The last couple days has been filled with lots of opinions, both good and bad, around the announcement of Apple’s new iOS 7. It’s actually kind of exhausting to read the constant opinions of people, especially those who haven’t spent the proper amount of time to give it some thoughtful consideration. But I do think there are a few stand out write-ups that I think sum up a lot of the things I’ve been feeling about the new operating system. Hopefully it gives you some interesting ideas to chew on.
Generosity of Perspective by Frank Chimero
There are problems with iOS, but with a bit of imagination, I can see those issues being the result of situations I’ve struggled through on previous projects of my own. The aesthetics will be refined in time, as they always are, but it’s worth noting that it’s always easier to take something that’s pushed too far and make it more tame than to do the opposite. I’m not a fan of how iOS looks right now, but I have hope for its future. iOS has one thing that can’t be denied: it lacks nuance, but it has courage.
Fertile Ground by Marco Arment
Apple has set fire to iOS. Everything’s in flux. Those with the least to lose have the most to gain, because this fall, hundreds of millions of people will start demanding apps for a platform with thousands of old, stale players and not many new, nimble alternatives. If you want to enter a category that’s crowded on iOS 6, and you’re one of the few that exclusively targets iOS 7, your app can look better, work better, and be faster and cheaper to develop than most competing apps.
iOS 7: Is the new Apple iOS 7 look an improvement? by David Cole
The big, obvious change to the look in iOS 7 is the flatness. This change is being characterized as a stripping away of dimensionality. I’ll propose something else is going on here: the move to flat screens actually affords a ramp up in dimensionality. When an individual screen gets flattened together, you can treat it as a single object that you can then manipulate and relate to other screens. This concept is at the heart of the biggest changes to the iOS 7 interaction paradigms.
iOS 7 Thins Out by Khoi Vinh
When companies seek to add legitimacy to their design lexicon, Helvetica is a common shortcut. (Take it from a guy who’s used Helvetica for almost everything for two decades; it is an extremely efficient vessel for prepackaged ideas.) This is especially true if a given flavor of the type family can so clearly communicate specific concepts the way that thin and ultra thin weights of Helvetica Neue can signal aspirational sophistication.