It goes to show, gestures, while faster, do have a learning curve (the same problem plaguing Windows 8). Especially when the UI doesn't give any hints.
I find this particular feature change nicely illustrates my views on iOS 7. It provides an upgrade in usability once you're used to it, but a downgrade in the obviousness of its predecessors. iOS is no longer the OS you can hand your (never touched a computer before) grandma and trust she'll be able to figure it all out on her own.
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