The release of the new iOS 7 software from Apple inspired conversations across the university.
Titus Vesel, senior information systems major from Abilene, said, “iOS 7 has drastically changed the way Apple mobile users live their days.”
Dr. Scott Hamm, instructional designer, said that he feels the biggest change with the new update is the improved accessibility.
“With a good portion of Apple’s market being those 35 and older, larger icons make it much easier to us,” Hamm said.
Vesel said the attention to detail is remarkable. The convenience of the new control center and ease of changing the brightness of the screen are all much-needed improvements, he said.
“A quick swipe up and you have direct access to many features that were almost annoying before to get to and I am now able to delete my flashlight app,” Vesel said.
Matt Vela, senior math education major from Arlington, said Apple did a great job not leaving any stones unturned in the making of the new update.
“iOS 7 adds things that you didn’t realize you were missing from previous renditions but that you now realize you fully need,” Vela said. “There is still a bit of lag, I’ve found, in the update, but that is expected with any new product.”
Vesel said he was reassured by the added security measures.
“You are now required to type in your password to deactivate iCould,” Vesel said. “This will, in time, minimize phones being stolen because they are permanently locked to their Apple ID and thieves will deem them useless.”
The update is said to change the way mobile devices are used on a daily basis. The efficiency of iOS 7 will be one of the biggest contributions this update will bring to everyone on campus, Hamm said.
“The more natural we become with the device, the more natural it will seem to use them for learning purposes,” Hamm said.
However, Hamm said he didn’t feel that the new update will have an effect in the classroom, other than its ability to make everything easier.
“Whether it’s iOS 7 or iOS 29, in the end, technology is a tool, a tool to be able to teach effectively,” Hamm said.