iOS7 Making You Dizzy? Here’s Why–And a Fix

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The Geniuses at Apple certainly anticipated complaints about the way iOS 7 looks and how it works, but they probably never anticipated this: some iPhone and iPad users are getting motion sickness and vertigo from the new operating system.

The complaints are coming in from several Apple product forums, including the company’s official support thread. iOS 7 zooms in and out when users switch between applications and those animations may be too much for some. “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,” writes one user.

Why? When signals coming into the brain and the central nervous system don’t match up, such as when you’re on a ship being tossed around by waves but you don’t see the change in motion because you’re focused on stable objects that aren’t moving, you can get dizzy and nauseous. “Your brain receives messages that do not match with each other. This leads to mixed messages to the brain related to your sensation of orientation and rotational axis, and you could suffer a sense of nausea, dizziness, sense of spinning or headaches,”  Dr. Robert Glatter said to Forbes.

That’s exactly what’s happening to some iPhone but in reverse — they are physically stable but their eyes sense movement in the animations that doesn’t correspond to what their bodies are feeling.

Thankfully, you don’t have to regret saying yes to the upgrade. You can make your phone less jittery by going to “Settings,” then “General” and then “Accessibility.” Click on “Reduce Motion” to turn it on. This should cut back on some of the movements that are can trigger nausea and dizziness.

58 comments
TimBad69
TimBad69

I have suffered from this issue and it's also triggering migraines. The "fix" isn't available on the iPhone 4, so I've had to revert to using an old HTC Android device - I hope my carrier will provide a replacement device from a different supplier on the health-risk grounds.

DaveFrancis1
DaveFrancis1

This new iOS 7 is all about apples future. You will all get so pissed off with it that you will go out and buy iPhone 6. the old format was 10 times better.its a con

begladicarry
begladicarry

I've never of anything more ridiculous. People are getting so incredibly weak in mind and body that it takes nothing to do them in. I'm laughing at all this whining.

TranNguyen
TranNguyen

Another thing, all apps were designed very different, light icons it takes more time your vision to recognize them. I did disappointed new Ical same as Google calendar too.

pauljlittlewood
pauljlittlewood

Link bait article. The described "fix" only turns the wallpaper parallax effect off.

Steve_Cologne
Steve_Cologne

WHAT REALLY ANNOYS ME WITH iOS7

Fact is, far more than 90 percent of the current owners of iOS devices have chosen and bought their products with iOS-versions BELOW 7. All these versions were quite similar in usability and design.

These users have chosen and bought their devices BECAUSE of the approved and well known iPhone look and feel BELOW Version 7.

Up to now, these users are used to frequent improvements to the iOS which formerly extended the functionality, usability and the security of iOS. These users did not at any time expect any major changes in design nor in usability.

But what did Apple do now?

If users do not like the new design - and users have the right to choose because they paid a lot of money for the devices -  these users are cut off from all future improvements and from all future security updates.

So, for me it's like a kick in the ass of the customers who made Apple what it is now: The nearly biggest player in the Mobile Phone Market.

Please, please, you all in the Board of Directors at Apple: Think about it! Take care of your customers! 


kcuhc
kcuhc

but what do i do about the constant diarrhea?

jcates99
jcates99

That accessibility option only turns off parallax motion (the slight movement of a background as the orientation of the phone changes). It doesn't have any impact on any of the triggers described in this article as possibly causing motion sickness. 

The5Frost
The5Frost

My daughter whom is 21 has been complaining for almost 2 weeks or being dizzy, nauseated and just plain feeling like crap.  She started getting really worried when she started having panic/anxiety attacks which landed her in the ER.  (she had never suffered from them before)  She went to her regular doctor whom thought it was sinus pressure or maybe ears, put her on antibiotics but it never got better.  She saw a post today on FB about this exact problem.  She turned her phone off and didnt use it almost all day and the symptoms subsided.  What sucks is the FIX doesn't work and she can't delete IOS7 because it is past the deletion time line.  She had to file a complaint with Apple.

thedoctorisin
thedoctorisin

I WAS going to get a new iphone 5s to replace a stolen phone. But now I am going to rethink that. I too suffer nausea from things. ( I almost hrew up during Avatar 3-d)


