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The stitched-leather look of Apple's Find My Friends app for iPhone and iPad is now a thing of the past, with a new update on Tuesday eschewing skeuomorphism for an iOS 7-style flatter design.

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The updated Find My Friends version 3.0 is now available for download from the App Store. It's a 7.1-megabyte download that requires iOS 7.0 or later.

The only changes to Find My Friends appear to be its appearance., opting for a simpler look. Apple's release notes make no mention of any other changes to the application.

The friend-tracking application is the last major holdout among Apple's mobile software offerings to come in line with the company's new design sensibilities. Apple changed direction with the launch of iOS 7, abandoning a penchant for lifelike recreations of textures and objects that was favored by former mobile software chief Scott Forstall.

Last week Apple also updated iBooks and iTunes U with flatter designs for iOS 7. All three applications feature simple white icons against orangish-yellow gradient backgrounds.
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About time!! This was one of the most hideous looking apps. The faux leather was ridiculous and unnecessary. I use this app a lot to keep track of my kids and was eagerly awaiting this update.
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This had always been the worst looking app since it first launched during the height of skeupmorphism era. I'm just glad it's Forest-all gone.
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I like the leather. I'm keeping the old version

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I like the leather. I'm keeping the old version
Ok Steve.
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Clock faces are skeuomorphic, digital readouts are not. Which do you find easier to quickly tell time? Both have their place.
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This had always been the worst looking app since it first launched during the height of skeupmorphism era. I'm just glad it's Forest-all gone.

Yeah but it's a bit sad. It wasn't all Forestall's doing. Steve was a big part of the apps looks and feel and although the leather wasn't completely appreciated by all, much of the bold words, shading, and easy to read segmentation of a "clickable" button and options were very intuitive and nice to use.

I like iOS 7 but some of the floating blue words, blend-into-the-background calendar and contacts sections aren't as easy to read and see.

Sure we are all getting use to this "light minimalistic" look and feel, but I remember it being much easier to appropriate myself and use the phone with the older iOS style.

Example...have you received a phone call while on the phone (call waiting) in iOS 7?

Well I have and each and every time I have to carefully read the two lightly shaded boxes and be careful to choose the correct button that answers and DOESNT hang up on the previous caller.

In Steve's iOS I never had to even think. Just look and boom! It just stood out clearly and easily to be selected.

I to this day don't know where that button is on either iOS ....but I know on Steve's iOS that it was instantly made clear which option to choose.

Contacts aren't nearly as easy to see.

If you have someone in your contacts list with tons of information… Various phone numbers… Emails… And addresses.

It's just a long list of blue world words with the white background.

In the previous iOS it was very segmented and shaded with bold words, dark lines and sections, and it was easy to read choose the choices that you need.

Jony Ive and the team… Need to keep
In mind that this is not a computer and it doesn't always sit on your desk in the same environment and in the same lighting.

It's a mobile device that you carry with you in all sorts of environments. On the move and on the go. It is a small screen used in the bright sunlight or could be a bright screen in the darkness. These are all factions and more that could make it difficult to read some of these iOS 7 designs.
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Yeah but it's a bit sad. It wasn't all Forestall's doing. Steve was a big part of the apps looks and feel and although the leather wasn't completely appreciated by all, much of the bold words, shading, and easy to read segmentation of a "clickable" button and options were very intuitive and nice to use.

For once I'd agree with the sentiment "This would never happen if Steve Jobs were alive" and for once I'm thankful he's not CEO if it would have meant this ugly UI would have continued.
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I wouldn't say there are no new features. Your friends pictures now show on the map and you can choose to notify someone automatically when you arrive/leave. I never hated the old look, but this is a nice refresh. I use this app all the time.

