A number of active discussions are taking place on Apple’s own support forums, with customers asking how do I uninstall iOS 7. It’s not uncommon for new releases of any software to elicit similar responses. iOS 6 had its share of threads asking to downgrade versions. That in mind, there seems to be a larger contingent of discontent this time around, due to the massive overhaul of the user interface. There are also more people upgrading, which would add to the greater number of threads. Over 200 million makes iOS 7 the fasted adopted version of iOS in history. One thread now has 602 replies, a seemingly large number considering the answer was given in the third post. The unfortunate answer for many is, there is no way to downgrade from iOS 7. Apple has stopped signing versions 6.1.3 and 6.1.4, effectively killing any chance of downgrading.
What exactly are the reasons being given for wanting to jump back to iOS 6?
- Slow performance
- Poor battery life
- iOS 7 is ugly
- iOS now looks like Android
The forum thread has denigrated into customers threatening to leave the iPhone. Some have suggested that Apple is being anti-consumer by preventing any path to downgrade. One customer actually compared Apple to RIM, suggesting that perhaps this move could spell their downfall. I usually stick around our forums, but there is some humorous stuff happening over there, when they aren’t deleting threads.
I get that some people are less than enthused with iOS 7. Outside of the tech bubble, I’ve had friends tell me they “hate iOS 7”. When I first upgraded back in June, there was a bit of shock and awe. I was in the first round of beta testing, so I had to contend with instability issues. Over time, it’s gotten incredibly stable. I have seen some apps crash in the final iOS 7 build, but in most cases, developers are likely pushing out updates. Our app also fell victim to random crashes, but we fixed it in a matter of days. Apple is certainly doing their part to speed up the process of reviews. For the past three years, our app would take a week minimum from being submitted to getting approved. This time around, it was approved in little over 24 hours. That’s wicked fast.
If you have an iPhone 4 and updated, your issues of slow performance are certainly warranted. I’m far from an Apple apologist, but look at it from their perspective. They do go out of their way to ensure compatibility with older devices. If the iPhone 4 was left out of the iOS 7 upgrade, there would be a huge uproar. I understand that’s not going to make your phone any faster, but it’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation for Apple. However, it makes zero sense to stop signing iOS 6.1.3 and iOS 6.1.4. Are we still fighting jailbreaking at the cost of people not being able to downgrade for performance issues?
Poor battery life seems like it’s a yearly issue and happens with each successive iOS update. This year is no different. We’ve put in place the ultimate guide to improving battery life on iOS 7. These are some quick changes you can make today that improve your battery life. Apple already has an update being tested, so we should see fixes in the coming weeks.
iOS 7 isn’t perfect and there is pain with any major upgrade. Some of the criticism is warranted, but most of it is fixable. If you happen to own an older iPhone 4, it might be a good time to check your contract. You could be eligible for an upgrade. Apple’s two new iPhones are both significant upgrades and if you can grab an iPhone 5 for $99, that’s an incredible deal. You could say screw Apple and go pick up a Samsung with your upgrade, but that’s not going to solve the problem. Instead, it’ll just bring a whole new set of problems and frustrations. Android is a very good OS, but it’s not iOS. Time and time again, I’ve seen people go that route, only to come back to iOS. Performance, battery life and crashing are all going to be improved with each incremental update. If you take issue with the brightly color icons or the overly ample amount of white space, I’d encourage you to check out our comprehensive iOS 7 review and guide, which we cover many of the great new features. And remember, that software changes and Apple regularly solicits feedback. If you don’t like the changes, let them know. Also, our iOS 7 forums are a great place to find help.