iPhone users called for change. And Apple delivered, big time. iOS 7 is unlike any other software version before it, taking quite a few users by surprise. Gone are the days of green felt and stitched leather, replaced by clean and minimalistic user interfaces — some like to call this “flat” design, but it really is so much more.
One area of iOS 7 that has been hotly contested is the new home screen icons. On one side, users are outraged that such atrocious looking icons are the work of Apple. On the contrary, others believe that there are intrinsic methodologies behind the new design that non-designers simply can’t understand. Fair enough.
Whichever side you take in this debate, the bottom line is that iOS 7 is a continuous work in progress. It will get better. At least, that’s what several well-connected pundits and other prominent figures within the Apple community think. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting opinions provided about iOS 7 ahead.
Rene Ritchie, Editor-in-Chief, iMore:
That iOS 7 in its current form had to be realized in under 8 months, that it involved designers at Apple outside the usual interactive team, and that the beta came in so hot the iPad version wasn’t even ready, adds to the turbulence, and to the uneasy feeling that we’re still in the midst of change rather than comfortably through it.
Matthew Panzarino, Managing Editor, The Next Web:
I don’t know any of the following for sure, obviously, but I get the feeling that we’ll be seeing more changes in the iOS 7 beta period than in any previous. Which makes a lot of sense, given that it’s the biggest change in iOS, well, ever.
Matt Gemmell, iOS and OS X Developer, on his personal blog:
The new icons are distinct and identifiable, and not fussy. I believe that we’ll see some changes before the final release, and I have a sense that it’s the part that has received the least sustained attention, but its character is in spirit with the evolution of the rest of iOS 7.
John Gruber, Daring Fireball:
iOS 7 is not perfect; this new design framework will evolve and improve over time, just like iOS’s original aesthetic did. But it’s a conceptual foundation that corrects all of the excesses of the original iOS aesthetic. It’s radically different but not disorienting. Less flashy, less bling, more subtle, more refined.
In its current incarnation, iOS 7 already radically changes the future of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It removes the constraints of iOS 6 and forces developers to think outside of the box again, to deliver the refreshing experience that everyone has been clamouring for. And over the coming months and years, it’s only going to get better.