iOS 7 Beta Review

I have been testing out the iOS 7 beta on my personal iPhone and have a few thoughts.  As everyone else we all have likes and dislikes with the iPhone and or whether you love Android.  That said I have had to actually go backward and use a Blackberry Bold for my work phone due to changing roles: it is so frustrating but that is another story.

So the folks at Apple (under Ives leadership ) are changing the way the OS works and more importantly looks.  The major difference you will start to see is that skeuomorphism is dead.  For those of you who don’t know the term it is a design term.  Where you use a new technology however you mimic a design principle that people are familiar with; so in an app like the calendar app you see torn paper at the top or leather trim to look like a desktop calendar.  The attempt also gives a three D look to the UI.  The changes to iOS 7 are apparent.  Everything is flat, clean and transparent.  I do like the changes in general however; being of the Gen X Baby Boomer era; I rely on reading glasses and I am finding the font that is used in the iOS 7 to be hard to read.  I find the font too thin and also some changes to the UI of core apps; like sliding versus pushing take some getting used to.

So I will continue to review and play, it should look really good on my iPad however I will need to come up with a change management plan for the other family members.

2 Responses to iOS 7 Beta Review

  1. I have read that they’re working on the font to make it more readable so we’ll see what the final result will be. I’m also getting, uh, “sensitive” to font size on my mobile devices…

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