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Apple on Tuesday brought the revamped iCloud.com webpage, which is designed to match the style of iOS 7, out of beta, offering users a taste of what to expect when the next-generation mobile platform is released on Wednesday.

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One day before iOS 7 will become available to download, Apple has revamped the iCloud Web portal to reflect user interface changes seen in the company's mobile platform. Previously in beta testing, the update brings congruity to the two UIs, offering users a seamless experience when moving from one to the other.

Most apparent is a dynamic background borrowed from iOS 7 that shows a pastel blue gradient with constantly moving blurred orbs. Other features introduced include app icons that match iOS 7 counterparts, including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Find My iPhone. Icons for beta versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers are carried over from iOS 6.

It appears that Apple has rolled out the updated website to all users.
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The moving background is hideous. It genuinely looks like something from Microsoft. And the app icons looks terrible, though they kind of get away with them at those larger sizes. I said 'kind of'.

As for the web apps themselves, the colours, designs, fonts and font colours used within the apps? Astoundingly beautiful!

What I do not understand, though, is why when web apps are unavailable on iOS do they look like they were designed for the iPad? With huge click targets and designs that look inherently touch based? Oh what planet does that make sense?
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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post
The moving background is hideous. It's one of the few things I genuinely believe wouldn't have happened if Steve was alive. It's not elegant.

 

It doesn’t move, does it? Oh! The beta’s didn’t move.

 

Other than being a shade lighter, how’s it different from the bokeh included in iOS 4 and 5? You know, the ones that were released when he was alive?

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The moving background is hideous. It genuinely looks like something from Microsoft.

 

I think it's pretty neat looking and very much something Apple would do.  There are Apple TV screen savers that are almost identical.  

 
It really makes the iWork icons look awful though and it would be much nicer if we had the ability to hide/delete the icons that we don't need.  I never intend to ever buy or use Keynote for instance, so why do I have to stare at it every day?  
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You might receive a PowerPoint or keynote from some one else. Also I believe that they are free when you get a new iOS device.
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I think it's pretty neat looking and very much something Apple would do.  There are Apple TV screen savers that are almost identical.

 
Screensaver behind the app icons? Moving wallpaper? Yuck!
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I never intend to ever buy or use Keynote for instance, so why do I have to stare at it every day?  

 

You use icloud.com everyday?

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I don't mind the moving bubbles in the background. They actually slowly track your mouse cursor location. Like a sloth on the hunt.

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Need some more cheese? They're testing out more CSS functionality.

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It's going to take some getting used to, but I kind of like it. It's cleaner looking without all of the skeuomorphism.
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It's going to take some getting used to, but I kind of like it. It's cleaner looking without all of the skeuomorphism.

 

The lack is skeuomorphism is a good thing, but they should also ditch those stupid bubbles and get Louis Mantia (or any single person with decent icon design taste) to design some iOS 7/iCloud app icons. There's a reason why all the best app designers in the world came out against the icons: they are unattractive.


Edited by Ireland - 9/17/13 at 5:02pm
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Will you be able to access PhotoStream pictures using a web browser?

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It's going to take some getting used to, but I kind of like it. It's cleaner looking without all of the skeuomorphism.

 

Actually the notes and reminders apps still have a papyrus paper texture to them. Why in the world did they do this? Just make it a solid colour.

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I think it's pretty neat looking and very much something Apple would do.  There are Apple TV screen savers that are almost identical.  
 
It really makes the iWork icons look awful though and it would be much nicer if we had the ability to hide/delete the icons that we don't need.  I never intend to ever buy or use Keynote for instance, so why do I have to stare at it every day?  
You really have to stare at it every day? Wow first world problems there.
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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

The lack is skeuomorphism is a good thing, but they should also ditch those stupid bubbles and get Louis Mantia (or any single person with decent icon design taste) to design some iOS 7/iCloud app icons. There's a reason why all the best app designers in the world came out against the icons: they are unattractive.
I'm not saying I love all the app icons but that's the least of Apple's worries right now.
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find my iphone map data is still (c) google? 1frown.gif

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Definitely like this more, I like how Notes and Reminders look, its a lot cleaner.

 

How'd they do the background movement, its not flash, if you choose view background image on Firefox, you just see the strip of gradient, not the bokeh elements, are they animating each one on its own, some of them flicker a little bit, and looks resized dynamically as the larger ones look like it, that's a feat. Tireless bas**rds, you have to hand it to Apple.

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Why haven't the office productivity apps' icons been updated? C'mon Apple get with it.

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Looks like I'm not a fan of the "bubbles", but I like the apps! : )

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I'm not saying I love all the app icons but that's the least of Apple's worries right now.

 

(Prepare for another Rogifan anti-Apple tirade)

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Why haven't the office productivity apps' icons been updated? C'mon Apple get with it.

 

Updated to what, depthless, minimalized iOS 7-matching nonsense? Why? iWork’s current icons are great.
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(Prepare for another Rogifan anti-Apple tirade)
You think Apple'd focus right now should be on app icons?

Oh, and me thinking the 5C is overpriced is anti-Apple but people complaining about app icons and wallpaper backgrounds isn't? Just wait until iOS 7 drops tomorrow and my complaints about 5C pricing will seem like nothing. This place will be infested with trolls and comments of "Steve wouldn't have" and "bring back Scott". 1rolleyes.gif
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Updated to what, depthless, minimalized iOS 7-matching nonsense? Why? iWork’s current icons are great.
Maybe to be consistent?
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Anybody else think the new calendar color scheme is horrible?

