Thoughts on the new Apple iOS 7

These comments from reviewers might be true. Apple has always had sort of an arrogance that their software is easier to use than everybody else’s. I’ve always found that not necessarily true. My family and friends are always contacting me asking me “how do I do this?” on their iPhones or iPads, because it really is not obvious.

And I have the same issues with Windows 8 that the reviewers mentioned.

It really is just a matter of what people are used to. If they hide the visual clues it will just make it harder.

Well, we’ll see. People will probably just grumble and accept it. And the “fanboys” will be wildly enthusiastic of course.

But people who are used to using a system generally tend to be resistant to change.

Other than the radical UI changes, some of the other new features actually sound quite exciting. I know some friends of mine will be happy about apps automatically updating.

The reviewer comments:

“The new version is almost unrecognizable, which will make it polarizing,” predicted Ovum analyst Jan Dawson. “Some people will love that their phone feels new and different, while others will be disoriented by the newness.”

Raluca Budiu, a senior researcher specializing in usability at the Nielsen Norman Group, said the so-called “flat” design can confuse users, because it can offer fewer signals about where to tap or click. That’s been the case, she said, with Windows 8, which has a very “flat” design.

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