48 hours with iOS 7

News | Reviews | Thoughts By 4 years ago

It has been 2 days since installing Apple’s latest operating system on my iPhone 5. Here are my thoughts, and the initial comments from the team.

I wont discuss stability issues in the beta OS as this is expected in pre-release software.

On first loading the OS, the distinctive Apple logo appeared reversed with a black Apple on a white background. Seconds later im presented with the standard setup steps from configuring WiFi and logging into iCloud. But the screen felt bigger and brighter. Although most of the navigation controllers were different, flat and almost hidden in the interface, it was simple to figure out. Im not sure if this is because as a user im familiar with the location of Nav controlls on iOS, or if the likes of Gmail and other already flat iOS Apps prepared me for the change.

Nonetheless on opening the home screen there are fewer visual cues to hook into. All the icons are different, brighter with more modern palettes. The fonts clearer and sharper with new status icons and a glass feel.

There are lots new transitions when navigating from screen to screen. Closing an app to the main screen is accompanied by a nice zoom effect.

My major concern for the new UI is how non techie every day mum and dad users will adopt a new look and feel where nothing is familiar. If Maps is any clue, the result of change can be a mass revolt.

For developers

Historically on iOS an update in the operating system usually involves new features like the native share in iOS 6, iCloud, or Native Maps. When supporting older devices you would simply remove a feature or create 2 ways to share, one native and a second for older iOS.

Here is the issue, the entire interface has changed, including the Human Interface Guidelines. The question around the office at the moment is what is the best way to handle multiple UI’s, and if we continue to support iOS 5.

Most of our Apps designed in the last 12 months or so follow a flatter interface which would involve minor tweaks to meet the new design templates. But older Apps may need to either manage 2 entirely different interfaces, or begin to flow a flatter and wider interface into iOS 5-6 Apps.