20 hours ago, vesuvius wrote
The new design is available. Personally, I thought they would go far much further, but they are probably going to phase in their design progressively getting flatter and flatter.
the music player on the right is pure "Metro" inspiration, Jensen Harris and the team @ Microsoft should feel flattered
Go much farther. Why?
Here's the thing: Apple does not build stuff for geeks. They wouldn't make wholesale changes to the UI just for the sake of it. That sort of thing just annoys the customer base for no good reason. As for going flat and monochrome? They went for the opposite of flat and monochrome; they went for brighter colours and 3D. Not sure how the UI would look against different backgrounds, but beta testers say that the UI colours adjust depending on what's in front and behind. Still, I'll wait and see...
Secondly, Apple doesn't innovate. It takes a look at what's out there, nicks it and puts it together in a better package, and that's what it sells. In fact, most of Apple's success probably comes from watching the mistakes of others. I imagine that Ive must've seen the reaction to Microsoft's overhaul of the desktop and decided to reign in his desire to run the whole OS from a single, 'simple' icon. Most of iOS7 has been borrowed from WebOS by the looks of it: the unshaded UI (not the big monochrome tiles from Windows, which I'm glad about). The new app switching thingy is a direct lift from WebOS (even uses the same swipes), and the control centre is very similar to the one that runs in Android. Thinking about it, I shouldn't be surprised: WebOS was designed by ex-Apple bods. They also bought a big wodge of Palm patents earlier in the year; now we know why. They lifted stuff from Windows Phone8 (the typography is very similar if you ask me) that I like and left out all the stuff that I didn't like – so I'm a very happy bunny.
More things I like:
The activation-lock. Stops folk from reselling stolen phones. Once word gets out then it should hopefully see the number of iPhone thefts fall.
The control centre: Nice, but I don't think I'll use it much
The cloud keychain: This'll make folk nervous.
Improvements in the multitasking: Now we can actually get a little more detail from the live icons. However, I'm hoping that we won't end up with a screenful of icons that shift and change for no good reason.
I can get a female voice on Siri! About time!
Tighter integration with OSX and iCloud: expected. They've pushed file tagging to the fore, which means that they're getting folk ready to say goodbye to the hierarchical file system.
iWorks Web! Pages, Numbers and KeyNote in a browser.
Things I didn't like:
No mention of app development for AppleTV.