|Apple's Update Remedies iOS 7 Motion Sickness, and iMessage Glitches|
|By JON M. CHANG (@JonMChang)||Oct 24, 2013, 10:20 AM|
It may have added beauty and shine to mobile devices, but Apple's iOS 7 had its problems. Its iMessage, designed to let Apple users send free text messages to other Apple users, malfunctioned. And a small but vocal minority that included the new "Fifty Shades of Grey" lead Jamie Dornan said the new zooming animations made them sick.
Apple's latest iOS update, iOS 7.0.3, "fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users" and "enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation," Apple said in a statement accompanying iOS 7.0.3's release.
You can still keep the animations that zoom in and out between apps, similar to the way they moved between programs in OS X for Macs. But those who toggle it off will instead see gentle fade effects, just as they saw with previous versions of iOS.
Michelle Barna, who spoke to about ABC News about how the zooming animations made her feel nauseated, welcomed the change. "I was happily surprised when I heard about the update to iOS 7, so I immediately tried it out," she wrote in an email. "The removal of the zooming animations completely changed how I feel when I use the phone, and I no longer feel sick."
In addition to the animation options -- zooming or gentle fade -- and the fixes to iMessage, the new patch lets users store passwords and more in iCloud through the Keychain app. If you own multiple Apple products, you can easily tap information among the different devices so long they are synced with iCloud.
The new update also introduces a password generator for iOS 7 users, creating "unique, hard-to-guess passwords," because abc123 was never that safe of a password to begin with.