Advocating minimal change is Sean Woodhouse, CEO of consulting company Itty Bitty Apps, which makes the Reveal tool for debugging iOS apps at runtime. "I almost would like it to be like [OS X] Snow Leopard, where they just nailed down all the bugs and just settled things down a bit." Apple ought to just make developers lives easier with the release, he adds.
At Smule, which provides music creation and sharing apps, Nick Kruge, director of design, cites a need for a new navigation framework. "One thing that has been catching my eye a lot since the release of iOS 7 is a design shift to a less visually intrusive and perhaps more intuitive style of navigation," says Kruge. "We are seeing a lot of successful apps abandon common interface elements, such as navigation bars, tab bars, and side menus in exchange for immersive navigation, perhaps even experiential navigation."
Interfaces are emerging that cleverly hide complexity, he said. "It would be great to see a new navigation framework centered around this immediate, bar-less new paradigm that seems to be at the forefront of iOS design. Users would become more familiar with navigating in this way and thus would help this body of design move forward, all while allowing developers to save engineering cycles."
Nowell, meanwhile, is dissatisfied with color contrast on iOS 7. "I frequently see two really bright colors right next to each other," he says. "I'd like to see a lot of visual improvements to the usability of the home screen."
With iOS 7, Apple blazed a new trail, says Rusty Mitchell, creative director at mobile apps developer Mercury Intermedia. "You really can't think of iOS 7 as necessarily the seventh implementation of iOS. It really is kind of starting over." Developers, he said, should assume there will be lots of refinements ahead, but designers have to deal with whatever is dealt to them by Apple.
Roth cites a need for better parental controls in iOS. "This is an area that iOS and both Android have for the most part ignored, and Apple could really be a leader in this area." He suggested enabling limits on usage of apps and Internet filtering. (Apple recently settled a case with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in which children were allowed to run up large purchases of apps on Apple devices. The company will pay at least $32.5 million to customers.)
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