Dear Apple, Thank You for Fixing the Worst Part of iOS 7

Analyzing the top news stories across the web
Oct. 25 2013 1:16 PM

Dear Apple, Thank You for Fixing the Worst Part of iOS 7

170298207
Apple's latest version of iOS 7 lets you turn of the distracting "parallax" effect as well as other animations.

Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

This post originally appeared in Business Insider.

By Steve Kovach

Advertisement

I've been using iOS 7, the redesigned operating system for iPhones and iPads, since it first became available to developers in June.

My biggest beef with iOS 7 in those early days was the animated effects I saw whenever I opened a folder or new app. Those animations were noticeably slower than the ones in older versions of iOS, which made it feel like I was waiting an eternity to access my stuff. I was also bothered by Apple's "parallax" effect in iOS 7, which taps into the iPhone's built-in motion sensors and lets your background move with you as you twist the device in your hands. It was super distracting.

But when the final version of iOS 7 launched last month, the animations didn't get any faster. You could still turn off the parallax effect under settings, but you were still stuck with the zoomy animations that some people said made them sick to their stomachs.

Many tech pundits, even some of the world's most passionate Apple fans, hated those animations.

But Apple fixed it. Sort of. In a new minor update to iOS 7 that launched this week, Apple gave users the option to switch off nearly all of the vomit-inducing animations. Before, you could only turn off the parallax effect. Now you can turn off the animations when opening up apps or folders.

When enabled, tapping a folder or app just flips the screen to your desired destination. No zooming. No swoops. No lag. You just get what you want. I think it's the best way to use iOS 7.

Want to try it?

First, you need to make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS 7, version 7.0.3. Open the Settings app. Then tap General. Then tap Software Update. Your phone will tell you if you need to update.

After you update to 7.0.3, open Settings again. Then General. Then tap Accessibility. Select the option that says "Reduce Motion" and flip the switch to green. That'll kill most annoying animations in iOS 7.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?
Music

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
  Business
Buy a Small Business
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 PM Inking the Deal Why tattoo parlors are a great small-business bet.
  Life
Dear Prudence
Oct. 2 2014 6:00 AM Can’t Stomach It I was shamed for getting gastric bypass surgery. Should I keep the procedure a secret?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?