Is Apple's iOS 7 causing motion sickness?

Today in Apple: iOS motion sickness? Plus: iPhone versus Android, and iOS 7 downloads spike Internet traffic

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iOS 7 and Motion Sickness

Some iOS 7 users are apparently reporting that Apple's mobile operating system is making them sick, literally. These reports are based on posts in Apple's support forums.

Apple's iPhone and iPad owners have been taking to the company's forums over the past week to complain about iOS 7's new parallax and zoom features. Many of the folks in the forum said that they've experienced motion sickness, vertigo, nausea, and headaches due to the motion on-screen.

"The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache," one forum poster wrote last week. "It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car."

More at CNet

I've been using it for a while, and I haven't experienced any of this. Hmm. Is this real or is it possible that one of Apple's competitors might be playing games by having paid employees pose as Apple users in order to generate bad press for Apple? Stranger things have happened in the cutthroat technology business.

I have no evidence of this, but it all seems a little too pat for me to accept at face value. However, you can check out some of the posts in the Apple support forum for yourself, and then make up your own mind.

It might make sense for Apple to be sure that users on all devices can turn off all animations though, that would probably fix the problem for those who claim to be experiencing discomfort.

The Smartphone Wars: iPhone Versus Android

The Boston Globe has a comparison between Apple and Android in the smartphone wars. The conclusion might shock you as the writer gives the crown to Apple, but still prefers his HTC Android phone.

I still prefer my HTC One. It runs fast as a laser, its screen is much bigger than that of the 5s, and I’m addicted to HTC’s custom-designed screen interface, which displays the latest news headlines and Facebook messages. With help from a few good apps, it can do nearly anything the iPhone 5s can do. Yet the iPhone’s combination of beauty and efficiency is as magical as ever.

The 5s is not my favorite phone, but it is better.

More at Boston Globe

I really admire the author's honesty in his comparison of the iPhone and Android. I've always found it very tough to say which is better, since so much depends on the needs of the user. One person's trash is another person's gold, etc.

Ultimately it really gets down to what system works better for the individual user. For some it's iOS, while for others it's Android. Thank goodness we have choices, and aren't locked into any one vendor.

iOS 7 Downloads Spike Internet Traffic

Speaking of iOS, the LA Times is reporting that the iOS 7 launch caused massive spikes in Internet traffic related to Apple.com.

After iOS 7 became available to download last Wednesday, Internet traffic from Apple.com tripled to more than 13% for the average customers of Sunnyvale-based Blue Coat Systems. The company makes hardware and software that helps companies monitor and optimize their Web traffic.

For one customer, traffic to Apple.com spiked to 32% of Web traffic.

"During that period, iOS 7 downloads accounted for the second largest volume of traffic behind only YouTube videos," Brainard wrote.

That means that in offices and schools across the country, IT managers were struggling to keep their systems working as employees as attempted to download the iOS 7 to their Apple devices.

More at LA Times

Whew! Well, it's not very surprising that iOS 7 caused such massive download usage. I believe a couple of hundred million people have already upgraded to it, so at least the initial burst of download traffic is over. But what happens next year when iOS 8 hits? Ouch!

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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