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Things I Said: Quitting Candy Crush at Level 200 and Updating to iOS7

I said I would quit Candy Crush when I got to level 200.  That level was chosen because it was a nice round number, a fat number.  I felt as if Level 200 would say, “I got bored of this game; it didn’t get me.”  And I felt as if I had to quit because… you know… that thing called attention that I’m not paying when I’m playing out my 5 lives each night.

And then I got to level 200 and beat level 200.

And then I started to feel that gnawing emptiness that comes when you’re not quite ready to part with something, but you have to say goodbye anyway.  The end of a really good night out with friends.  Those last minutes before you have to leave for work.  The kiss at the end of a visit and then the drive backwards down the driveway where you can still see the person.


I yelled at myself once I crossed over to level 201, messing up my exit on a gorgeous, round number.  Now I’m stuck until level 225.  Or at least 250.  Maaaaaybe 300.


On the other hand, I thought I would update to iOS7 the second it became available.  Not for myself but because the Wolvog can’t stop talking about it.  He could barely wait until the release date; expecting him to wait beyond the release date was asking too much.  He had already crooned about all of Jony Ive’s contributions while he followed me around the kitchen, insisting that his involvement meant it would be beautiful and functional.  He repeated the operating system like a mantra, “iOS7iOS7iOS7iOS7.”

I was going to download it while he was in school, but then I started seeing updates from people who upgraded and didn’t like it.  At all.  And I am such a creature of habit, so loyal to keeping things exactly the same.  A case in point: I spent the afternoon mending a jacket that is 17 years old rather than buy a new jacket.  I like this jacket.  I am familiar with this jacket.  So, if I am the type of person who keeps a jacket for 17 years, you can probably deduce that I am also the sort of person who likes her phone interface to look similar from update to update.

The Wolvog was beyond disappointed when I told him that we wouldn’t be upgrading on the first day.  Crushed.  Continuously repeating his iOS7 mantra until we banned the word from our house for the time being.  He got around it by calling it “the upgrade” or “you-kn0w-what.”

“I’m going to post about iOS7 and ask for people’s opinions,” I promised the Wolvog at bedtime.

“How come you can say it?  How come you can say you-know-what?”

“Uh… because I’m an adult?  Good night!”

So I’m asking you about it if you upgraded.  What do you think of iOS7?


1 jodifur { 09.19.13 at 8:03 am }

I upgraded late last night so haven’t really played around with it. It’s fine, and pretty, and honestly, I don’t have strong feelings either way. The thing I noticed right away is there is no longer a double tap to get the apps to wiggle so I’m not really sure how to close apps. I had to change my wallpaper right away because everything was so bright. But really, I don’t hate it, and I hate change. It doesn’t feel like that much of a change to me. It did take forever.

I’m stuck on 265.

2 Kate { 09.19.13 at 8:21 am }

I thought I would like this update, but I really don’t. Everything is flat and boring now. I’m kind of disappointed.
(To close apps, double tap home, then swipe the app up and off the screen)

3 Tara Dawes { 09.19.13 at 8:33 am }

I find iOS 7 a bit boring looking honestly. I imagine I will eventually get used to it but it does seem flat and the icons are gigantic (and I can’t find a way to make them smaller). Swipe gestures on some stuff also doesn’t seem as intuitive as it was. The only things I actually like are that you can put more stuff in folders (goodbye my second games folder) and I like the way the mailbox looks/functions.

4 Mary { 09.19.13 at 8:46 am }

I like it. It’s very VERY white. Which for me is a good thing, but my husband can’t stand it. He misses the darker metallic feel of the previous iterations. One thing I’m not crazy about is how difficult the control center is to pull up. Hoping they’ll change that in ios7.0.1. This seems like a good opportunity to talk about the word “decision.” It literally means “to cut off.” As in, you will be cutting off and foreve discarding something you love, in favor of something else. Like so many of the infertile community have to give up so many things we love to afford treatment. Or like collecting all of the state quarters, and then cashing them in for something you want. Sure, you might love the new thing so much more, but it might also be disappointing, so it’s good to do research. I also think it’s a great opportunity for a lesson in informed consumerism. Has he read the unbiased reviews and some of the complaints of the iOS?

Sorry this wanders around so much. I have another issue with the new iOS. I can’t see the word I’m typing as I’m typing it if I type at my normal rate of speed. A plus is that the autocorrect feature seems greatly improved.

5 Mali { 09.19.13 at 9:13 am }

My husband upgraded last night, and he doesn’t like it. “Why do they keep having to change things?” he asked plaintively. I’m holding off, cos a) I don’t like the childish look of the icons, and b) I can’t be bothered learning to use something new right now. I’ll upgrade I’m sure. Soon. Eventually. Maybe when I absolutely have to.

6 Kasey { 09.19.13 at 9:27 am }

I haven’t updated yet either. I like things just the way they are lol.

