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September 25th 2013 5:07 pm

Are the iOS 7 animations causing motion sickness?

The Verge ran across an Apple support thread about a number of users complaining of headaches and nausea from the increase in animations for iOS 7. A number of users are chiming in to say they too are having issues from the new animations. The single biggest request is the ability to turn them off, or potentially speed them up.

I have to agree that the animations are a bit long in the tooth and they can be a bit excessive with the zoom-in and zoom-out affect.

If you upgraded to iOS 7 have you been having any issues with iOS 7 related to the animations?

Verge: www.theverge.com­/2013­/9­/25­/4770818­/ios­-7­-zooming­-a...
Apple Support: https:­/­/discussions.apple.com­/thread­/5322295­?start...

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A couple weeks into using iOS 7 I've found that the best way to limit the motion sickness is to close my eyes when launching and leaving an app. It means my iOS devices are usable, but not ideal.
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Nope. Is this possibly a correlation between people using their phone more and more? Obviously that's hard to prove, but staring at anything for a long enough time is bad.
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I doubt that is it. A person's usage patterns rarely change overnight just because of a newer version of an OS. I find people continue doing the same things over and over with their phones once they settle into a usage pattern, with only minor deviations. The people I have seen complaining about this are people who are veteran smartphone users who aren't likely to be distracted from the normal workflow by shiny things, so, if they say something in the OS is causing this, I am inclined to believe them.

Some people are way more sensitive to certain types of visual stimuli than others. My wife can't even be in the living room when I play Mario Kart with the kids or she will instantly get so motion sick that she feels dizzy. This phenomena is real, and, having see the iOS 7 motions firsthand, I believe it could be causing motion sickness in sensitive people. It even bothers me a little and I don't normally get motion sick aside from amusement park rides.
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Man, it is taking a sheer act of will not to jump into this thread with snarky comments. To quote The Tick, "I must resist my every urge! "
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When I set the wallpaper to the new "5C" dots-esque ones, the parallax effect combined with these was a little offputting. I am referring to the bottom 6 here

This was solved by switching to the one in the top left, which I really like
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Yep! (I submitted this tip to The Verge)

I had a strong headache, almost a migraine, the morning after upgrading to iOS7 on my iPhone and iPad, and stomach discomfort. After about a week of this and not knowing why it was happening I started doing some reading up on the subject. It's not good.

I've turned off the "reduce motion" control, but it's not enough. I think it's the zooming into and out of folders and apps where I'm having the problem. If I could go back to iOS 6 I would until they fix the problem.

Motion sickness or vertigo hasn't been a major problem in my life, but I can't read in a moving car or train and have gotten seasick before.
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I have no issues with motion sickness in a moving vehicle but I feel slight dizziness when I hit the home button on my iPad 3.
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