Dad, Musician, and Nerd
Home Depot flowers deserve to be eaten
Shpidah (He’s our hero)
Ravinia Sign #nofilter
It’s a full moon, less than 80 degrees, and we got pumpkin beer. Break out the fire pit.
Someone loves her new 3GS.
If you thought you were brilliant, this will prove you wrong. This is an improved fugue, suggested by the audience to use the Muppet Show theme. Improvised. Let that sink in.
Upgraded to Beta 3 on July 8th, build 7.0 (11A4414e)
Man it is nice to have Podcasts back. The change log for beta 3 is long and varied, but the thing that raised my eyebrow the highest was “Podcasts app is now functional”. Functional is right, but optimized, not terribly. New episode downloads are run on the main thread, so if you want to search or browse through the podcast directory you have to wait until your downloads are done.
My initial reaction to the heavier weighted fonts is a little mixed. I see why, but I’m sad that the change isn’t as dramatic. When I installed beta 1, the very light weighted fonts really blew me away - this, this is something different and new, this is a whole new phone. With this slightly heavier font, while it is still lighter than iOS 6 system fonts, the impact isn’t as heavy. When I say I see why, I see why they pulled back from crazy different. The average user doesn’t want to fiddle with settings to make their text legible. Starting at crazy light font and expecting the user to dial it back on their own is light under salting your entree and expecting your diner to salt it at the table. A great meal is spiced well as it hits the table, and in this case the font is weighted for reading ease, not impact. One place in particular that the heavier font is welcome is app labels, they appear much more readable.
Animations are a mixed bag. Moving into and out of applications, the swoop animation, is much quicker. One thing that raised a red flag for me was the speed at which beta 1 and 2 would enter and exit applications. The time it took to do so was maybe twice as long as iOS 6 and while the animation did look good it slowed things down perceptibly. Beta 3 speeds that up, and it is noticeable. On the other hand, the parallax effect in the home screen is jerky and unsettling; there seem to be lost frames. Confidence is high that this will get smoothed out, but it is an interesting that the FPS has regressed between versions.
The bug I identified on Day 8 wherein the multitask view would crash Springboard when resuming a chromeless web app has been fixed. The multitasking view in beta 2 was generally crashy, with more than one instance per day of Springboard crashing when attempting to resume any app, but you could reproduce it at any time with a chromeless web app.
There are significant improvements in beta 3, and we still have months to go.
Upgraded to Beta 2 on June 24th, build 7.0 (11A4400f)
Upgrading using the built in delta updater was flawless, just as expected. Immediate impressions on the new build is that everything is much faster, longer term impressions include better battery life, less graphical anomalies (one in particular springs to mind, when launching an app from Springboard, an edge of the display would still retain the wallpaper; as the app zoomed up from the Springboard, it wouldn’t zoom up all the way, leaving a view of the wallpaper behind it in a four or five pixel wide line on one edge) and an all around snappier feel.
I was even brave enough to reinstall Podcasts, while it didn’t crash the phone all the way down, it still did not run satisfactorily. Multiple prompts to turn on cellular networking, not playing files already downloaded, and delayed downloads of up to ten minutes. Back to Dropbox I go on that front.
Held up against my wife’s iPhone 5 running iOS 6, the transitions still feel longer and much less zippy. I’m wondering, however, if the designers are planning on speeding up those transitions or if their tenant of context is important enough to slow down transitions between applications, the Springboard, et al.
I have sixteen icons on my first page of apps (not counting the dock) and they are all stock apps except for three: iBooks, PlainText, and the chrome less web app for my Fever° installation. Of those three, Fever° looks the least out of place, Plaintext a little more so, and iBooks is a crazy skeuomorphic eyesore. This pattern is repeated throughout my application pages, Instagram looking very out of place as it is an actual depiction of a camera, Cinemagram looking more in line as it is simply a glyph but still a little out of place due to the color and artificial shadowing. Apple’s Remote application is an example of Neven Mrgan’s “right" looking scale in icon design, and it looks especially out of sync with the App Store, iTunes Store, and Safari icons. Surprisingly, the eBay app icon looks right at home, with the exception of its heavier font.
I’m currently on a quest to find the most suitable wallpaper for both the lock screen and Springboard. I’m currently using:
This is fine and dandy, but the OCD in me wants to see the boxes line up with the icons. The parallax effect keeps it moving underneath, keeping my mind from settling.