“Apple iOS 7 is still in beta, and some or all of its visual cues (and even features) could alter before its official launch in autumn. But that hasn’t stopped critics from wading in with trenchant criticism of Apple’s new mobile operating system for iPhone and iPad,” David Price reports for Macworld UK. “n fact, minor changes to the look of Apple’s own app icons in iOS 7 have already been made, if images temporarily (and probably mistakenly) shown on Apple’s website are any indication.”
“9to5Mac noticed that four of the iOS 7 icons – Weather, Reminders, Passbook and Newsstand – were different on Apple’s website (for a while) to the ones shown off at WWDC last week,” Price reports. “In the main these were small tweaks to the colour palette. Newsstand has a grey background instead of white, Passbook’s lower third is a light green instead of orange, and the four dots on the Reminders icon are all different colours. Only Weather has changed significantly, with an entirely new design that shows the temperature replacing the cloud and sun of last Monday.”
Price reports, “(9to5Mac reports that the altered icons have since been taken down.) Small changes indeed – if indeed these are genuine changes we can expect in the beta, rather than old designs that someone mistakenly put on the site for a while. Still, coming barely a week after the grand unveiling, these serve as a handy reminder that the design is not finished, and that the cosmetic details which criticism has often focused on remain a work in progress.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Yes, and it’s only beta 1. Much remains a work in progress. It’s not for public consumption and things like icons, colors, etc. shouldn’t be criticized as if it’s a shipping product. (And, boy, with each passing day we’re loving the way it works more and more! The layers, the zooming, the flow of the UI, etc. – it’s all for the better. It’s making us reach for our iOS 7 beta 1 iPhones over all other non-iOS 7 iPhones and iPads.
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