We recently discussed the large number of motion sickness complaints that Apple has received since its release of iOS 7, and the need for the company to take the PR reigns and step up with a solution. The zoom animations that occur when users switch between applications, along with a dynamic background and 3D impression, or a parallax effect, which makes the icons look as though they are floating above the background, have been making people dizzy, and up until this week, the suggested “fixes” didn’t seem to go far enough in reducing the motion.
On Tuesday, however, Apple released its iOS 7.0.3 update, which, along with several bug fixes and enhancements, offers dizziness-afflicted users a way to more completely solve the problem. Now, the Reduce Motion setting, which previously only reduced the the parallax effect, also reduces the animations. With this feature enabled, unlocking the device, opening apps, and switching between folders uses a much faster cross-fade effect, which is a bit more like what users of iOS 6 were used to.
Even though, when compared with the vast number of people with iPhones and iPads, the subset of users complaining of these issues could be considered relatively small, it was a wise choice for Apple to offer a better solution — it sends the message that each of its users is valued, and that the company wants its software to be as enjoyable and functional as possible.
Here’s a short video of what your operating system will look like once the improved Reduce Motion option has been enabled (which you can do by going to “Settings,” then “General” and then “Accessibility” and clicking on “Reduce Motion”).