedia.org] not only is this annoying and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asthenopia [wikipedia.org] inducing to some it is wholly unnecessary.

What is happening with the animations at certain brightness levels http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duty_cycle [wikipedia.org] of the PWM creates a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resonance [wikipedia.org]
with screen movements shadowed by the moving appendages. You can see this effect by turning down brightness on your monitor and waving your finger rapidly in front of the screen. If you see distinct fingers rather than continuous blur through the motion you too are being made http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasickness [wikipedia.org] by the effect of http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cut_corners [wiktionary.org] . The solution is to jack up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminance [wikipedia.org] to 100% until your phones battery melts into a pool of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium [wikipedia.org] lithium ions...no seriously just turn off the stupid animation feature. So much whining can be avoided with so few seconds of googling. Just take my advice and stay off the crack formerly known as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] .

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