Sloppy iOS7 UI features immortalized as blog

Sloppy UI collects oddities and screwups in iOS7's new look.

We love Apple. We think this is the best way to point out what's not up to their standards so they can fix it. It's all about intellectual honesty, not trolling.

I'm finding iOS7 fine so far. It's also new, so some slack should be cut, because these issues surely will get fixed. In particular, the comparisons to Android are mistaken: iOS 7's superficial minimalism makes it more like Windows 8, where visual simplicity is applied to something whose underlying complexity remains as it was before. But whereas Windows 8 hides functionality in a way that makes finding important features annoying, iOS 7's new look tries to live with it.

While overlapping widgets are the most obvious problem, the little things are just as telling: inconsistent font sizes on the same line, tiny tap-targets immediately adjacent to large ones, and pale text against pale backgrounds. A lot about iOS7 is about what it looks like and feels like, not how it works.

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  1. Here's another sloppy feature: the long over-due Control Center swipe doesn't work (in many instances, including mine) if the iPhone is in a protective case: the capacitance apparently starts below the screen, and the swipe isn't picked up unless it starts down there. If Jon Ivy replies that the iPhone isn't meant to be used in a case, I will have an actual fit.

  2. that or Google and Samsung three years ago.

  3. The comparisons to Android are entirely warranted. They lifted the chromeless look of Windows Phone 7/8, and the color scheme and additional functionality from Android 4 (e.g. the task switching look/feel, the settings drawer). I have yet to see a fresh design idea.

  4. I understand where you're coming from, because I want the exact opposite, and nobody's making that either.

    How about a phone you can use in pitch darkness with one hand and half your fingers paralyzed, that uses no battery power at all unless you're actually calling someone. With no screen at all, just a mic, speaker, 4x3 keypad and on/off switch. And about the size of a pack of smokes, so you can roll it up in your t-shirt sleeve. Able to withstand being vigorously beaten with a shovel against concrete, and withstand any depth of submersion for any amount of time.

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