Here’s my 2 cents. First things first, I bought an iPhone and I do not want it to look like an Android.
So they’ve lost me on the design. There’s an elegance in iOS 6 that I much prefer, note the picture on the left … maybe I just like shadows. Next, I’m not fond of form taking precedence over function. Transitions are pretty but if that’s all it is without any function, it feels like a percentage of the profits I’m contributing to is going to waste. My question is this, what’s with the icons flying in each time I ‘open’ my phone? Like I said, I don’t want my iPhone to look like a Samsung, if I did, I’d buy the Samsung Note 3. So much for “We don’t add features simply because we can, because it’s technologically possible. We add features only when they’re truly useful. ” because I want to know what is Parallax for?
I also really don’t like when you change gestures for no apparent reason. Like left to right swipe for Delete is now right to left. Also, to ‘close’ apps it’s no longer holding onto an icon but swiping upwards. It really isn’t a big deal but like that pebble in your shoe, it can be rather annoying. I don’t know if anyone on the design team gave it any thought, which seems to go against the ethos of Apple, when you have to relearn something with no real benefit, it’ll usually bug your user.
That said, I do like some improvements. Like Control Centre, very much appreciated there and Airdrop but why oh why doesn’t Airdrop work between iOS devices and your Mac? The iTunes Radio, I really like 🙂 As you can tell, at the moment I’m not a huge fan of iOS 7 so I might be reviewing an Android device a lot sooner than I expected or made to eat this post when I find out what Parallax is truly useful for 🙂