iOS 7 is just unreadable

I feel so depressed and bad about iOS 7. It is just unreadable.

http://www.redmondpie.com/ios-7-vs-ios-6-side-by-side-visual-comparison-images/

I’m 57 years old and don’t have vision problems, but I find the poor contrast and lack of detail and info very hard to read. I have friends with poor eyesight or sensory problems and they are aghast at the new design. And as far as the slide up control center goes – this isn’t a video game. Why make people have to think and guess what the controls stand for? What’s wrong with labeling things?  It looks like some glyph they would include on the original Voyager for aliens.

It’s as though for some “religious design fanaticism” they are taking away readability and usability.

It’s just unbelievable to me that they are doing this.

doug


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iOS 7 is just unreadable — 4 Comments

  1. I think these kinds of design decisions are rooted in the fact that so many programmers and web designers are in their 20’s and 30’s – they value “coolness” over functionality and can’t grasp that regular people just want stuff to work.

  2. That is the problem. Plus there’s an almost religious fanaticism there about their new design. They think they are onto something really great, and they don’t really care if it’s usable or not.

  3. I just “upgraded” to IOS7 on my iPad and am seriously disappointed too. My wife has some vision problems and when I showed it to her, she was quite upset about knowing she will be dragged kicking and screaming into this “update” eventually since it won’t be practical to put it off forever.

    I concur with your assessment that much of what we are suffering from with OS updates of late, whether it be OSX, IOS, or Windows 8, is people who are more concerned with appearance than function (and content). Its what happens when postmodernism meets software development (I say this as a software developer of some 30 years).

    Whether its loss of keyboard functionality, loss of menus for other less-functional UI elements, unnecessary animations, or lack of solid new features because time is wasted on surface aspects, it makes experiences users wonder whether our future efficiency on these devices will actually be going downhill from what we’ve had in the past.

  4. I agree with your comments and commentators and about the assessment of the cause of the problem. There’s nothing wrong with my eye site and even if there was, the point of user friendliness is to make it friendly. My point is that Apple don’t have a mechanism to receive or reply to general complaints from disappointed customers with reasonable gripes. This is just rude, with other products you can simply take it back as not fit for purpose and get your money back. Obviously the upgrade was free but all the hardware that has been made less useful was not.

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