Upon first setting your eyes on Apple’s new iOS 7, there are some pretty obvious changes. In fact, it’s fair to say, compared with previous releases, that the latest, greatest version is the the break from the mold, but while the flattening and general brightening is apparent at first glance, some of the tweaks are only revealed once you begin using the new firmware. The whole experience has become a great deal more animated than ever before, but while these do add a nice touch of finesse to proceedings, not everybody has been thrilled with them.
The Apple Support Communities are a good way to gauge a general consensus on new products and features from the Cupertino, and parallax and zooming animations within iOS 7 have, in places, caused a bit of a stir. But this is no ordinary complaint.
See, while tech consumers, particularly those of an Apple-bent, are renowned for their knee-jerk reactions and complains, iOS 7 users aren’t just kicking up a fuss because they simply don’t like the new animations. In fact, there have been some genuine reports of ill health as a result of using the new software for sustained amounts of time.
From vertigo and dizziness to nausea, a small faction of iOS 7 users have found the new look presents more issues than they could ever have anticipated.
When jumping from the multitasking bar, or even simply closing an app and returning to the home screen, the animations are exaggerated and lengthy, and it is these kinds of transitions that are causing issues.
With one user of the Apple forums noting that they had to return home from work sick having become nauseous using their iPhone with iOS 7, it’s certainly more than a light concern to some, and although we would expect these kinds of symptoms from an ardent, partisan Android user being forced to use Apple’s flagship mobile OS, this really shouldn’t be happening to some of the tens of millions of early iOS 7 adopters.
The Reduce Motion feature within Accessibility Settings offers partial respite, but with no way to completely deactivate the animations, let’s hope Apple makes some additional considerations with the next update.
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