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For once I'd agree with the sentiment "This would never happen if Steve Jobs were alive" and for once I'm thankful he's not CEO if it would have meant this ugly UI would have continued.
Yeah, how much of this design language was really at the insistence of Steve? And Forstall was someone wedded to doing whatever Steve wanted (even after Steve was gone)?
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One problem arises often when designers and advertisers "mess" with something that has worked for years. They get tired of it and often replace what "worked" with something that, shall we say, doesn't work as well. Jobs knew something about good typography. I was in that world for over 10 years. It's always about readability and legibility, not "changeability." If the old version was bad it would already have passed away. John Deere has had many logos over the years, but the changes were always in the "background" ready for something new. Still, either the 3D or the flat look is OK with me. But I preferred the 3D shaded-look, not the "I hate skeomorphism bandwagon" that some jumped on.
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Am I the only one that find the vomit-yellow text horrendous looking, not to mention not very readable? Yellow text over a semi transparent background? Really?

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Am I the only one that find the vomit-yellow text horrendous looking, not to mention not very readable? Yellow text over a semi transparent background? Really?

Not a fan of that font color but overall this is an improvement so I'll take it.
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The only changes to Find My Friends appear to be its appearance., opting for a simpler look. Apple's release notes make no mention of any other changes to the application.
 

 

Maybe I missed it previously, but I notice it's now possible to add people with an expiration date, to notify anyone when I leave or arrive (as opposed to notifying me when a friend leaves or arrives), to ignore geofence alerts from people who aren't my "friends", to disallow friend requests entirely, and to star certain friends as "favorites" that show at the top of the list.  Also, the blue dot is replaced with a tiny version of the friend's contact photo.

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For once I'd agree with the sentiment "This would never happen if Steve Jobs were alive" and for once I'm thankful he's not CEO if it would have meant this ugly UI would have continued.

I think what you meant to say about skeumorphism is: "This WOULD have happened if Steve was still alive!"
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Am I the only one that find the vomit-yellow text horrendous looking, not to mention not very readable? Yellow text over a semi transparent background? Really?

Vomit-yellow text?

What HAVE you been eating lately?

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Am I missing the option to change the type of map displayed? I have satellite view but like the hybrid view.
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Vomit-yellow text?

What HAVE you been eating lately?

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That's BileMaker yellow.
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"Clock faces are skeuomorphic, digital readouts are not. Which do you find easier to quickly tell time? Both have their place."

Robin, I'd say, more accurately, I hope, that clock faces are graphical representations of time, while digital readouts are numeric representations.
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Am I missing the option to change the type of map displayed? I have satellite view but like the hybrid view.

 

AFTER you pick an individual to locate, click the More button, top right

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Cannot find it.

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I like the leather. I'm keeping the old version

You must be Scott Forstall, then. Fail.

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Designers often fall into the trap of loving the "beauty" of their designs and forgetting about the beauty of function.

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Thanks!  Figured it had to be there somewhere... should have poked around more before posting.  Appreciate the help.

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Designers often fall into the trap of loving the "beauty" of their designs and forgetting about the beauty of function.

Amen!  Anytime there is a major chance in design (appearance) there will be those who like it, those who hate it, and those who could really care less as long as it works.  No big thing.  The problem with Mr. Ives' preference for lack of color and streamlined look is simply that it is much harder to use.  Entering contact information would be a good example.  Much faster in ios6 simply because it was easier to see and locate the specific field you were looking for.  

 

The clock example is also great.  Danite's point is more accurate than he realizes although it has absolutely nothing to do with skeumorphism.  The two kinds of display are actually digital and analog.  It is easier to use digital time when you need accuracy to the tenth/100th/etc of a second.  It is far easier to use an analog time display when you need approximate time but need it instantly.  Example:  Most of the time it is more important to know that is is "almost 2:15" than to take longer and discover that is is actually "2:14:32 PM"

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One problem arises often when designers and advertisers "mess" with something that has worked for years. They get tired of it and often replace what "worked" with something that, shall we say, doesn't work as well. Jobs knew something about good typography. I was in that world for over 10 years. It's always about readability and legibility, not "changeability." If the old version was bad it would already have passed away. John Deere has had many logos over the years, but the changes were always in the "background" ready for something new. Still, either the 3D or the flat look is OK with me. But I preferred the 3D shaded-look, not the "I hate skeomorphism bandwagon" that some jumped on.