IF Apple cannot make software that does not make me nauseated, then for the first time since 1989, I will turn away from this company. And that is sad, because I have always appreciated their comment to their customers


But if Jonathan Ive's beloved belief that appearance is superior to comfort/ ease of use, or consumer preference, he is mistaken. I fear it will take a class action lawsuit to fix this. Apple's silence on this issue is curious and surprising

tanya
tanya

I'm housebound with severe ME and so the internet is a lifeline for me in terms of contact with the outside world. Ever since I installed iOs7 on my ipad I have been feeling motion sick, like I am on a boat. It is hard to walk in a straight line. It is particularly bad when I stand up and try to walk. 

This is more than just an umcomfortable feeling - this is making me ill. I have done the adjustments suggested - the reduce motion settings etc but it does not make a difference. Apple have failed many disabled and already-sick people, and I hope that they are going to fix this. I am disappointed by the attitude of some people in various comments, saying that sick and disabled people should stop complaining about iOs 7 because it doesn't affect the majority. Apparently it is very difficult to uninstall iOs7 and it is a shame to exclude so many people from the new software. This is 'cool animation' versus 'making sick people sicker'. Apple need to do the right thing here. 

JessePinkman
JessePinkman

The iPhone sheeple have those weird square pupils too, I bet that doesn't help matters any.

HubertSatheesh
HubertSatheesh

 "...that are can trigger nausea and dizziness"...ohh this writing is making me dizzy with nausea!! Never thought this would happen in TIME!! 

PTWong
PTWong

I like iOS7, both in term of form and function. It is a good improvement. 

I am not a die hard i-product-lover, I also like the WM, BB and Android (but only Nexus, not the crap SS)

There is no such "Perfect OS" existing, every OS has its own strength and weakness. 

I am dizzy with those so call "experts" make a living by criticize everything around them. 

I will bet they can't make a thing in their whole life close to what they are criticizing.


glencmac
glencmac

I'm living on my phone now because iOS7 has really made it a lively interactive tool.  I'm not seeing the problems.

BillJohnson
BillJohnson

"that are can trigger nausea and dizziness"  Brilliant writing!

bubbabooey
bubbabooey

i feel nauseous too...so when are we suing?

The_Professor
The_Professor

 @stonecutter0602 I am a former Blackberry user who has used an Iphone 5 with IOS 6 for over a year and now has upgraded to IOS 7.  This operating system is fantastic.  It is smooth.  I have never had a screen lock.  The zooming movement on the screen have never made me dizzy, and I actually like the dynamicity of it.  The new graphics are truly elegant, and the shortcuts to the light app, the music app, the screen dimmer app as well the new global search feature make life so much simpler.  I love the way that holding the home key on my Iphone allows me to take multiple photos of the same scene with different light settings. Just last week, I was taking pictures of wild horses in a Western state at sunset, and thought that for sure these photos were going to be too dark.  The multiple photos feature in IOS 7 adjusted for the low light in my photos, and i was totally delighted.  

This is the best version of IOS released to date.  Thank you Apple.  I will never go back to the near defunct blackberry.  Apple makes the most user friendly yet sophisticated smartphones in the business. Thank you.

BillMontei
BillMontei

I disliked iOs7 when I first installed it.  But now after a couple of weeks, I would not go back to the previous OS.  Great features, fast, slick and clean.

stonecutter0602
stonecutter0602

IOS7 is a stone mess, and that's using polite language. Today, for no apparent reason, after I downloaded the software 2 days ago, my screen started going haywire right in front of me, zooming in so much that the clock icon took up the whole screen!  Nothing worked correctly, and for 20 minutes I couldn't get the phone to properly switch apps or return to the home screen.  It went completely crazy, but then all of a sudden, just when I thought I'd have to get in my car and drive to the ATT store, it returned to "normal".  How long it remains that way remains to be seen, but so far, so good.  Plus the new graphics suck, the screen transitions are not nearly as smooth as they were before, and I'm very sorry I downloaded this new software.  Apple has gone rotten.

squint
squint

ROTF LMBO - This new fellow can't even do an Andriod skin properly. This is so sad. Back to Classic, boyz. Quick. Before the lawsuits start rolling in. LoL

DonBartenstein
DonBartenstein

Here's an idea.....   If you're using your phone to the extent that you are getting motion sickness put the damn thing down for a while.  You'll get the added bonus of increased battery life too....

