Originally Posted by dacloo
Article is again way too long... to prove a point(?)
Anyway I just wanted to say that iOS7 is ugly and is a step back usability wise. I don't want to use a phone where everything is white, white, white! It hurts to use (I've seen the developers preview)
Not in my opinion. Calendar is a step back in many ways, they still haven't figured out how to do it. For instance, in iOS 6 the "month" view had a dot under the dates in the month for which you had meetings, and it's gone. At least, I don't know, make it Helvetica Neue Ultralight Bold (god forbid) or add a marker according to the number of meetings or something. Admittedly, this remark comes from "the way I use the app"
Safari is very nice, clean and fast.
Messages is near perfect (i am stating opinions, of course)
Weather is a big improvement, a VERY BIG improvement. But still, once you have used the Yahoo weather app, which was more than a blueprint for it, you'll miss the extra information and the neat integration with flickr, which does so much to make it appealing. I still hope it will come on the stock weather app, because it is just GREAT.
Pictures? Nice on the iPad (probably) but crappy on the iPhone. There's just not enough screen real estate to enjoy it. The "year view" is just a pixelated mess. But the overall layout? Great!
Notes... Come on... YELLOW ON WHITE? why not just make it white on white....
Folders: VERY BIG IMPROVEMENT. But when I open an app of a folder and click the home button it brings me back to the folder view. I have to click it once again to go back to the home screen. In iOS 6 this was less o a problem as part o the home screen was always visibile. I am conflicted about it. I think habit will do it...
What I really hate is the home button behavior. Gone is the "click it once from any screen to go back to the "main home screen"". I used it a lot because all my most used apps where on the first grid. Now I just have to swipe through it. (edit: not true, works as usual)
Spotlight? Still much conflicted about the swipe down to access it. I liked the previous "home button when on home screen" way of accessing it better. Cleaner results, "dedicated app feeling", and less of a mess. That one is a "no" for me.
Animations are super cool. I know it's gimmick, but it's a nice one. Provides context, gives you a feeling of where you are and what you are doing.
I have a complaint on this though... Calculator... Plus, Minus, Equal are all orange, number are gray. Why is does the icon show a grew equal sign? Perfection demands this to be redone.
The clock icon updating is great!
But... Why doesn't apple take a clue from iPhoto or Aperture and use the same feature for the "pictures App"? Create, for privacy sake, an undistinguishable small mosaic of your actual pictures. Gone to the sea? Your icon will be mainly blue. Back from a Desert safari? How bout a yellower one? I think it would be better than the pseudo Pantone exposition we have now.
Contacts icon? Good. But, instead of the grey silouhette, for those who chose so, why not add your profile pic?
The ones I mentioned are, on purpose, adjustments that don't require any constant connection (as for instance an update to the maps app based on current location would) don't require any sensor to be active any time you open the phone.
But they would make every homescreen uniform and yet unique....
Edited by pinolo - 6/30/13 at 12:36pm