The minimalist design of iOS7 is sheer genius

Summary:More attention has been paid to the new iPhones than iOS7 since the launch of both. The more I use iOS7 the more I realize how important it is.

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When iOS7 first was announced a lot was said about the minimalist design. Many put forth how it is a step backward and others downright hated it. Since it's release I have been using it heavily on both an iPad mini and an iPad and I've come to realize the design of iOS7 is sheer genius.

My appreciation of the simpler design of iOS7 didn't happen right away. It's grown the more I use it and especially the more I use other platforms and come back to iOS7.

See related: Mystery: The missing iOS7 keyboard

I've always liked efficient UI designs but never felt as strongly about them until now. It took me a while to figure out why I find iOS7 to be so good to use, and it surprised me when it hit me what makes it so good.

The clean design of iOS7 gets out of my way when I'm using it. Completely. No matter which iOS7 app I use, the interface doesn't interfere with the information I've requested. It doesn't matter if I'm using Calendar, Notes, Safari, or any other iOS7 app, it's as if the interface pulls way back and focusses my attention on the information on display. That's significant because in every case, that's the information I want.

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Calendar event

The simple interface displayed on a crisp, white background is attractive, but it also prevents the UI from overwhelming the importance of the data requested. Whether I ask for a web page, calendar, note, or reminder, it is presented front and center without distraction.

Not everyone will agree with that but that's the way I see it the more I use it. This is an effective UI design as a result. 

Note that I am referring to the app interface design and not the home screen icons. Those are OK but icons are icons. How they look doesn't affect how enjoyable using a device might be for me. But app interface is one of the most important features an OS provides, and Sir Jony Ive hit a homerun with iOS7.


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Topics: Mobility, Apple, iOS, iPad


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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