Following the release of iOS 7 at WWDC 2013 yesterday, a lot of focus has been placed on the redesigned UI that was heavily expected prior to its announcement. However, noone really predicted the scale of the redesign, and it took quite a lot by surprise.
iOS 7 – An Improvement or Step Back?
Inevitably, some loved it, some hated it, but one thing is for sure, it’s got designers around the globe talking about it.
Multitasking, tabs, Control Center, AirDrop, and general interactions are looking fantastic in iOS 7. But wow, the ugly stick.
— Jason Santa Maria (@jasonsantamaria) June 10, 2013
You gotta wonder if they took their phones outside and looked at all that thin-lined icon + transparency stuff in the sunlight.
— Josh Brewer (@jbrewer) June 10, 2013
This comment is especially interesting, since it is something that won’t really be tested until general consumers begin using iOS 7 in a consumer sense, as opposed to a developer using it in a dark office.
iOS 7 has taken a very light colour scheme; did you notice iOS 7 was presented solely on a white iPhone? All previous versions of iOS interestingly had been presented on a black iPhone as it was a very dark scheme. This new iOS 7 lighter scheme with white lines and transparency may struggle in sunlight.
However, some are showing some love for the redesign, appreciating the effort it must have taken the iOS engineering team to pull something like this out of the bag in such a short timescale.
Apple designers and engineers: you should be proud. Herculean task to redesign and re-imagine your entire OS. Respect.
— Cap Watkins (@cap) June 10, 2013
The web is full of debates that are questioning if iOS 7 is infact an improvement over iOS 6. Whilst it is important to bear in mind that iOS 7 is only in Beta 1 at the moment, do you think the upgrade is an improvement or a step backwards? Let us know in the comments below.