I’ve spent around a week playing with Apple’s preview version of iOS 7 in its current beta form and in that time I’ve had plenty of time to peruse Apple’s vision for the future of iOS. It goes without saying that passing judgement at this stage would be a very silly thing to do – after all, the OS is still half-baked and there are months of development to go. Why, then, did so many people form negative opinions of the refresh, Jony Ive’s homework and Apple’s current state of affairs within hours of the company’s WWDC 2013 announcement?
The iPhone is often targeted for its lack of features and functionality. When the bullet points are laid out side-by-side Android appears to have a hoard of extras that Apple’s device can’t match. I don’t buy this arguement, however, because it assumes all features are equally important and executed with equal grace. Not all functionality is equally important, and while Android offers many slight tweaks, the iPhone excels where excellence matters.
The web is awash with talk of Apple’s new mobile operating system in the wake of WWDC 2013. As with all new iterations of iOS, Apple developers get access before the rest of us who will have to wait till “fall” for the official build. While having your own developer account is one way to secure early access to the iOS 7 beta, it’s not the only way of doing so. There are a couple of other things you can try, so if you lack patience and absolutely need to get your mitts on iOS 7 – read on.
Ubuntu is developing on a touch-focused interface for smartphones and tablets, with plans to ship Ubuntu smartphones in 2014. If you’re interested in trying it right now, there’s good news: You can install the preview release of Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus device (the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10). Be aware though that this is an early version of Ubuntu Touch. It’s been called beta, but it’s actually alpha.