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iOS 7 motion sickness: Users’ solutions, Apple respond?

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iOS 7 motion sickness: Users’ solutions, Apple respond?

Apple said that iOS 7 uses ‘cinematic animations’ as well as ‘new approaches to animations and motions to make even the simplest tasks more engaging’.




However, some users are complaining the new iOS has made it more difficult for them. They are not pleased with the motion sickness, which comes from zooming and parallax effects. There is only limited control to reduce it in Settings, and users want a more proactive action from the company as it is causing problems like vertigo, illness, nausea etc.

One of the threads read:
“The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache, and it’s exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car”.
Another thread says
“I had severe vertigo the minute I started using my iPad with iOS 7. Lost the rest of the day to it.”
One user also said he called Apple support, only to find out there is no way to completely turn off the motion effects. Some users even got fed up and downloaded to iOS 6.

While users can reduce Motion in iOS 7 by:

Settings – General – Accessibility – Reduce Motion


There is still to eliminate zooming when apps are launched and interface transactions that take place through the task switcher.

This problem is pretty real for folks with conditions, and Apple has to do something about it. The company did solve such issues before by adding Accessibility Settings for hearing and vision impaired as well as support for motor and physical decides. This gives a hint that Apple may do something about motion sickness.


Motion reduction should eliminate the zoom effects and bring in crossfades, which would be much better. There should be more options in apps and privacy Settings for the purpose.

Perhaps the company can make toggles that allow users to disable animations and zooming in certain apps and the home screen.

However, bringing the changes may lead to difficulty for third party apps, which don’t adapt to Accessibility enhancements most of the time. This may lead to update of App Store policies – maybe.

How do you think Apple should deal with the issue?
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