 

The red on white hurts my eyes and the text is too light of a grey color.

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You use icloud.com everyday?

 

Well, I typically *go* there once every day or two, but other than the email it's not very functional so I don't actually "use" the apps unless it's a dire emergency.  I was using a colloquialism I guess. 

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Anybody else think the new calendar color scheme is horrible?

 

The red on white hurts my eyes and the text is too light of a grey color.

 

It comes from iOS 7 of course, but I think the whole idea of a different colour for each primary app is really poorly thought out.  It basically exists only because the alternative would be doing all monochrome for the major apps and they know they'd get a lot more blowback on that.  

 
The problem with doing it this way is that it's arbitrary.  Like you, I can't stand that red colour, I also think the "raw" cobalt blue they have chosen is just vile and such an amateur's choice.  A lot of people use colour to organise their work, Apple knows this as they have always provided colour cues in the OS's they build for that exact reason.  It's one of their defining features.  
 
Now we have red for calendar and blue for mail, but if I want to colour code my folders in mail or my calendars in the calendar app, they all have to "fit" with the overarching schema of red or blue.  There are also people (like me) that will have visceral reactions to one colour or another and thus be compelled to either not use an app, or hate it all the time they are using it.  
 
It's arbitrary, and unnecessary.  The least they could do is provide a control panel where we can pick which hideous primary colour applies to which application.  

Edited by Gazoobee - 9/17/13 at 7:40pm
post #27 of 48

I just checked it out, I like it, No complains from me.
Then again I really like the look & feel of iOS 7. 

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Me like.

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If anyone knows why I was banned on September 15th please send me a PM and let me know.  The way they do bans now, they don't tell you why and I'm just curious.   

 

Possibly overuse of vowels in your username.

 

I mean, C'mon! That's just excessive.

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post #30 of 48
How funny when these people rant saying DEFINITIVELY that something looks awful, not that it's in their opinion, but no they have SPOKEN and it looks awful. Nobody else's opinion counts, they say it looks awful so of course it must be true.
post #31 of 48
I like it. Very clean, very nice.
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Apple on Tuesday brought the revamped iCloud.com webpage, which is designed to match the style of iOS 7, out of beta, offering users a taste of what to expect when the next-generation mobile platform is released on Wednesday.
 
iCloud


One day before iOS 7 will become available to download, Apple has revamped the iCloud Web portal to reflect user interface changes seen in the company's mobile platform. Previously in beta testing, the update brings congruity to the two UIs, offering users a seamless experience when moving from one to the other.

Most apparent is a dynamic background borrowed from iOS 7 that shows a pastel blue gradient with constantly moving blurred orbs. Other features introduced include app icons that match iOS 7 counterparts, including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders and Find My iPhone. Icons for beta versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers are carried over from iOS 6.

It appears that Apple has rolled out the updated website to all users.

 

I love how my iCloud Mail looks like Outlook. Very elegant. Very touch-device-friendly. Very Jony Ive.

post #33 of 48
Sorry, but this doesn't work.
No font size control...anywhere. Apple font sizes occupy massive amounts of the screen. A long contact name can't fit on the screen as an example.

Not much flexibility in modifying the look of the iCloud screen. I will find myself using it less. aesthetically pleasing, but not functional.
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Dear Apple,

 

It has been Wednesday 18th September 2013 all day today here in New Zealand and yet we still do not have iOS 7.

 

Didn't you used to give it to us because we live in the future in the past?

 

Hurry up and get to today so we can have it our yesterday.

 

Thank you.

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Oh no. I really did not want to be one of those "I hate it" people. I have always been such a fanboy. BUT MY GOD that calendar is hideous!

HIDEOUS!

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post #36 of 48
Originally Posted by Darryn Lowe View Post

It has been Wednesday 18th September 2013 all day today here in New Zealand and yet we still do not have iOS 7. Didnt you used to give it to us because we live in the future in the past? Hurry up and get to today so we can have it our yesterday.

 

How do you guys deal with procrastination? “Never put off tomorrow what you can do today”, that sort of thing?

 

I’m hoping for an answer like, “We just do everything yesterday so we don’t have to care.”

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Updated to what, depthless, minimalized iOS 7-matching nonsense? Why? iWork’s current icons are great.
They are great but IOS 6 icons stand out in IOS 7, and vice Versa so the iWork looks weird.
Just in time for IOS 7 release
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How do you guys deal with procrastination? “Never put off tomorrow what you can do today”, that sort of thing?

 

I’m hoping for an answer like, “We just do everything yesterday so we don’t have to care.”

Pretty much. We do it before you even ask for it. The problem is you don't know we've done it because it's too early for you to think and therefore you still ask us to do it so we say "Ok" and then go and have a sleep.

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Updated to what, depthless, minimalized iOS 7-matching nonsense? Why? iWork’s current icons are great.

 

They might be great, but on the whole it looks terrible, because they clash in such an extreme fashion with all the other icons on that page stylistically. So yes, they should be updated. 

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https://www.icloud.com/#notes need lots of help


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