Apple recently announced, iOS7, the newest version of their mobile
operating system. Although still in the development stage, iOS7 appears
to be the most dramatic change in graphic style since 2000. The familiar
stereo-effect is gone in favour of flat icons, subtle gradients, and a
cartoon cut-out style.
Some disappointed 3-D lovers criticise the operating system's new style
direction calling it "ugly" and "inconsistent" and pointing out problems
with overlapping icons. Usability issues overshadow well-received
features, like iTunes Radio, and are generating a growing opinion that
iOS7 is far from ready and that the development team are in a hurry to
As developers, test driving iOS7 can be a lesson in attention to detail.
Because users naturally interpret interface bugs as incomplete and broken
systems, it's important to test from an end-user point of view and be
sure that the graphic elements are consistent throughout. Thorough
testing will ensure that no bugs or graphic problems linger on in the
officially released version.