Wednesday, September 18, Apple releases iOS 7, a free update for iPhones 4, 4S, and 5, as well as for all iPads 2 and newer. After six weeks of using iOS 7 previews, I find there are some things I’m completely in love with about iOS 7 and some things I hope they fix soon.
In his great review “The perfect balance of ‘new’ and ‘now’” at BGR.com, Zach Epstein points out that one of the worst things about iOS 7 is one of the first things users will see, the new icons.
I have joked about the icons here on BGR and on my Twitter account as well, but in all seriousness, most of Apple’s iOS 7 icons are shockingly bad. Some are just kind of ugly while others are downright embarrassing. I’m really not sure how this could have happened.
It seems trivial, but it’s unbelievable to think that a company known for its designs created these Adult Swim-looking monstrosities. Reminders, Game Center and Newsstand are particularly atrocious.
I have to say I completely agree. The icons are my least favorite part of the redesign. They’re neon bright and visually jarring. On the other hand, once the shock of the bright icons wears off, it’s remarkable how familiar everything feels.
The look of the operating system has indeed undergone some major changes, as has every single Apple-built application. The look is flatter, the colors are brighter and many shapes have been smoothed out. The layouts of Apple’s various apps have for the most part remained unchanged, however, which means there is almost no learning curve for a user who is already familiar with iOS.
After using iOS 7 for a while now, I’ve come to really like it. I’ve come to rely on Control Center for quick access to settings, Airdrop has proven useful more than once, and I love the fit and finish of the animations.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not to upgrade, I suggest going for it (on your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 — I’d choose not to upgrade if using an iPhone 4). Further recommended reading for you doubters here: at ZDNet.