Thoughts on iOS 7

I'm sure you're all aware by now that Apple released the new iOS 7 update yesterday.  If you are an iPhone user, you most likely have already downloaded it, and if you're anything like me, you excessively clicked that install button repeatedly until it worked.  Three hours later, a miracle happened and you basically received a new phone.  Bam!  Easy peasy.

Today I would like to share with you my thoughts on the new update.  I have very mixed feelings about it.  Some parts of the update are pretty cool, but others are quite disappointing.

Let's start with the pros first:

Folders:  I like how when you make a folder now, you can swipe between different pages.  No more 12 icons to a folder limit!
iOS 7 folders on iPhone
 Safari:  I am loving the new tab viewer for all the open web pages!  I'm also a fan of the bookmark icons that appear below the search engine box.
apple ios7
 New camera:  The square option is genius.  I would imagine this working great for Instagram photos!
apple iOS camera
Photo albums:  You can now search through your photos by date and location.  This is going to be very helpful when searching through my 1,200+ photos for blogging!

And now the cons:

Alarm clock:  I dislike the new alarm look.  It has a very busy, cluttered feel to it.  As if waking up in the morning isn't bad enough, right?!
apple iOS alarm clock
Messages:  I also think the new message layout has a cluttered look as well.  It just doesn't seem as organized looking as before.  
apple iOS iMessage text message screenshot
Notepad:  Where did the lines go!? Once again, cluttered and unorganized looking.  Come on, Apple!
apple iOS notes app
Keyboard:  I am not digging this black and white scheme.  My eyes feel like they're going to burst.  I give this one a negative 100.
Calendar:  The new look is too plain for my liking.  It was way more organized the old way.  Bring it back!
apple iOS calendar
Homescreen:  I have mixed feelings about this one.  I like how bright it is, but the text under the apps is too dull and hard to read.

Overall, I like iOS7 more than I dislike it.  I just wish Apple didn't go overboard with the flat, black and white look.  It is nice having a new phone though ;) I'm sure over time, when we look back at iOS 6, it will look like an old school AIM box or old school windows.  Oh technology!

So what do you think of the new update? Love it? Hate it? A little in between? Do tell!

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