Originally Posted by enature
When gutless Tim Cook put Sir Ive, who had zero experience in software design, in charge of guess what... software design - things were bound to get silly, if not ugly, fast.
What many ardent fans of Sir Ive fail to realize is that he can be great - as long as Steve Jobs masterfully and gently constrains Jony's unbound creative urges. Without Steve Jobs, sadly, the Brit will do damage - and no one, and certainly not Tim Cook, will be there to restrain him.
Aside from Steve Jobs, there was one person who could stand up to Jony - Scott Forstall. But Tim Cook fired him. So prepare for more silliness coming to iOS. I hope Apple's bright spot, Mac OS, will be spared of Jony's "creativity."
That is very one-sided opinion. Scott and Jony are most probably both pigheaded and if Scott would do the job properly, he wouldn't be ousted.
Tim Cook is also not gutless. He has different style and frankly speaking I started to like him more than Steve. Decision on putting Jony on this job was not emotional and I am pretty sure it was something that seemed as a best solution.
However, it doesn't mean I like iOS7 design very much. It is very contradictory in many ways and some apps are totally misguided. Like Calendar. While I don't like this thin and flat design I can also say that some of the Scott's apps were also overkill in opposite direction, as here are. Again the Cow-Calendar.
Jony is yet to convince us how icons and fonts, stripped down brutally going esthetically and logically together with paralax and other 3D animations. Until now I am only convinced with colors, flat I don't like anyway, fonts are less readable, buttons without borders look like HTML link and blurs are to heavy, diminishing the effect, because a thin font is needed to be seen...
But in any case: changes were needed, both in functionality and design. Scott failed on both fronts.