Thank you bobbyfozz.  Now I encourage you to email Apple with that thought.

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"De gustibus non disputandem": In matters of taste there is no dispute. I don't get all the bashing of the older style OS; it worked and worked well. My hackles went up when I was downloading iOS 7 and a sheet came up, saying that the new interface was "a beautiful" reworking....PLEASE!....let me be the judge of that. What is it about thick British accents that make us Americans roll over? I am waiting for an app that converts all the new features to the old look, the look that made Macs so intuitive and easy to use, right out of the box. iOS7's calendar is impossible to read in bright sunlight--the commenter who make the point that our smart phones are not stationary computers was right on! I fear the fashion police now at Apple are going to be shoving things down our throats, like it or not. Give us options, please before we lose everything that made Macs outstanding.
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"De gustibus non disputandem": In matters of taste there is no dispute. I don't get all the bashing of the older style OS; it worked and worked well. My hackles went up when I was downloading iOS 7 and a sheet came up, saying that the new interface was "a beautiful" reworking....PLEASE!....let me be the judge of that. What is it about thick British accents that make us Americans roll over? I am waiting for an app that converts all the new features to the old look, the look that made Macs so intuitive and easy to use, right out of the box. iOS7's calendar is impossible to read in bright sunlight--the commenter who make the point that our smart phones are not stationary computers was right on! I fear the fashion police now at Apple are going to be shoving things down our throats, like it or not. Give us options, please before we lose everything that made Macs outstanding.

Great suggestion.  It would be really nice if we could have our preference.. But that is not going to happen.  Mr. Ive has been sitting in the wings for a long time just waiting for the chance to prove to the world that his version of beauty is more important than functionality.  Now that he has political control he isn't going to give up easily.  Just look at how his design philosophy is slowly invading Mavericks.  It is going to be a long time before we can get rid of this guy.

 

And hoping that he will change is fruitless.  You simply can't teach him to change his beliefs.  You can only get rid of him.  How one's mind works is the most important thing of all.  That's part of the reason there is so great a difference between OS and Microsoft.  The only thing we can do is get rid of him...and if enough stockholders and purchasers would email Apple...it can be done.

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We should be able to have our cake and eat it too... Users should be able to pick the theme... Whether it's 3D, Flat or something entirely different... Why does Apple need to control the look and feel of MY devise. Apple should create a default design and customers should be allowed to customize as they wish. This is a reason many users jailbreak their iDevices. Apple needs to move beyond the Henry Ford mentality that customers can "choose what ever color they like as long as it's black."
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We should be able to have our cake and eat it too... Users should be able to pick the theme... Whether it's 3D, Flat or something entirely different... Why does Apple need to control the look and feel of MY devise. Apple should create a default design and customers should be allowed to customize as they wish. This is a reason many users jailbreak their iDevices. Apple needs to move beyond the Henry Ford mentality that customers can "choose what ever color they like as long as it's black."

Do you understand the undertaking it was just to update iOS and now you want a way for users to alter every little detail of the UI? Do you even have a clue what a shitstorm this would be for Apple, 3rd-party devs and users?

