For The iOS7 Haters…

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A lot of people dislike iOS 7. They can’t stand it. They are passionate about hating it. Even rabid Apple fans. I don’t quite get it, though I am trying to understand where they are coming from. Personally, I love iOS 7.

To me, the obvious reason almost any non-designer, regular user doesn’t like iOS 7 is because they are not used to it. People don’t like change. Previous iterations of iOS were very similar—Apple’s mobile operating system hadn’t really changed aesthetically in any significant way for years. I keep wondering… what if iOS had previously looked like it does now with iOS 7. People would probably be used to that and would be complaining if it had changed to look more like iOS 6.

Think about this for a moment: if you could make iOS 7 look and function any way you wanted, what would it look like? That’s a serious question that I hope you take time to answer in the comments below. I don’t mean what Android features would you want to see. I mean what original features or aesthetics would you want to see. Most people will probably have a hard idea coming up with any substantial changes. It’s hard to be creative and even harder to be original. Jony Ive and company, in my humble opinion, have done an excellent job of doing both.

I overheard someone say the other day that iOS 7 was a reactionary change Apple implemented because of Android advances. In this I disagree. The iPad Mini was reactionary. iOS 7 was visionary. It had the guts to head in a bold new direction and shed the familiar. Bright colors, flat icons, a revamped notification center, scrolling folders. I love it all.

Are there features not found in iOS 7 that can be found in other smartphones? Of course. Are they killer features? I don’t think so, personally. I’d rather AirDrop a file to a friend or co-worker than bump phones together. I simply don’t need to control my phone via hand gestures. I would never choose a non-iOS device over an iPhone or iPad because it could pause a movie when I looked away. These types of features are trivial, frankly, and Android users have admitted to me that they are mostly gimmicky. If there is any functionality I want to extend my device with… there’s the world’s most comprehensive App Store to browse through.

What I am driving at is that for me, less is almost always more. I applaud Apple for not trying to “keep up with the Joneses” by adding every little feature found on other devices. I don’t want features. I want good, or even great, features. Useful features.

All of this is not to say that iOS 7 is somehow a gigantic advance in the style of Steve Jobs himself. Apple has hit a bit of a lull in terms of hardware and software that really makes you say, “Wow!” like the first iPhone or iPod or iMac did. But iOS 7 doesn’t suck. If anything, it blows the competition away.

When I hear iPhone or iPad users complain about iOS 7, my first question is: “Have you ever tried an Android device?” Their answer is oftentimes, “No.” I wish every iOS user would do themselves a favor and go to the nearest Best Buy, Staples or Office Depot and tap around on an Android tablet for awhile. Give the Nexus a try, or a Galaxy device, a Nook or a Kindle Fire. Then tell me you like those interfaces more than iOS 7.

To me, as a designer and a consumer, Android in it’s many forms is ugly. It feels like Windows 3.1 on many devices such as a Galaxy phone. There’s no uniformity: icons are circles, they’re squares, they have transparent backgrounds. Elements and actions seem to have no purpose. Apps are stacked against the bottom of the screen to make way for a search bar or a giant clock. iOS is about beautiful utility and order. Android is about search and a giant clock. It feels chaotic. On the Kindle Fire it’s just plain terrible.

The one somewhat legitimate I have heard about iOS 7 concerns the size and color of the app name labels. Older people tell me it is harder for them to read. Perhaps, if Apple determines there is merit to this, they will look into an adjustment, or, more likely, they have already given this a great deal of thought and have decided it’s great the way it is. It has never been an issue for me.

The truth of the matter is, it’s hardly worth complaining about. You’ll get used to it soon enough 🙂

There are 5 comments. Comment?

  • Depends on your age. It’s interface look is the issue with hard to read words for older people and with accessibility, the interface is just ridiculous. Further, it’s forced on us. Even if we try it you can’t downgrade. I have use iPad since April 2010 with the fist generation.

  • Sorry, the Safari app crashed. To finish, I’m still having update problems with podcasts subscriptions and random crashes or apps not working. I can deal with the eye candy but everything has to work.

  • Big Apple fan; way back, but I’ve hated ios7 from the moment it infected my phone six weeks ago, and I will hate it a little more every time I’m reminded it exists. I particularly hate it when I’m condescendingly told that I just need to get used to it, or that I just fear change. My phone’s interface was replaced with a hideous one, and I’m forbidden to get it back the way it was. Why should I have to adapt to arbitrary aesthetic changes?

    The icons are for the most part uglier, the clock and calendar apps have have red & white color schemes that look like Target ads, white text on blue or green bubbles for text messages look like shit and are harder to read, and the mail program now says “just updated” instead of giving the time it updated (which since it takes a moment to figure out that it has not actually “just updated” when I open the app, makes this app function objectively worse). All of these were completely arbitrary and unnecessary changes.

    Apple could fairly easily just allow a little more customization of the look and feel of iPhones, or allow third-party developers to do so. Why should the color of text messages be dictated from on high? How is that in the spirit of the company that introduced font options to word processing? Instead we all have to get with the new style or have a retrograde ios (which I would gladly go back to, were I not prevented from doing so).

    I’m not saying I don’t see redeeming qualities. Control Center might make it all worthwhile if I didn’t activate it by accident two or three times for every time I do on purpose. But even if I loved Control Center to distraction why should getting it require me to change the aesthetic of my phone? It shouldn’t.

    • Hi Benjamin,

      Thanks for the heartfelt comment. I can tell you really care about this issue. Of course you are free to have your own opinions and it is obvious we heartily disagree with each other here. What Apple does is very hard. On the consumer end we get to sit around and complain and make judgements, but the people that actually make the products put a lot of hard work into them. Consumers put no work into them. They worked hard on it… you didn’t. We both know you’re not going to go out there and make something you think is better. So the only real way for people who dislike iOS7 to put their money where their mouth is is to buy an Android or Windows phone, effectively.

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