Originally Posted by Rogifan It definitely wasn't change for the sake of change
I think that form-wise, Jon Ive naturally wanted to put his own visual stamp on iOS, in place of what previous Apple bosses had done.
Function-wise, a lot of additions seem geared towards attracting (and keeping) more users, by finally including a lot of features that people like in other mobile systems.... features that could've been done years ago, but which had powerful people against them; people who are now gone.
So I think a lot of it was change because they finally could.
or make everything flat because that's the current design trend.
On the contrary, of course current design trends had a lot to do with it. And in another five or six years, the UI will get changed again, when the flat translucent look gets old and tired. It's the way the world works.
It actually wasn't a lot of visual change. Translucent and white, instead of charcoal linen and pinstripes. Flatter icons. Lighter fonts. More colors. But the underlying static-icon-grid homescreen ideology stayed the same. Still no widgets.
The Today idea (like Google's Now) is encouraging, as smartphones continue heading more towards being an active assistant, instead of passive tool.
I think people will quickly get used to it. Heck, I think there's less argument against it from iPhone fans, than when the iPhone 4 design was first leaked. Remember the outcry about how industrial Zune-like it was? "Obviously not an Apple design!" people said. Yet now they love it.
Edited by KDarling - 6/13/13 at 7:42am