iOS7 Design: Yay or Nay?

Apple finally bared its highly-anticipated iOS7 which sports a “stunning new user interface” according to CEO Tim Cook. It’s the first major design overhaul Apple did on the iOS since its first appearance in 2007. It boasts of a lot of new and useful features that Apple has been missing over the years, but did the new design fare?

Observe the new design of the iOS7.

ios7 design

Gone are the slightly detailed and raised icons in favor of flatter ones. However, I’m not seeing the consistency across the icons. For example, Photos, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and Game Center have plain white background but Camera and Settings doesn’t. I think they also overdid it with those psychedelic gradients.

It seems that the icons have been designed by different people. We see the Camera, Weather, and Newsstand having that “clip-art” look. Notes and Reminders looked very elementary unlike the smart design on the Passbook. Things should now be flatter but Game Center still has that 3D look. And check out the Settings icon, somehow it looks like a stove burner to me.

ios7 thin lines on white

iOS has elements with redesigned typography, having big and thin fonts on white background, like what Microsoft has been doing with some of their products. We can see this heavily implemented in Calendar, Mail, Messages, and Clock. It looks good although there are also apps that have regular Arial font on white background.

ios7 camera and safari

The Camera’s video record button looks comically out of place with its design. While the Safari buttons looked like something taken from the pages of Android’s design book.

Overall, it seems that too much cooks spoiled the broth on this one. It looks like Windows Phone’s UI on LSD with some childish-looking icons thrown in the mix. From the design standpoint, it’s a disappointment for a company that has always been known to make good-looking products. Personally, I like the well-thought of and carefully designed look of the old iOS more. At least we’re finally getting Control Center.

So what do you think of iOS7’s looks?


7 Comments

  1. Apple geared the design overhaul for the average iPhone users and clearly not for “techies” like us who will drill into specific details. At the end of the day, once you’ve used iOS 7, you will hardly notice those design inconsistencies. It all boils down to overall UI design overhaul which Apple successfuly carried out in iOS 7.

    • user experience is good… the design interface seemed like a mess when you compared it to the previous design.

  2. Herbert /

    For me, apple wants a redisigned iOS have a good point after 6 generations and they need it for marketing.. and this gives a new life for iOS products. I admit, after I see the unveiling stuff, for me it feels like that I got a new iphone. Though other features are already on cydia (not on android that they claim). But then it feels the OS is so smooth and clean.

  3. kami /

    as long as it made me excited im sold.

    just like herbert, it feels like im having a new phone soon.

    and im sure, its going to be the same or even better UI. smooth and fluid.

    • Herbert /

      Not like android devices. if the phone not hit the market or unsatisfied with its market performance, brand manufacturers never get its OS update.

  4. Edsar /

    Ok na yan kesa naman sa same old boring UI for about 6 years?

  5. Arial font? Oh how little you know.

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