Originally Posted by Rogifan
Apple isn't making a huge UI change because what they introduced in 2007 still works. No one has demonstrated that the grid of icons no longer works or something else is much better.
I agree that a static grid still works, but that's not saying much. It also worked for Windows Mobile when you clicked its Programs button. It also worked for the Palm Pilot. Heck, it worked for the original Mac.
I mildly disagree that no one has shown anything better, as I do think that a static grid of app icons is misusing the space. Active icons/widgets can be very handy as little windows into an app's info / status.
With Windows 8 and its live tiles how much can you really glean staring at the screen?
Here, I'm in total agreement with you that the colors and arrangement (or lack of) of the Windows tiles are a mess to view. I think they had a good idea, but screwed up the artistic implementation.
Btw, I kept meaning to find time to reply to a post you made a week or two ago. In it, you proposed something along the lines that perhaps Apple was trying to mature iOS slightly away from the even-a-baby-can-do-it style. (Please correct me if I got that wrong.)
I think that's very insightful, and yes, that would be a major move for Apple, relatively speaking. I think it has to be done... that the training wheels eventually have to come off... as people in general get more savvy about using smartphones.
I even think there's a good place for a switch between child - medium - expert modes. Most especially I think that tablets are way overdue for having multiple user profiles.