7 Ana { 09.19.13 at 9:44 am }

I haven’t upgraded yet, in fact, I forgot about it until this post. My husband has been talking about it for WEEKS (he is a fan-boy extraordinaire) so I’m shocked that he hasn’t done it yet and told me all about it (but we’ve been sick this week, so maybe his brain is a bit addled). Now I’m thinking of holding off indefinitely. I held off from the last upgrade for AGES because of the whole maps nonsense, but then my phone broke and I had to get a new one and I couldn’t DOWNGRADE the operating system (or maybe you can, I know nothing).

8 April { 09.19.13 at 10:16 am }

I upgraded, spent a few minutes doing research, and I like it. I’m not fond of change and wasn’t sure I’d like it. So far it isn’t bad. It is very different, but is fairly easy to use. As for closing apps, double tap and then swipe the screen up. That closes them.

9 Fly { 09.19.13 at 11:04 am }

I upgraded and like it. As always, it can be challenging to learn the new way of doing things but it becomes second nature pretty quickly. I have only an 8GB phone though and it needed 3.1 GB of space to download and install. If you have an 8GB, clean up your photos and what not first.

10 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.19.13 at 3:59 pm }

iO what?

11 Mic { 09.19.13 at 4:32 pm }

Not a fan of the update – I don’t like the bubble-like appearance and equally dislike the way my emails now are corralled.
It also took 45 minutes to download and update.

12 Catwoman73 { 09.19.13 at 4:38 pm }

I haven’t upgraded yet. Technology scares me a little, and I’m very uncomfortable with change. Even good change. I probably won’t do it until my husband talks me into it- that’s the way it typically works. He’s my guinea pig.

13 Persnickety { 09.19.13 at 5:43 pm }

My phone is a work one, so I asked at work earlier this week if anyone was planning to upgrade. Upgrade what? Several people have been burned ( not backing up, not realizing that maps was changing and the non brand charging cable didn’t back up photos ). The last one is the worst, because she DID everything right.
I was ambivalent. Then I went to the hospital for the day, and left my phone at home. My husband upgraded for me. In all fairness, he thinks that he is doing a good thing for me by saving me from having to do the work. But the colors! I prefer mellower colours, not candy colour.

Bright side- my iPad is a 1, so no upgrade there! ( also work supplied)

14 Samantha S { 09.19.13 at 6:09 pm }

I actually like it quite a bit. I did download it through my computer because of how long it was taking, but aside from that, it’s pretty easy to work with.

15 Erika { 09.19.13 at 9:15 pm }

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! The new apple radio, control center from the lock screen, FaceTime icon, and SIMPLICITY. Everything is less steps with iOS 7. I could go on, but I won’t bore you anymore.

16 Sarah { 09.19.13 at 9:59 pm }

I haven’t upgraded yet. I have a 4 so it’s really slow and not tolerating the new iOS. I new I wanted the new one when it came out. Then I had to decided between the 5c and 5s. I decided to go with the big guns and get the 5S, but now have to wait a couple of weeks. I don’t have it in me to stand in line tomorrow, and I’ve heard the 5c’s are already sold out. Maybe I’ll order my 5S online tomorrow and get it whenever it shows. The good news is my iPad is 1st generation so it won’t upgrade. 🙂

17 shelli { 09.19.13 at 10:08 pm }

I upgraded my iphone and iPad this morning. Four devices in the family left to go. I like it. Love the changes to the camera and photo sorting. AirDrop is cool feature too. Sort of reminds me of my old Android phone. Lol. Funny how Apple simplifies and it’s supposedly new but not really because it’s already been done.

Eh, I like it anyway. It suits my taste.

18 Kari { 09.19.13 at 11:47 pm }

I love it! I don’t know why, but I do. I guess I just got used to the old way and I wanted a change up. So I am happy with it.

19 Battynurse { 09.20.13 at 12:42 pm }

Looks wise it’s fine although I have to do double takes sometimes as the icons don’t look the same for some things like pictures. Other than that I haven’t done much with it although yesterday my concentration game wasn’t working which was annoying.

20 Laurel (Dawn Storey) { 09.22.13 at 2:35 pm }

I’m late to the party and you’ve probably already run the update, but… I love iOS 7! It’s pretty and slick and fancy and has a couple of neat little features that make me happy. Thumbs up from me.

21 Valerie { 10.01.13 at 2:59 pm }

I upgraded my iPhone 5 to the IOS7. WHAT A MISTAKE!!!!! Never used Siri with the ISO 6. Tried.. but never worked well. this is probably not surprising to most.. I *used* talk to text before, but now it is so bad. I used to say *period* at the end of a sentence, and it would put a *.*. Now it spells out period. UGH.

Worst of all is that I can no longer connect to Facebook in Candy Crush. How am I supposed to get more lives/see where my friends are.

My recommendation… NO NOT UPGRADE TO THE IOS7. It is NOT worth it. Even the new design is not friendly looking.. very sterol.

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