Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
I was a "late" adopter of iOS 7. That is, I updated just a few days ago. I couldn't find a real reason to make the move except for the fact everyone else I knew had. By delaying my update I was able to watch other people’s reaction without any prejudice. I was a mere observer of “Wow, that’s cool” or “Why doesn’t this work like it did in iOS 6?!”.
What's interesting is there is a lot in iOS 7 that is just different. The new über thin font is a glaring example. People say it now looks more like Yahoo!’s weather app or Google treatments. Font treatment is just a stylistic change. It doesn't make anything more readable, it doesn't take less space, it’s just different. The change is like going from bell-bottom 70's jeans to straight leg 501’s in the 80’s. Both were pants, but one was cool during a certain era and another was not.
An interesting experiment would be if iOS 6 had the über thin font and iOS 7 then look like iOS 6 did. I wonder how many people would be carrying on how the font is better now that it is thicker, or that the interface is deep and not so flat? There’s no way to know, but it would be fun. Sometimes these updates remind me of Dr. Seuss’ Yellow Belly Sneeches story.
Beyond different, iOS 7 has added some additional functionality. iOS 7 goes beyond wearing a star or two or five on your belly because it is the latest craze. Control Center is a great example. Flip from the bottom and get to a myriad of tools that required several clicks in iOS 6. Notification Center also received several modifications that make it far more useful than iOS 6’s version. There is also the addition of iRadio and additional camera enhancements. For the iPhone 5S owner there is the seamless merge of hardware and software in Touch ID.
What surprised me most though was that while I knew the graphics and visual layout was going to be “flat” (I had heard others drone on about this fact for over a week) Apple took sounds the other direction. Sounds in iOS 7 are deeper, richer — fatter as a friend of mine in the music biz would describe. They have a depth to them that make iOS 6 sounds feel flat. So one way with the visuals, and another with sounds.
Is iOS 7 different? Yeah. But better? Yes. It took me less than a couple of hours to adjust to the differences and the improvements were definitely worth the update.
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