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Thoughts on iOS 7

Let's face it, iOS is fun. It feels like a new phone once you've installed it. Things zip, zoom, and ooze around, and most things feel more spacious and clean. 

My favorite bits of iOS 7: I like how, after typing a text message and hitting send, the text bubble sort of spills from the entry box to the field above. It is a small, organic touch. I also love the slide finger down to do a global search. I've always found global searches to be key to being fast and effective; it's the genius of google (one search box) and a launcher like LaunchBar or Alfred. The swipe down gesture brings this search anywhere. I have always used Spotlight a lot on my iOS devices, and it took a while to unlearn the swipe swipe swipe left gestures and replace them with swipe down, but it's great. I also find working menus much easier in iOS 7, as the clean lines make it fairly clear (for example, a contact's information is easier to scan for the right number or email address).

Disappointments for me are battery life and the zooming bits. I got used to the zoom effect within a few days, but I still find it excessive visual noise. I also had hoped a noticeable battery improvement, but maybe that will take app updates. 

But my favorite part of iOS 7 is actually outside of iOS 7 proper: it's OmniFocus 2 for the iPhone. It rivals Day One for greatest app ever. It's perfect.  The circles, colors, images, buttons: the delight and the efficiency, the fun and the geekery, are one.

 

The Many Faces of St. Paul

Excerpt from Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Question of Tragedy in the Novels of Thomas Hardy