I usually like Apple’s products. But even after using iOS 7 for a few weeks now, I’m not convinced about it. I like the new look, but it doesn’t add anything. I can’t do anything now that I couldn’t do before. And there are several things that I don’t like. Firstly, what’s up with iBooks? After upgrading to iOS 7 on my phone and iPad, I launched a number of apps and started getting used to the new look. Then I ran iBooks. “JARRING” was the word that immediately came to mind. It still has the old look and feel totally out of place in the new look. Weird. Seems like a real miss for Apple.
The other thing that I’m not clear on is this: why is it that when you pull up from the bottom of the screen you get a panel with a light grey background, but when you pull down from the top the background is a darker grey? Shouldn’t they be the same color? But even more significant from a UI perspective is that they hide those elements. You have to know that they are there or you have to stumble across them. Doesn’t that break some basic User Interface rule? There is an affordance on the lock screen, but there is nothing on the home screen to let you know that you can pull up or down. How many more hidden features are there that I’ll never know about? Granted, there are other methods to get to all of the functionality that is in those drawers. But I think there should be some kind of affordance for those drawers.