Apparently it's the norm here to take single examples and make them the whole general point. I never said SBSettings is more innovative than the rest of iOS, it's just an example of one of the features Apple could have implemented years ago.
This article explains my point about iOS perfectly: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/ios-7-a-bold-step-sideways-20130621-2ond6.html
. Great to finally read a proper unbiased opinion. I can't say the same about the Editorial that started this discussion.
I referenced something you referenced, doesn't that make sense?
Everyone has biases. The author of that piece has a bias towards "new and exciting", i.e. superficial stuff that you also seem focused on. Forget the aesthetics, the really cool part of iOS 7 is under the hood with new APIs and such. Read the comments from some developers in that very article; they explain it better than me.