When I heard about iOS7, through this year’s WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference), I was really excited. Apple hasn’t changed their OS in any major or fundamental way in a very long time….or, well, ever. I was excited. It LOOKED really pretty and I was excited about some of the changes that they were bringing out. And then it launched. Now, there’ve been a lot of complaints so far. And I’d like to address them now. At least, the ones that I’ve dealt with.

Complaint #1
All my stuff is gone. Where is all my stuff?

Well, it’s gone. Why? Because you didn’t back up. First rule of installing a brand new OS? Backup. You have to backup. If you don’t backup, you MAY lose all of your stuff. You MAY not but I don’t like those particular odds. So, backup and THEN install the OS.

Complaint #2
Everything’s different. I don’t like different, or new, or different.

Well, should you be someone who doesn’t like new things or change, I would strongly recommend that you don’t install a new operating system. Furthermore, you may want to not use technology. Things change, pretty quickly.

Complaint #3
I don’t know how to use this.

I’m about to blow your mind. There is a totally new and revolutionary website that has launched called Google. The premise is this. You can basically ask it a question and it will answer it for you. So, if you want to know how to close an app using the new operating system you can ask Google and it will tell you to double tap the home icon, and then swipe up on the app you wish to close. You could also ask me and I will tell you, but Google is pretty great at this sort of thing.

I’ve read review after review on the “issues” surrounding iOS7. Everything from “when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen during a game of Temple Run 2 in order to jump, in opens up control center and pauses your game” (easily fixable by changing one option) to “I don’t like how the screen unlock is different” (you mean easier?). I’ve yet to find a legitimate flaw with it. And I’ve tried. I have. I’ve had some temporary issues, things I didn’t know how to do. But I’ve either googled it or figured it out.

Why do I love the new OS? Three reasons.

Reason #1
It’s really pretty.

I’m sorry. It is. Actually, why am I sorry. I’m not sorry. It’s a fantastic look. It’s so smooth. It’s so clean. It’s really fantastically pretty. It is.

Reason #2
The Flashlight.

It seems like a small thing, but Apple has taken something that you previously had to download, something that previously took up a spot on your screen and now it’s right there in the control panel. Oh, and you could use another app WHILE the flashlight is on. Seems silly right. No. It’s intuitive.

Reason #3
Automatic updates.

When something needs to be fixed, now it just gets fixed. I don’t have t think about it. I don’t have to think about a lot of things anymore. It’s intuitive.

So, back up your iPhone or iPad, install iOS7 and play. 

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