all in all, even though it is a solid under-the-hood iterative upgrade for my favorite mobile computer, i quite dislike the new general sheen that apple has added to iOS 6. it’s hard to pin-point because it’s not a single app that disturbs but an overall feeling. let’s see, first there’s the new share screen:
with its icons trying to mimic the home screen when it should have its own vocabulary, there are not enough services, rendering the icons too spaced away from each other. and don’t get me started on the perforated metal icons which have no other correlation throughout the OS other than the industrial design of the phones themselves. then, there’s the dial pad in the all-important phone application:
what’s with the lonely green call button at the bottom? deserted and decontextualized compared to its grided brothers and sisters who, themselves and for no particular reason, seem to be floating above the background. and what’s with all those colors? the blue, the white, the dark grey, the green, the black, so much visual noise for a simple function! then, there’s the new app store:
which seems to put fewer apps on the front or any subsequent page, seemingly preferring icon art gazing to faster browsing. notwithstanding the fact that the bottom banners will probably be made whole by the iPhone5’s longer body, it doesn’t excuse the cutoffs on the right side which, i am aware, are there to encourage you to swipe over but it is, to borrow an expression, inelegant at best. then, there’s the sparklier weather app:
which does it job reasonably well, as far as telling me if i need a sweater or tanning lotion but the card concept, wasting valuable screen real estate all around has to go. this is a gorgeous display, take advantage of it! then, not new, there’s the newsstand:
still on my home screen even though i have nothing in it. wouldn’t it be great if it only appeared once you bought a magazine. or able at least to be nestled? yes, yes it would. then, finally, the maps:
over-written about but still, that’s my house, why don’t you try and come over?…
there may be designer quibbles but they annoyed me enough to wonder what they’re doing over there with their thousands of employees and billions of dollars, not looking at details like this… where does the buck stop now i wonder.