August 08, 2013
Recently, iOS 7 was released to developers to demo and give feedback to Apple. I’m writing this blog post today to give my feedback on the new OS after a week or two using it on my 4th generation iPad. And yes, in the beginning during the 2013 WWDC stream when the guy on stage presented the new iOS software to everyone in the room, I was one of the hundreds of designers on Twitter raging about how awful the new icons looked. After a week or two of use, I still don’t like them.
First off, they increased the border radius, making the edges look rounder. I feel that this makes the icons feel more bulky and fat. The previous border radius was fine, in my opinion. Next, the gradients on the icons. Some of the icons have gradients, others don’t. There’s no consistency here. The only icons that look semi-decent are the photos, maps, and photo booth. The other ones are horrible. For example, the gradient for iTunes looks like bubble gum.
The mail icon is poorly done, too. Looks like the only thing they did was use the exact same icon for the App Store, but reversing the gradient and adding a mail icon. The reason why these icons need to be changed is because they won’t look good with the other apps, and they look like they were done by an Apple employee’s six-year-old son. And the sad part is, more redesigns on Dribbble look better than what Apple did.
The absence of a weather and calculator app on the iPad brings me great frustration. I thought Apple would finally add these to the new update. If not a calculator, at least a weather app! I’m constantly checking the weather. Another thing that irritates me is how the navigation items like, “back” and “cancel” don’t look like buttons. They’re just text without any indication of a button. I feel like when I click on them, nothing will happen.
After rambling about how much I hate the color choices of Apple, let’s talk about the good stuff iOS 7 has to offer. The implementation of Control Center is something that I find useful, especially the ability to change brightness and toggle airplane mode. Also, it can be accessed from anywhere! Some small things like the live clock icon, the subtle animations when locking and unlocking your device, and the semi-transparent parts of the apps are very classy. And thank GOD they allow us to put unlimited apps in folders.
In the past I’ve been irritated by how the search feature was implemented. I would always press the home button too many times, bringing me to the search option instead of the actual homepage, and I always found myself mistakingly typing something in the search field. Now, they put it in a better place. All you have to do now to activate it is drag from the middle of the screen to the bottom.
In conclusion, iOS 7 brings a much better UI and UX to the table, but not so good colors and icons. But hopefully we’ll see a change in the future.