iOS 7's Biggest Annoyances (and How to Fix Them)
With the release of any new operating system comes a slew of slight problems and annoyances. iOS 7 is no different. While certain things won't annoy everyone, a few minor problems are bound to trouble people. With that in mind, here's how to fix some of the more common annoyances.
Parallax is iOS 7's new moving home screen. When you tilt your phone, the wallpaper shifts with it. It's a cool parlor trick, but not really useful. It's also incredibly distracting on the larger screen of an iPad. Worse is the fact that disabling it is hidden away. To turn it off head int Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. Turn that "On" and parallax is disabled.
Disable Control Center in App
Control Center is the handy new feature where you swipe up from the bottom of the screen to get quick access to various system toggles. It's great, but not all apps are ready for that gesture to exist. Subsequently, sometimes you'll accidentally pull up the Control Center drawer when you're playing a game or using an app. You can turn off Control Center in apps though. Just head to Settings > Control Center and toggle "Access Within Apps" off. It still works on the home screen and the lock screen.
Fix Battery Life by Disabling App Background Refresh
We haven't done any extensive tests with this, but running iOS 7 on an third generation iPad drained the battery significantly. The fix turned out to be disabling "App Background Refresh." This is the smarter multitasking feature that keeps apps running in the background and refreshing content. It also appears to drain a lot of battery life in our case. So, to disable it, head to Settings > General >Background App Refresh and toggle the setting to off. Your mileage may vary, but it helped our battery life a lot.
Get the Old Notification Center Back
Notification Center gets a huge overhaul and things are pretty different. For one, you now have a calendar view showing what's coming up on your calendar, as well as a quick summary of the weather. If you want something closer to the old Notification Center back, you'll need to pop into Settings > Notification Center and change a few things around. Turn off the "Today View," "Today Summary," and "Tomorrow Summary." Then set up your notifications for apps as you'd like.
Disable Automatic App Updates
Automatic App Updates is the new feature in iOS 7 where iTunes automatically downloads and updates all your apps for you in the background. It's great, but as we all know, sometimes an app will introduce a bug or feature that you don't want. If you're not comfortable with automatic updates, you can turn them off by heading into Settings > iTunes and App Store and toggling the "Updates" setting of "Automatic Downloads" to off.
Make Messages Display a Person's Full Name
By default, Messages no longer shows a contact's full name. This is great when you have friends with obnoxiously long and very specific names, but chances are you know a few people with the same name. This can cause confusion. So, to reenable the last name display in Messages, head to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Tap the "Short Name" option under "Contact" and change it to whichever selection you prefer.