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In the last week, we’ve seen the release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks and iOS 7.0.3, plus major updates to the iLife and iWork suites. While there are plenty of nice things with Mavericks and the other Mac apps, iOS 7.0.3 interests me more.

I’m still upset that it won’t run on my 4th generation iPod touch (newer model than my iPhone 4S), but it is what it is, and I just have to accept it. That said, the update last week proves that Apple does listen to our complaints — to a degree. The two biggest complaints about iOS 7.0 concerned the zoom effect and the fact that once installed, there was no way to go back to iOS 6.1.3. Well, you still can’t revert to 6.1.3, but you can turn off the zoom effect. That zoom drove me nuts, but it was actually making some people sick. Side benefit? I’m seeing a huge increase in battery life. In stand-by mode, my iPhone charge goes down at the rate of 1% per hour. Background app refresh is off for most things, ditto automatic updates, but email is still on push. How to turn off that miserable zoom effect? Go to Settings > General >Accessibility > Reduce Motion. Works like a charm.


Another reason to upgrade to iOS 7 (now that the zoom can be disabled) is the gesture accessibility. Swipe down from the top edge to see the Notification Center. Swipe up from the bottom edge to access the Control Center, where you have instant access to volume, brightness, AirPlay, Airdrop and a bunch of other settings. Swipe down from any other place on one of the main screens to bring up the keyboard and search bar. No more going back to the first screen and then one more screen back. Love it. It’s the easiest way possible to launch an app that may be nested in a folder within a folder. I use it a lot. I still hear complaints about the flat look of iOS 7, but performance improvements beat cosmetics for me, and I don’t think I’m alone. Now, if we could just have a way for those who are really unhappy to go back to the old iOS…

Happy Halloween to all.



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