iOS 7 is one of the most unique and biggest changes Apple has ever made to it's OS. It has a completely new design that shocked a lot of people. When first unveiled designers took to twitter with some pretty harsh comments. Check out the demo for iOS 7 here. Some designers even went as far as redesigning iOS 7, specifically the icons.
In this post, I will break down the new OS showing various screens from iOS 6 and how the changed in iOS 7. I have labeled them, but just to be clear iOS 6 is on the left and iOS 7 is on the right. Basically this is a showcase of iOS 6 Apps vs iOS 7 Apps, for the sake of clarity.
The first noticable change is the lock screen. It is now much simpler and involves a thinner font. It also does not have bars to slide, simply slide from the left to unlock.
Next up is the notifications screen. Very different from before it does not appear to have twitter and facebook post buttons. The emphasis is on the calendar much more now.
All-in-all siri is very similar to before. Now, however, when you speak that line moves in audio waves. It is the same basic design with less shine and a simpler interface.
The mail screen is very very different. Aside from the obvious minimal icons and thin fonts it is also very light. However like the other designs it has the same idea, just a more flattened version so to speak.
Multitasking has changed significantly. Now it shows whole screenshots of the apps that are open and also is much bigger. It is less subtle and more noticable. From a usability perspective it seems much more complicated now.
Messages have changed a lot. They are now very very minimal, and the keyboard has changed as well. The top seems a little cluttered.It seems a bit more squished in iOS 7.
Weather is very minimal now. It also changes with cool animations to display the current weather which is pretty cool. However it seems a little light, depending on the weather, and may be hard to read.
The camera screen became much much uglier if you ask me. It looks so odd with that big red button. Aside from that the top is relatively similar. The biggest change is probably the bottom with the slide to change capability.
Photo albums are still pretty similar. The are simply more minimal and switched around a little. They also show a little more information about each photo which may be helpful.
A few new features include airdrop which makes image sharing super easy, and iTunes Radio which is somewhat like Pandora or Spotify. It allows you to buy music directly from it which is quite nice.
The final new feature is control center. This is a comprehensive dropdown menu to control music, brightness, flashlight, camera, calculator, and the watch apps. It is quite amazing and seems to be one of the most sought after features to come with iOS 7.
All in all the new designs are relatively new, however most accomplish the same tasks. It will be interesting to see how Apple refines and works on these apps while pushing through the beta stages. I feel like a fair amount of changes are necessary before the final launch.