BTW, you can choose black, or silver and even gold, and you can choose the carrier and capacity, not to mention choice between iOS on a smartphone, tablet, mp3 player, and media extender which gives you about 100(?) different SKUs to pick from which makes it quite different from the HW Ford offered for his Model T.
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@akqies "shitstorm" for devs and apple? Not sure what you mean... My iDevices are all Jailbroken and have custom themes... The layout of my spring board is altered and incorporates widgets. The fonts are custom and there are too many suttle tweaks to mention that have been applied to my iDevices that make them MINE and functional to me. I installed an IOS 7 theme months priority to its release. I have also altered the GUI to replicate droid honeycomb, Nexus, windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X... And ALL of my apps have worked as before with the stock IOS theme.
I stand behind my earlier comment... Apple needs to allow its customers to do more customization other than the ability to change the wallpaper and system sounds. Having the option to tweak the nuances of the GUI interface is what makes a device feel like its yours... individualized. The color of the shell is moot as most people buy a case to cover it. I have a white iPhone; however, my otter defender case surrounding it is black plastic with a dark green rubber bumper.
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@akqies "shitstorm" for devs and apple? Not sure what you mean... My iDevices are all Jailbroken and have custom themes... The layout of my spring board is altered and incorporates widgets. The fonts are custom and there are too many suttle tweaks to mention that have been applied to my iDevices that make them MINE and functional to me. I installed an IOS 7 theme months priority to its release. I have also altered the GUI to replicate droid honeycomb, Nexus, windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X... And ALL of my apps have worked as before with the stock IOS theme.
I stand behind my earlier comment... Apple needs to allow its customers to do more customization other than the ability to change the wallpaper and system sounds. Having the option to tweak the nuances of the GUI interface is what makes a device feel like its yours... individualized. The color of the shell is moot as most people buy a case to cover it. I have a white iPhone; however, my otter defender case surrounding it is black plastic with a dark green rubber bumper.

It would be nice, as I previously commented...but it just won't happen.  The design (not the function...the design) of ios7 is tied to the ego of Mr Ive.  There is absolutely no escape from it as long as he remains in power.  One can only imagine the glee he felt at Steve Jobs' death.  Kind of reminds me of Lyndon Johnson's statement after the Kennedy assassination.  He said, "I'm in charge now."

 

There is only one way of stopping what will eventually (not quickly, but eventually) prove to be a major difficulty for Apple...remove the bad apple...remove Mr. Ive.  And if you think it cannot happen, if enough people would get off their behinds and complain directly to Apple...yeah...it is possible.

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Great suggestion.  It would be really nice if we could have our preference.. But that is not going to happen.  Mr. Ive has been sitting in the wings for a long time just waiting for the chance to prove to the world that his version of beauty is more important than functionality.  Now that he has political control he isn't going to give up easily.  Just look at how his design philosophy is slowly invading Mavericks.  It is going to be a long time before we can get rid of this guy.

 

And hoping that he will change is fruitless.  You simply can't teach him to change his beliefs.  You can only get rid of him.  How one's mind works is the most important thing of all.  That's part of the reason there is so great a difference between OS and Microsoft.  The only thing we can do is get rid of him...and if enough stockholders and purchasers would email Apple...it can be done.

 

And then what? Apple will revert back to iOS6 style? Don't be fucking ridiculous. This is more than the work of one man. It's the direction they've chosen to move forward with for the foreseeable future. Getting rid of Ive isn't going to reverse that. There also is not even a shread of evidence that there is a widespread outcry over iOS7. Apple will likely smash all sales records again this quarter, selling devices that run iOS7 out of the box. I'm not for getting rid of Ive- the guy is pretty much the face of Apple, and a hardware design genius. I just think he has a lot to learn about software UI, and I think it was a bit short-sighted for Apple management to assume his skills in hardware would transfer smoothly to software. I don't mind minimalism, but they took it a bit too far. I have no doubt it will be refined based on feedback, but "getting rid" of Ive is a ridiculous and naive proposition. 

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There is absolutely no escape from it as long as he remains in power.  One can only imagine the glee he felt at Steve Jobs' death.  Kind of reminds me of Lyndon Johnson's statement after the Kennedy assassination.  He said, "I'm in charge now."

 

 

What a disgusting, despicable statement. If you actually believe that, there's something seriously wrong with you. The admiration, respect, and friendship between Ive and Jobs was known to all, the his pain while talking about SJ is visible. For you to suggest he felt any type of "glee" is mind-blowingly sickening. Not to mention irrational, since there was no evidence that SJs death would give Jony any more power. The ouster of Forstall did that.  Do you also think Cook felt "glee" when SJ died? It did cement his position as CEO after all. 


