iOS 7 The only changes that really matter
By this point most iOS owners have upgraded to the newest system: iOS 7. There has been a lot of gnashing of teeth over the "radical" interface changes and no clear consensus of whether it was too much or not enough.
After spending some time with it I've decided that these are the only things that matter:
- Auto-updating of apps might seem like a small thing, but it's actually huge. Your device shouldn't require constant intervention and this feature saves dozens of interactions a week by automating a process that you would normally do, and be bored by.
- I don't know about you guys but work plays a big role in my life and my workday starts on Monday. As such, when I look at a calendar I want it to visually group my weekend together and begin when my life shifts from play to work--on Monday. After 7 years you can now (finally) change the calendar to do this like you could on your desktop
- Light, airy and flat is the aesthetic du jour which is all well and fine but removing all buttons from the interface was a UI 101 no-no. While the debate is still open about skeuomorphism and whether it adds to detracts from an interface, dropping buttons was simply wrong. Buttons do more than make something digital appear analog--they define the visual limits under which a tap, click or swipe will be recognized and acted upon, as well as alert you to whether or not the text can be interacted with at all! When presented in a row they visually tidy it up by making all of the elements a uniform height. As iOS 7 stands today, using plain text (sometimes of differing size and boldness) is a train wreck and something I was very surprised to see coming out of Cupertino.
Posted by Aaron R. Deutsch on January 17, 2014 11:43 AM
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