So I downloaded and installed iOS7 today on my iPhone.
- As a big believer of the white text on a black background the new white interface is a bit jarring for me. I find it a bit too bright and spent some time looking for a GB-esque change-to-black theme button, alas white it is.
- The icon redesign is not to my liking. When the screen popped up for the first time my first impression was that of a display case phone with a fake OS sticker on the screen. The previous icons had a nice subtle pop - now everything looks a little too simplistic for my taste. I'm sure those that favor a minimal design philosophy might like it though.
- They took out the ability to quickly tweet from the notification center, which was something I used often. A lot of people claim online that it's much easier to Tweet with Siri now, but I can't imagine myself sitting in the office and murmuring "Siri Tweet, butt feeling crazy itchy again, must be monday!"
- As per Apple standard modus operandi, some things got slower instead of being snappier. When your phone is locked and off, pressing the home button doesn't instantly pop your screen on, but rather it kinda fades in. Not a huge deal but I liked the previous snappiness.
- The bottom settings screen is really handy for making quick changes that would otherwise have sent you to the settings menu.
- Switching between applications has not only gotten a facelift but functionally it is easier to close apps by swiping them up, and I enjoy the preview.
- The browser has gotten even more minimalistic with swipe controls which is great when using the smaller iPhone to browse the net as opposed to an iPad.
- The small changes to the camera and photos are pretty nice.
- Animated backgrounds are.. neat.. I guess? Haven't tested if they work with GIF's or what but it has potential to be really cool.
- airDrop is a handy feature
Overall the changes were significant enough to really throw me off - I've been using iPhones for a while now and I almost felt as lost as in Windows 8 for a few minutes. That said, apart from the exclusion of the quick tweeting from the notifications tray none of the changes seem "bad" for me personally. I think a lot of it is simply a matter of getting used to the new look. What do you guyz (and girls, lol, like girls use phones right!) think?