I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the impending iOS 7 design and flat appearance of icons, menus, and the absence of perspective. And the more I think about it, the more turned off I am about the idea of it all.
This is in contrast to the fact that I do like the look of some of my frequently-used apps that are flat. After all, several Google’s iOS apps (except Gmail oddly) are two-dimensional and simplistic, right? But Google has been touting simplicity since its inception so that doesn’t surprise me.
Ok. So the 2-dimensional appearance has earned its rightful place in my iOS world. But here’s the deal for me: it’s the contrast between the larger print, flatly designed appearance of those apps and Apple’s classy, 3-dimensional style with light and mirrored reflections that make the experience of using an iPhone visually satiating.
Without this contrast, I feel as if we’ve returned too far to Apple’s 1980′s roots, and that visual experience will also fall… well… flat.
In a single iOS 7 upgrade, the debate (48 sec) will go from “Look King, [the world] she’s a round like this apple” (58sec) back to “She is flat like your head” (1:08)