I've reached out to Apple, but it remains to be seen if anyone is listening.
I agree that this is all fixable. I'm concerned about the brand damage it will do for them to publicly showcase this design as is, and then to change it. But I am more concerned about what may happen if they do not; I am very convinced that if they don't change these core issues surrounding font clarity and contrast, this is going to ultimately work against them.
Tim made a point today that more revenue and use comes from IOS devices than from any other mobile OS. I suggest that is because, among other things, users find IOS devices more pleasant to use. And as a result, owners of IOS devices use them more - a lot more.
Lots of things contribute to why users of IOS find it more pleasant, and a truism is that most users cannot explain why it is that they like one thing more than another. I believe this is primarily because many of these opinions are at their core emotional responses, and they are formed at a mostly unconscious level - a level mostly revolving around the processing of stimuli. When our sensory systems are pushed harder by something - when we have to expend more attentional resource in order to obtain value from it, or to use it in the pursuit of a goal... then emotionally our experience of it is harmed. It causes a form of fatigue that is experienced, at a core level, as some form of unpleasantness. We in turn use the device less, we like it less, and we gravitate to those things that are less offensive to our unconscious mind. That may sound like garbage, but as a designer and a usability / UX architect, I believe it to be true. People experience things emotionally, and the degree to which something promotes negative feelings very much influences how likely it is for us to continue using that thing. And the kicker is that much of this happens below the surface, to the extent that users cannot fully or even partially explain why they favor one thing over another. But these factors exert a large effect on the user's behavior with respect to a system.
So, while these seem as if they are minor issues, from the perspective of the brand and of the long term viability and saleability of the platform, they are less minor than one might assume.