Some further thoughts on #iOS7
The fundamental mistake that the anti-skeuomorphic movement makes is to think that they can replace visual cues with semantics. iOS 7 is great example of this fallacy; you can replace buttons with text, but unless "Next" is INVARIABLY in the upper right hand corner of the screen, it doesn't work. The result is user frustration, which combines with the shock effect of the aesthetic changes in the UI to produce criticisms like "it's ugly," when really what's meant is "It's hard to use."
Yes, that's right. I just said it: Apple has made iOS harder to use
. When the iPad first came out, I looked at it and thought that it would be the ideal device to replace the aging laptop that my elderly mother uses. Looking at that same device with iOS 7, I could never say it. It's not that it's not more powerful, or that iOS 7 doesn't do anything better than iOS 6. There are real improvements under the hood, and many of the places where skeuomorphics didn't make any sense should
have been changed. But over all, this update takes a device that was fairly intuitive to use and makes it far less so.