What Did You Think of WWDC 2013?

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WWDC continues to be a developer event in almost the purest sense: the press, and therefore the world, is only allowed to see the official opening Keynote, where Apple tends to show off new hardware and software. However, after Tim Cook leaves that stage, a shroud of secrecy descends upon the Moscone event complex in the form of mandatory NDAs. All members of the press leave, and the rooms and halls immediately fill with developers who are anxious to learn about the latest from Cupertino.

Those developers are unable to share any of the information from WWDC. However, they generally share their larger impressions of the direction of Apple as projected by the changes covered in the WWDC sessions. Throughout Twitter and other social networks, the general vibe seems to be one of anticipation, at least for the part of developers. It appears that the changes made this year impress and excite developers, but designers are a little more reserved. Perhaps rightfully so, given some of the more questionable design decisions in what we have seen of iOS 7.

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For example, Rene Ritchie of iMore.com took to TWiT this week and explained how many positive tidbits he’s heard from some of the most influential circle of iOS and OS X developers after WWDC. Marco Arment, one of the first people behind Tumblr and creator of Instapaper, has shared some similar thoughts in a post appropriately titled “Fertile Ground” on his blog:

One of my favorite patterns in our industry is when the old and established are wiped out by disruption, irrelevance, or changing fashions. Like a forest fire, clearing out the old is very destructive and shouldn’t be taken lightly. But what’s left behind is a clean slate and immense opportunity.

I don’t think we’ve ever had such an opportunity en masse on iOS. After what we saw of iOS 7 yesterday, I believe this fall, we’ll get our chance.

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Designers, however, seem to be slightly more hesitant about the direction shown specifically in iOS 7. Certain changes, such as yellow text on a white background, are simply inexcusable, and show that iOS 7 was certainly rushed to release.

So while developers seem to be incredibly pleased by the changes in iOS 7, OS X, and the various other Apple products refreshed after WWDC, how do the users feel about it? Are you excited, or a little put off by the radical design shift?

Post a response / What do you think?