Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Sep 2017 10:59 UTC
Apple

The unfinished feeling in iOS 11 mostly comes from UI and animation. UI elements in iOS are quite inconsistent, mixing a variety of UI elements, which might look quite similar but introduce a disconnected feeling for UX. The inconsistency of those elements majorly stems from those UI element updated in iOS 11, such as Large Title and new Search Bar. In my opinion, those newly introduced elements, which might be unfamiliar and new even to Apple engineers, have caused many inconsistent UI experience in iOS 11.

Many of you will look at this and consider it a bunch of whiny nonsense, but the problem with Apple being lax on details is that it turns into a case of monkey see, monkey do. Third party developers will become lax as well, leading to an overall degradation of UI quality and consistency. This is the last thing iOS, which has never exactly been a visually consistent operating system to begin with, needs.

People go nuts because the ports on the bottom of a Samsung phone - which you effectively never look at - aren't aligned, yet, ever since iOS 7, Apple has basically been winging its iOS UI design and polish.

Something about grading on a curve.

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Valid complaints
by gan17 on Thu 21st Sep 2017 13:09 UTC
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Many of you will look at this and consider it a bunch of whiny nonsense, but the problem with Apple being lax on details is that it turns into a case of monkey see, monkey do. Third party developers will become lax as well,...

Not whiny imho, they're mostly valid complaints.

I haven't even updated to iOS 11 yet (will wait till at least 11.0.2), but a lot of the screenshots I've seen exhibit the same inconsistencies stated by the author. I'll probably find a lot worse after updating. The Control Center in particular looks like some bad widget job you'd get from those aesthetically inept Android skinners on XDA during the Holo-everything era. Ick!!

This isn't anything new on iOS though. I remember issues with fonts overlapping in the early iOS 10 release and rather scrunchy animations in iOS 9. Let's not even talk about iOS 8.

With regards to third-party devs, actually, in my experience with the the third-party apps I use (mostly paid apps), the devs tend to do a better job than Apple with regards to many of these. They can't get away from the stuff Apple mandates or the stuff that uses one of their Core engines/frameworks, but they tend to pay more attention to spacing and margins at least.

The screenshot in that article that really grates me is the one of the iPhone X. Just look at the difference in padding/margin above and below the search bar. WTF?!

Edited 2017-09-21 13:15 UTC

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