Apple’s iOS operating system has been accused of many things. It’s too closed, say some. The Maps app is still unfathomably shonky, say others. They might be right too.
But the grousing/whining (delete as applicable, depending on which side of the fanboi fence you sit) has hit a new pitch today, amid claims that the recently launched iOS 7 version of the software is giving iPhone owners motion sickness.
According to reports, the whizzy animations that iOS 7 features when opening and closing apps, as well as ever-so-slight parallax effect when tilting the handset, are inducing nausea.
Don't believe it? Fair enough. It does rather stretch credulity. But there’s certainly no shortage of online testimonies to the problem in Apple’s official forums.
One post states: "The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache.
"It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car."
With one discussion on the Apple site running to 14 pages, that sentiment has been echoed by a raft of other users.
Among them is Ajax 234. Although he’s named after a Greek hero, he’s nothing like as hardy. He found that using iOS 7 on his handset made him sick “after using it for two minutes”.
Having updated my 4S to iOS 7 on the day of release, I can say that I’ve not experienced nausea as a result of using it. And I’ve yet to encounter anyone in the flesh who has been affected. But for all my jocularity about the matter, perhaps i've just been lucky or am especially resistant to motion sickness?
If you have been affected, the bad news is that it seems there’s no way to turn off the animations. There’s also no means to downgrade to the iOS 6 version of the operating system.
Apple has yet to acknowledge the reports. But as soon as it does, we'll let you know the word from Cupertino.