Apple unveiled iOS 7 this morning, including a dramatic redesign that left many designers gobsmacked. I’m sure I could nitpick this update to death, bemoaning its rough edges and proclaiming it a step backward. But that would be shortsighted.
Firstly (and most importantly), I haven’t used it yet. I’m excited to. Design is more than veneer, right?
Secondly, I used to think this dock looked amazing:
This calls the trustworthiness of my knee-jerk reactions into question. I’ll give Jony Ive and his team the benefit of the doubt.
Some great points from Cap Watkins:
We asked for a revolution and were delivered one which, all complexities considered, amounts to more than any one of our best first launches.
And also from Frank Chimero:
It’s worth remembering that Ive took over Human Interface only 7 months ago, and they redesigned the whole phone in that time. Straight up: seven months is a ridiculous deadline.