Friday, June 14, 2013

iOS 7: Love it or Hate it?

A lot of buzz this week about the iOS 7 design overhaul.  I've been able to give the beta a test drive and my initial reaction was: "Man, this sure looks like a Google app".   The first adjectives that came to my  mind were translucent, flat, colorful, bright and, well......different.  Change is good and is the name of the game in mobile but I sure am going to miss a few things. There was something very comforting about the depth of the traditional iOS look and feel.   Design is an art and very subjective. My colleague published a great blog on design trends and how everything comes back around eventually.  Apple has been practicing what's known as Skeuomorphism.  This is the design approach of making things look like the really do - a wooden bookshelf, buttons so real looking you want to reach out and touch them.  In mobile we are clearly going through what may be referred to as the "flat period".   Here is a side by side comparison of a few of the iOS 7 design changes as compared to iOS 6:

A more comprehensive comparison is here.

If you've already been using apps such as Google's latest iOS app or Mailbox you will recognize a lot of similarities in the styles of these apps and where iOS 7 is headed.  Love it or hate it, flat and colorful is here.  What do you think?

1 comment:

Tyra Lindsey said...

Just downloaded the new iOS 7, sooo HATE IT! My 6 year old could design better. Really Apple? Its sad to see that now you are following 40 steps behind, instead of the usual old trailblazing and making others follow. Steve Jobs is turning over in his grave! This is worse than the Apple maps fiasco. Grow a new sack and return to the head of the pack, be the ALPHA and not the OMEGA. Totally not what is expected of Apple. I am brand loyal but not blindly loyal (innovate please). A polished turd is still a turd. Fix this iOS so it doesn't look like a badly drawn cartoon. I realize that the man (Apple) could give two shits about my opinion but if enough of their customers speak up maybe a miracle can happen.