That green they chose for some of the app icons is a tad suspect. Ives is a designer, right?
aside from that pretty 'meh!' so far. Good to see they added the control centre as a swipe from the bottom so now both ends of my ipad have useless (to me) features I can't turn off that materialise on screen when not wanted because, god forbid, I swipe all across my ipad whilst reading websites or playing with apps.
Oh and folders now only hold 9 icons before you have to swipe to see more despite 50% of the folder and 75% of my ipad screen being dead space whilst a folder is open. Are apple investing in a device to aid with RSI and are trying to drum up advanced sales?
It's things like this that reminded me of FCPX projects tabs design decision. Why? Why make something harder to use and add more actions needed (much more than that example of extra clicks needed in X - a truly annoying part of the software). Can we not just have tabs up of each sequence we want open? And whilst you are it can you put 15 icons back on a single page of an ios7 folder.
Apple are a funny bunch. Obviously designing stuff with self obsessed blinkers on leads to some innovative ideas, but then no one bothers to test them all out properly and so some right nutty ideas slip through the net.
[David Roth Weiss]"Martin, are you aware just how much faster the newer iPhones are?Trust me, I'm not a shill for Apple, but life is too short to wait around for emails and web pages, you need to upgrade that phone. :)"
I know David! Just giving that cute little 5S six months to mature to avoid any early model woes! :-)
Re: Ios7 by Jim Hines on Sep 19, 2013 at 2:01:17 pm
Does Apple build in a "go back" feature in case you don't like the new design? Some operating systems allow you to choose "classic" or some other name to return only the design to what it was prior to changes.
sadly not. there are a couple of nice touches in 7 but the icons look poor and the new calendar layout wastes space as isn't as visually clear or functional. face time audio is nice. favourites on safari blank page is nice but creative cow website no longer fits on a safari page so I can't read it without constant left right swiping. overall it seems the design shift was more for in house self gratification that great great design. still it is a phone and that still works :)
Somethings are very sluggish on my iPad 3. There's still no Calculator or Flashlight app either on the Homescreen or in the Control Center. Podcasts and iBooks are still in their iOS 6 shells. Icon designs are wildly inconsistent in terms of aesthetics. Changing a Wallpaper grinds the machines to a halt. Lot's of slight lag in lots of different places. Notifications are still pretty useless.
I'm surprised at the positive reviews. I don't have an iPhone so am assuming that iOS 7 is a beast on them, because it seems very rough and well, homegrown on my iPad.
The color and design is certainly a fundamental change from where iOS has been since the early days.
Functionally, I find it to work much better. It is now a true glass screen touch OS.
I like the Control Center a lot, as I use those functions frequently. Getting from app to app is much less awkward, I like swiping left/right to move through web pages instead of hitting a forward/back button. The Safari tabs page is a little weird looking but it does function well.
It is not the most cohesive design I have seen Apple put forth, but I do like how it functions, much better than iOS6 and below.
The performance has been great on an iPhone 5 and iPad 2. It is more fluid than iOS6.
The colors and icons will get tweaked over time, but I think they've done a pretty decent job at working on the mechanics of how this OS functions.
[Charlie Austin]"[Jeremy Garchow] "The performance has been great on an iPhone 5 and iPad 2. It is more fluid than iOS6."
FWIW, it's really nice on my 4S as well...
Yeah. It looks good and works well on my 4S, though I think it will look better on a 5S. On my iPad 3(or whatever we are supposed to call it), I think its a little less than meh, but tolerable.
On the iPhone, the stripped-down, more colorful icons are easier to read. They pop nicely. On the retina iPad, they look threadbare, and the spacing feels a little awkward. I'm guessing it will look better on the mini, and on the iPad 2.
Design-wise, I like this on the phone. My iPad loses, here. Put that's okay. My phone is far more important to me.
Swipe up from the bottom. A mini control center will pop up. You won't have a flashlight because you don't have a flash but the calculator should be there. It's the second button on the bottom from the right.
My 2 cents is I really like IOS7. Very clean and functional looking interface. IMHO it is far more readable and aesthetically much more pleasing. The inconsistent icon's are to be expected. I just Googled (http://148apps.biz/app-store-metrics/) the number of active IOS apps and the number stands at around 877,000. Do you seriously think that all of these apps would be modified by the day the new OS was available?
I suspect that Mavricks will have some very similar interface appearance features like IOS7. It will be interesting to see. I'm not a huge Apple Fan-Boy but I also don't think the crazy Apple bashing that is appearing lately is warranted. The transition from Jobs to Cook has not been seamless and I'm sure there are a few more hick-ups on the way. I'm encourage with the new Mac Pro. While I will not be getting one, (it's not a great machine for 3D work) it looks to be a real winner for those who spend all of their time video editing. I'm betting that there will be some nice shinny new things in 2014 but I think it is completely unrealistic to expect that Apple could continue the pace of growth that they have shown in the past 5 years. It's just not sustainable. It does not make them a bad company and certainly does not mean they are going out of business.