BryanGlynn
BryanGlynn

This article is wrong.  Reduce Motion has nothing to do with the zoom effects or other OS animations.  It ONLY turns off the slight 3D effect of the wallpaper.  There is no way to disable the new Windows Phone-like zoom effects unfortunately.

BjjAvYGvPJAY8OBylWQLCw
BjjAvYGvPJAY8OBylWQLCw

The whinger brigade is preparing for a senseless "emotional and mental distress" lawsuit, that's all.

MelStricker
MelStricker

This is beyond absurd.  My wife gets motion sick if she see water in a glass moving and yet she has no problem with the IOS 7 motion that people seem to be complaining about.  Why is that?  Maybe it is not really a problem but a bandwagon thing.  Someone says people could get motion sick from the IOS 7 UI and all of a sudden people start feeling motion sick.  I think the problem exists more in people's heads than on any phone.

brenro12
brenro12

I thought dizziness and the average iTard went hand in hand?

thedoctorisin
thedoctorisin

@The_Professor @stonecutter0602  The problem is there is a real and significant portion of the population who are more prone to this than others. To deny that seems silly. 


IF IOS6 was offered on a new iphone, I would buy one with it. Unfortunately it is not.

BillMontei
BillMontei

@stonecutter0602 If you have a 4 or 4s, then it is FUBAR.  The old chip can't run it well.  The 5 runs it better, but it is nice on the 5S... Good luck!

JamesD1
JamesD1

@Pauper agreed I mean look at those who voted the Republican Clowns into office 

:D 

russfr
russfr

@peter_yogi  @peter_yogi There is NOT a mandatory data plan for smartphones. Only if you get "subsidized pricing." They make that $450 back through data plans. Just buy the phone outright and you can do whatever plan you want.

No petition needed. Geez.

MrsZ
MrsZ

@MelStricker Maybe it is a problem and you are making a gross generalization?

boguem
boguem

@MelStricker Everyone reacts to sensations differently.  Just because your wife isn't affected doesn't mean it's not a real issue to others.

JasonAllen
JasonAllen

@MelStricker I doubt your wife is the benchmark to use to determine whether people's complaints are valid or not.

squint
squint

@brenro12 Now, now. Be nice. Keep in mind the average iUser has never had to produce much of anything besides pretty pictures and photos of their junk (for eBay, of course). One must be patient and see if they work up to anything useful as they grow up.

BillJohnson
BillJohnson

@goblue562 @BillJohnson  Thanks, I am humbled by your comment.  I write for a school newspaper. Perhaps I will be able to write for "Time", someday.  Alexandra Sifferlin is a writer and producer for TIME Healthland. She is a graduate from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

david_skelly
david_skelly

@russfr @peter_yogi That's not quite true. You can buy an unlocked phone and then use whatever plan you want. However, if you do use any data (even if you are not on a data plan), AT&T will detect your smart phone and then put you on a mandatory data plan. Yes - if you use a smart phone - AT&T will require that you have a data plan, even if you don't want or use data.

Orlandus
Orlandus

@CthulhuShrugged @BillJohnson @goblue562 Acutally, journalistic style (e.g. writing for a newspaper) doesn't normally use italic type. It's a tradition that stated back in the Linotype era (if not before) in the interest of getting the type set as quickly as possible. Bill is correctly using the style he learned for his school newspaper: quotes around titles of books, magazines, and scholarly journals.

CthulhuShrugged
CthulhuShrugged

@BillJohnson @goblue562 Note: When citing or referencing a repeating publication such as Time, you should italicize or (though now more or less defunct due to hyperlinking protocols) underline the name.  "Quotation marks" are reserved (when not directly quoting, of course) for articles with a given publication, such as, "iOS7 Making You Dizzy? Here’s Why–And a Fix".