iOS is causing motion sickness
October 1 , 2013
Many people with vestibular disorders cannot handle the new iOS 7 operating system with its floating icons and the new slide and zoom animations.
The disorders affect balance and vision; an app developer who said he suffers from headaches and other symptoms said he closes his eyes or covers the screen during these transitions. "Tap an app and it's like flying through the icon and landing in that app's micro world- and I'm getting dizzy on the journey there."
A spokesperson for the Vestibular Disorders Association reported other symptoms that are associated with an exposure of this kind- "intense nausea, dizziness and vertigo."
One developer who suffers from motion sickness said he has already developed an app that disables such features.
Tech writer Kirk McElheam said Apple needs to be a little sensitive to those with such issues. "Their apparent disregard is disturbing, and shows a trend toward paying lip service to accessibility, but not thinking it through."