There's a lot not to like about Apple's upcoming iOS release, but I'm finding there's a lot to love, too. What design touches do you find nuanced, interesting, and/or delightful?
That parallax wallpaper stuff. Into it.
ah, live wallpapers. a feature iPhone users have long belittled Android for.
Parallax and Live wallpapers are different. Parallax moves as the device does to provide the illusion of depth, while live wallpapers allow movement within the image, at least as far as I know.
- The ability to block numbers (bye bye Ex girlfriends!)
- One swipe, one tap access to flashlight and alarm clock.
- Multitasking interaction is cool as is the Messages animations/ interactions.
- New camera app design with live filters.
Love the addition of the Control Center, even though I'm not a fan of the way it looks. It's a feature that will be used all the time.
Pages within folders. No more games 01, games 02, games 03.
I've been playing around with the beta for the past day, and I have to say that my favorite thing is the physics in Messages when you scroll.
- The icons in Mail - http://cl.ly/image/2m2p0q233U2w. Elegant, crisp, precise.
- The animations in Weather.
- The simplicity of the address bar in Safari (and the way it disappears as you scroll)
- The new multi-tasking UI. Such an improvement on the iOS 6 attempt.
- The parallax/spatial stuff.
- The feeling of precision that Ive has brought from hardware into the software (e.g. the crispness of the borders in the battery icon matches the crispness of the border around the SIM tray on an iPhone).
Forgot about the thin icons from Mail while I was making my list... YES! I'm excited to see though potentially evolve as we get close to the official release.
Animations baby. They are everywhere and they are amazing. The UI Dynamics apis are great too.
Dynamics is beyond amazing.
Snooze countdown: https://twitter.com/danlebowitz/status/344425323561107456
The long-needed useful stuff - better multitasking, airdrop, control center. The visual design is a mistake.
mostly subtle motion UI details
- Home screen unlock / smoother icon dropping animation
- Background zoom in as you open a folder (and vice versa)
- Slide to switch camera modes
Emoji, they help me more fascinating to communicate with friends.
- The click states of the buttons in the calculator app. So smooth and the buttons are big enough that you see the animation around your finger.
- The level app within the Compass app. It's just a work beautiful minimalism.
- Tapping on the station buttons in the Music app (stack of covers/records).... how they have a subtle rippling bounce.
- In Messages, how as you scroll up and down, the chat bubbles have a springiness to them.
- The lock screen arrangement of buttons as well as their click state.
- The new buttons in the App Store when downloading, how it turns from a button into a progress indicator
- iTunes Radio is shockingly always giving me the best music when I put it on nearly any radio station that I choose.
Snow animation in weather is wonderful.
It's a pity this thread isn't more prominent. There's a lot of hate out there for iOS 7, and I feel that for the most part it is without merit.
I love the feeling of depth throughout the OS. I love the thinner typography. I love the transitions.
Plenty of it feels unfinished. It's almost as though it's a beta release.
On the whole, it feels like this OS is a blank canvas for apps & content. It's an exciting time to be designing interfaces. I feel like I have a real opportunity pushing pixels for iOS in the future.
The actual functions that have been added - practically all of them - are fantastic. There are a million design missteps, but the thought behind the actual OS has a lot to love.
Love the Control Center idea, hate their execution. Looking forward to sending routes to my phone from computer. Going to enjoy Airdrop for iOS. iTunes radio = awesome. Photos = disgusting.
Parallax, Multitasking, Lockscreen, Animations, Control Center