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My impression on seeing iOS 7 on my iPhone was: Exactly what’s this, a My Little Pony style?

But after inspecting, examining, deconstructing and living with the brand-new variation, I prepare to declare iOS 7 an unambiguous masterpiece, a stroke of brilliant, actually.

That could sound like an odd thing to state about a fruity, copycat platform that crashes continuously. However it holds true, and I’ll inform you why.

iOS 7 works with iPhone hardware – finally!

About a year ago, I banged Apple’s accept of skeuomorphic design as irregular, cheesy, unsightly and, worst of all, out of sync with Apple’s extremely strong hardware design sensibility.

But it hadn’t been just skeuomorphic weirdness. The overall design of the iOS interface was cluttered with low-grade tawdriness that contrasted discordantly with the iPhone’s amazingly gorgeous, minimalist, functional and clean hardware design.

Specifically, the user interface design had a tendency toward the arbitrary. Why confine dialog box information in rounded-corner boxes? Why put decorative starbursts and gloss and other things on the icons. The old interface had a lot of arbitrariness, and the new one has hardly any.

iOS 7 contrasts with iPhone hardware in an excellent way

In addition to being visually suitable, the new OS contrasts colorwise. The hardware is: mimimum color (black or white and metal all over). The software is: optimum color. The overall result of this contrast is striking and attractive.

iOS 7 design takes interface response to an entire new level

This is what Apple is really proficient at – making mobile hardware respond appealingly to the touch. Nearly every user communication with iOS 7 sets off an instant and smooth reaction by the interface, and a high-performance one that makes sense rather than being a low-cost trick.

Tap an icon, and there’s a perfect zoom transition where the icon ends up being the full-screen window. Close the window and it zooms back into an icon. When you tap on a folder icon, then tap on an app icon, it feels really good becuase you are focusing very first to the microscopic, then to the atomic.

When you tap on the now-circular empty phone buttons, they are instantly filled strong with gray, which then quickly fades back to their original vacant or white state. It’s emotionally pleasing to push them because of the visual feedback.

The calculator buttons react with the same change-then-fade-back timing as the phone buttons, but with a various animation. A thick black line quickly surrounds each number key when you press it, then swiftly ends up being thin prior to going back to its initial super-thin state. The Psycological impact is that the button is being physically pressed.

Double-pressing the physical home button raises a recently designed multitasking bar where you can swipe with running applications. This is the feature critics say Apple swiped from the Palm Pre, and this charge is basically true. Nonetheless, Apple has made some cool improvements to Palm’s user interface.

When you are in a full-screen application and double-press the home button to obtain to the multitasking view, the Palm used to zoom out with the ‘card’ you were running in the center. iOS7, on the other hand, zooms out but guesses at and zooms to the ‘card’ you want next. It’s usually actually efficient thinking.

The other cool thing is that the icon of each running app appears below its screen. Although the cards reveal the full card of one app in the middle and half the display of each card to the left and right, the icons are shown in complete. That indicates when you swipe to the next card, the icon moves at a regular speed, but the cards move much faster. This really has a practical benefit: Swiping throughout the cards moves the lineup of apps gradually. Swiping across the icons moves is quickly. Simply puts, it’s two-speed swiping, and you choose the speed by where you swipe.

The Game Center categories are stood for by unusual floating bubbles. Tapping on one triggers the selected bubble to recoil quickly in feedback, then all the bubbles reduce and fly off the edges of the screen, leaving you in the chosen category.

When you are in the photo view, you see what the cam sees, of course. When you tap the home button, the video camera view goes incredibly blury extremely quickly prior to the app shrinks down into its icon.

These are just a couple of small examples. What’s very important is that Apple has actually taken the very best element of the iOS user interface – the responsive physics – and has actually taken it to a whole new thrilling degree.

iOS 7 returns Apple to its design roots

After Steve Wozniak created the computer with the Apple II, Apple’s next huge contribution to the field of interface design was putting a strong graphics design imprint on the platform. Steve Jobs made use of to say that a college caligraphy training motivated him to add lovely typefaces to the original Mac, as an example.

iOS 7 is shockingly well-rooted in a print-graphical design sensibility. It uses a typeface called Helvetica Neue UltraLight. It’s the sort of face you ‘d see in a lustrous design publication, not beneath icons. It’s likewise a typeface that’d have been impossible to make use of on a sub-Retina display.

In fact, the whole design is a pure creature of Retina-quality pixel densities. Apple uses some unbelievably thin lines, tiny icons and fine-tuned strutures and shapes.

iOS 7 has global appeal

Early accounts of iOS 7 fixated on the brilliant colors, made more conspicuous by Apple’s use of semi-transparent displays. When you swipe up from the bottom to reveal a new control panel for commonly used controls, for instance, the colors of the icons behind the display appear in a blurry pastel haze. The purple-pink of the iTunes Establishment icon, the blue-cyan of the App Shop icon and other excessively brilliant icons become a blury screen fulled of Easter-egg colors.

Here’s things: The appeal of one sort of color treatment over another is culturally identified. Apple’s super bright iOS 7 colors have the tendency to shock Europeans and Amerians, who favor significantly dark, bleak, post-apocolyptic color design. (Just take a look at Superman’s brand-new suit!) However super-bright colors like the ones in iOS 7 are perennial favorites with Asia, including China and India, as well as throughout much of Latin America.

In short, Apple’s color design may amaze and dissatisfy jaded Northern and Western urban geeks. But these colors will be an international crowd-pleaser.

iOS 7 de-commoditizes the mobile user interface

Since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, the basic look and feel of smartphone interfaces has become somewhat commoditized. The new iOS 7 separates Apple from the pack a bit more with an incredibly different-looking interface. When this has actually been on the market for awhile, you’ll have the ability to distinguish a range or in an instantaneous whether a phone is an iPhone or not. (This is true regardless of the fact that Apple chose to copy the Android animated wallpaper appearance.)

Regardless of whether you such as or dislike, enjoy or hate the user interface of iOS 7, the overall design is a masterpiece of design, function and market distinction. It’s a terrific thing for Apple, and a great thing for users. The future for Apple’s mobile user interface looks extremely brilliant certainly.