Apple device users blame iOS 7 for causing motion sickness


Consumers are blaming new zooming features and animations introduced in Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) overhauled iOS 7 for triggering severe cases of motion sickness.

"The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache," Apple forum user Ensorceled writes. "It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car." Other forum users corroborated the experience, citing cases of illness, eye pain and dizziness: "I thought I was going crazy today after I updated my phone and I noticed I was feeling queasy every time I used it… I just used my phone for about 20 minutes and now I feel like I'm going to vomit," one writes, while another adds "I can't believe someone when testing iOS 7 didn't say, 'Hey, this animation makes me nauseous.'"

While the iOS 7 Settings tab does include a Reduce Motion option, The Verge notes that the feature primarily serves to remove the homescreen's shifting parallax effect and does not impact animations viewed when opening and closing apps or entering the multitasking menu. Some Apple forum users said they've contacted Apple customer support only to be told there is no way to disable the animations; others said they've chosen to downgrade their device to iOS 6.

Apple has not responded to requests for comment.

Apple rolled out iOS 7 to consumers last week. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called the revamped operating system "the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone," highlighting the elimination of skeuomorphism, the longstanding iOS design aesthetic that leverages real-world images and metaphors like linen-textured backgrounds, wooden bookshelves and spiral-bound notebooks. iOS 7 also heralds the launch of multitasking for all apps, AirDrop wireless file sharing and the iTunes Radio streaming music service.

As of this weekend, 44 percent of Apple device owners across the PlayHaven mobile gaming platform have adopted iOS 7, PlayHaven said in a blog post Wednesday. U.S. gamers are slightly ahead of the global average, climbing to 49 percent iOS 7 adoption by Sept. 22.

For more:
- read this Verge article

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