Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Sep 2013 22:01 UTC
Apple

Interesting site that compares iOS 6 applications to their iOS 7 counterparts.

A few things stand out. First, while I dislike the look of iOS 6 applications, they at least look a lot less confusing than their iOS 7 counterparts - easier to read, clearer buttons, better contrast in the colour palette, that sort of thing. Second, many of them, like iOS 7 itself, are quite bright. I'm used to the darker colours of Windows Phone and Android, and iOS 7 is a heck of a lot brighter. Three, there's a lot of Holo and Metro influences in there.

I have actually played with several of the iOS 7 betas, and found none of them particularly convincing. This look has a lot of growing up to do.

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Opinion...
by galvanash on Wed 18th Sep 2013 06:26 UTC
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From the perspective of generalized design ethos, I see some things I like, and some things I don't...

Likes

1. Less gradients - they were getting tedious.
2. Less use of bold fonts when there is no reason.
3. More whitespace, less use of borders to break up listings.

Dislikes

1. Buttons are becoming harder to visually discern, all pretense of a system button "style" seems gone now.
2. The blurred multi-color background effect is going to quickly replace gradients on my tedious list.
3. The color scheme used for system apps is an invitation for tasteless developers to go nutz with some truly awful retina scarring choices...

Sacrilege...

The status bar! It is supposed to be black. At the very least it should be the same color everywhere. WTF? That seems to me to be a very uncharacteristic choice for Apple, they have historically treated the system menu/status bar like it was a temple. Now developers can just smear it with any old color they want?

I get the whole "chromeless" thing and all that, but that is going to far. It was black so that it looked like part of the bezel. That was the point. Why make it look like part of the app when it in fact isn't??? You could already hide the status bar if you really wanted to go chromeless, so why?

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RE: Opinion...
by puenktchen on Wed 18th Sep 2013 09:19 in reply to "Opinion..."
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2007-07-27

The status bar! It is supposed to be black. At the very least it should be the same color everywhere. WTF? That seems to me to be a very uncharacteristic choice for Apple, they have historically treated the system menu/status bar like it was a temple.


The menu bar of OSX has been translucent since 10.5 so iOS isn't the first Apple OS to do such frivolous things to the menu bar.

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RE[2]: Opinion...
by galvanash on Wed 18th Sep 2013 10:12 in reply to "RE: Opinion..."
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

The menu bar of OSX has been translucent since 10.5 so iOS isn't the first Apple OS to do such frivolous things to the menu bar.


Good point... I forgot about that, I disabled it way back when that added it. But still, translucent is not the same thing as completely transparent. And at least it is consistent in OSX, it doesn't change colors when I switched between apps (if I actually used it) since it is the wallpaper that bleeds through. Regardless though, it was and is an awful idea - but in iOS 7 it is 10x worse.

Edited 2013-09-18 10:15 UTC

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