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What a disgusting, despicable statement. If you actually believe that, there's something seriously wrong with you. The admiration, respect, and friendship between Ive and Jobs was known to all, the his pain while talking about SJ is visible. For you to suggest he felt any type of "glee" is mind-blowingly sickening. Not to mention irrational, since there was no evidence that SJs death would give Jony any more power. The ouster of Forstall did that.  Do you also think Cook felt "glee" when SJ died? It did cement his position as CEO after all. 


And Steve Ballmer? He must have been afraid: the head of his research labs had died :p

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We should be able to have our cake and eat it too... Users should be able to pick the theme... Whether it's 3D, Flat or something entirely different... Why does Apple need to control the look and feel of MY devise. Apple should create a default design and customers should be allowed to customize as they wish. This is a reason many users jailbreak their iDevices. Apple needs to move beyond the Henry Ford mentality that customers can "choose what ever color they like as long as it's black."

 

Go buy a Nexus4

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have been holding back on commenting too much on iOS 7 for a while now, as I wanted to see if it was just that i was too "used" to the old OS and didn't want too much change because of human traits of wanting whats familiar.

But now, I can say, that while in many ways iOS7 is good (task manager, control center etc) the whole 'flat' look is actually crap. selecting hours/minutes in alarms: much harder. Easily seeing contact info: much harder( as was said by stephanjobs, great post BTW). buttons are not blatantly obvious at a glance, alphabet list at side of contact, harder to select. etc etc.

Much of it is change for changes sake, not because someone used it for a few days and said "this is actually so much easier" Kinda what M$ do all the time. move things around, re-label them.

Sure some elements are nicer, like the new Find My Friends, much better than the old crap, but then the old version wasn't exactly fitting with iOS6 anyway, like Game Center.

funny though, even with this step backwards, its still much better than android os MS Phone.

Hey Android users, try this:
Select an App, hold the icon, drag it to the home screen. Cool. Now, do it again with the same app. Fill the whole screen with the same icon for the same app. It just lets you. Not even a function to check (if exists then don't and alert user its already there).

I have so much fun doing that then handing the phone back to the owner, but then again I am 4 and a half, and easily amused.
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have been holding back on commenting too much on iOS 7 for a while now, as I wanted to see if it was just that i was too "used" to the old OS and didn't want too much change because of human traits of wanting whats familiar.

But now, I can say, that while in many ways iOS7 is good (task manager, control center etc) the whole 'flat' look is actually crap. selecting hours/minutes in alarms: much harder. Easily seeing contact info: much harder( as was said by stephanjobs, great post BTW). buttons are not blatantly obvious at a glance, alphabet list at side of contact, harder to select. etc etc.

Much of it is change for changes sake, not because someone used it for a few days and said "this is actually so much easier" Kinda what M$ do all the time. move things around, re-label them.

Sure some elements are nicer, like the new Find My Friends, much better than the old crap, but then the old version wasn't exactly fitting with iOS6 anyway, like Game Center.

funny though, even with this step backwards, its still much better than android os MS Phone.

Hey Android users, try this:
Select an App, hold the icon, drag it to the home screen. Cool. Now, do it again with the same app. Fill the whole screen with the same icon for the same app. It just lets you. Not even a function to check (if exists then don't and alert user its already there).

I have so much fun doing that then handing the phone back to the owner, but then again I am 4 and a half, and easily amused.

 

go buy a Nexus 7 and report your results to us later.

 

I'm serious.  If you hate iOS7 so much vote with your wallet and go Android.  If not appreciate what iOS is and accept its 'faults'

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@sog35 what part of my post made you think I hated iOS7??

 

Was it the part where I said "funny though, even with this step backwards, its still much better than android os MS Phone." ?

 

​I wouldn't waste a penny on any Android device. Every one I have ever used has been utter bollox, and thats putting it nicely.

 

​and i think the idea of just "accepting" somethings faults is pretty lame. Feedback and opinions are what lead to better products.

 

Accepting faults is something an Andriod user does everyday, not for me.

 

maybe you need a hug, you are a bit defensive there, don't shot people on the same side

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