Apple released iOS 7 last month with a brand new interface and a host of new features. While there were some download issues at the onset, Apple’s servers soon met the demand for the new OS. There are still a few bugs or errors users are reporting, but it appears Apple is addressing issues at a rapid rate. One update has already been released and a second major update is rumored to be coming soon.
Users are starting to decide what Apple got right and what they need to improve within the new iOS. At T-GAAP we have already looked at the 3 top features for iOS 7. Today we take a look at what Apple needs to do in order to improve in their latest mobile operating system:
Consistent and Deeper Interface: It is nice to see Apple move away from a skeuomorphic interface that dominated iOS 6, yet they swung the pendulum too far in the other direction for much of the interface. Some elements are hard to understand without previous knowledge or guess work. The interface is also inconsistent. Some buttons have a border, some are just text, and others are just colored plain boxes. The result is a lack of continuity, nor is it immediately easy to understand. Apple added an excellent thin font to the interface, but now they need to improve the interface by seaming together the font treatment with thin lines for interface elements, instead of just text or colored boxes.
App Folder icons: At first, it was frustrating to find out that app folders only contain 9 apps per page instead of an almost full screen found in iOS 6. After using the interface for a week, it soon become apparent that this just allows the user to see what is in the folder before opening it. The icon still looks poor with tiny icons on a plain rounded square. Apple needs to make the background a little less plain to improve the look of the folder. It would still be nice to have the option of adding more to the folder’s first page than just 9 apps.
Clock App Improvements: Adding the Control Center was a great improvement for iOS 7. Accessing the calculator, light, clock, and camera with one flick is really nice. The glaring hole is with Apple's clock app, as it desperately needs additional functionality. The clock app has multiple clocks and alarms, but only one stopwatch and timer. There are other apps with multiple stopwatches and and timers, but they are not accessible through the Control Center. Apple needs to add multiple timers and stopwatches like it does for alarms.
iOS 7 has brought major changes in the user interface. Some users love the new design and others hate it. There are many great new features in iOS 7 like Control Center and Background App Updates, but iOS 7 is not perfect and still needs improvements. We looked at three things Apple should change, but there are certainly more. If you think of something you want Apple to change and/or add, leave a comment below.