Apple continues to tweak iOS 7.1 interface with beta 3 release

When Apple unleashed iOS 7 on the world, it was met with what can only be described as a hostile reception. Most users vented over the UI; it was bold, bright and colourful (possibly something Apple aficionados aren’t or simply dislike from the feedback online). One user went as far as to sue Apple for the inconvenience(s) that iOS 7 brought him and there’s even a Facebook page called “I Hate Ios7.”

So, what do you do if you’re Apple? Continue to press ahead with your current strategy, tweaking some design elements of the UI, that’s what!


iOS 7 keyboard on the left, iOS 7.1 beta 3 on the right

With iOS 7.1 beta 3 being released to developers yesterday, the OS has been picked apart by curious techies wanting to know what’s different. So far it’s mainly design changes that have been reported, with changes to the phone call UI, dialler, slightly darker icons and the option to 'Reduce White Point' (which apparently make the whiteness of iOS 7 a little less white).

Add this to the already implemented changes in beta 1 and beta 2, and it seems that Apple is trying to both stick with its current design roadmap and keep the end user happy. Only time will tell if the already angered user will be appeased with these changes.

So, what do we think? Have any of you used any of the iOS 7.1 beta releases, or have you been happy with the iOS 7 look and feel in the past three months? You know the drill, comment away!

Source: CultofMac | Images courtesy of Apple, CultofMac, MacRumours and iPhoneHacks

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cristian.dan said,
I personally like the iOS 7 and the keyboard layout from the left picture. I hope they aren't going to destroy the beauty of it.

Doubt it. All they appeared to do was bold the glyphs slightly and change the Shift key highlight.

To be honest it took roughly two days for me overcome my dislike of iOS7, and now, it's fine. I made some changes like fonts (bolder) and what not, and it performs well.

Same thing with Windows 8. At first I hated it. The more I used it, the more I realized I was far more productive. When I added Office 2013 to the mix of Windows 8, let's just say I wish my iPhone was as productive.

If I could get a Metro UI for my iPhone or my Nexus 4 or Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, I honestly wouldn't have a care in the World. My personal opinion is the Metro UI is first truly innovative idea MS has had in years and it really does work.

Anyone know if b3 still requires activation? I was running b1 on my iPad2 and tried updating it to b2 but it failed to activate since Apple was limiting the b2 release to "true" developers and not just additional users on a developer's account. Can I go ahead and update to b3?

I've seen too many comments on other sites by people commenting on how this update looks without knowing what Apple have done 'under the surface'. You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, yes you may think it looks awful but you don't know what performance features it provides without actually testing it.

But that's exactly how non-technical people will naturally behave. They don't know (or care) about the innards or how beautiful the code is, only what they can see and touch and use. Also most people are resistant to change, even if the change may be a significant improvement over what they've used for years (growing accustomed to quirks and deficiencies). This holds true for users of all tech, not just Apple fans.

While they are changing something on the keyboard, then why can't they add lowercase letters to the keyboard when you are using lowercase letters?

Yeah because 'CAPS LOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL'. That must be more important that seeing the right letters.

Exynos said,
While they are changing something on the keyboard, then why can't they add lowercase letters to the keyboard when you are using lowercase letters?

What?

stevan said,

What?


Do you know the differences from lowercase to uppercase letters?

And do you know the differences in seeing only uppercase letters (CAPS LOCK) even when you write lowercase letters or by seeing lowercase letters on the keyboard when you are writing lowercase letters like the Android keyboards have done since the stoneage?

Exynos said,

Do you know the differences from lowercase to uppercase letters?

And do you know the differences in seeing only uppercase letters (CAPS LOCK) even when you write lowercase letters or by seeing lowercase letters on the keyboard when you are writing lowercase letters like the Android keyboards have done since the stoneage?

Again, what? Seeing lowercase letters while using lowercase letters? Of course I can see them, I'm using them.

stevan said,

Again, what? Seeing lowercase letters while using lowercase letters? Of course I can see them, I'm using them.


I'm talking about seeing the lowercase letters on the keyboard and not on the field where the texts appears.

Why is it good to only see uppercase letters on the keyboard?

Exynos said,

I'm talking about seeing the lowercase letters on the keyboard and not on the field where the texts appears.

Why is it good to only see uppercase letters on the keyboard?

Never bothered me, and you have got a point... but then again look below what are you using? My physical keyboard is only in bold too!

Exynos said,
While they are changing something on the keyboard, then why can't they add lowercase letters to the keyboard when you are using lowercase letters?

Yeah because 'CAPS LOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL'. That must be more important that seeing the right letters.

Done to mimic a physical keyboard, I think. Personally I'd rather it switch between upper and lower case.

This bugs me too.

kayzee said,
My physical keyboard is only in bold too!

So? How does that excuse this UI lapse when it comes to a virtual/software keyboard? Apple has always been proud of providing good UI, and this isn't it.

Don't know why you're making a big deal out of it. I mean, sure it'll help a bit with distinguishing whether caps lock is on, but it hasn't been an issue for 7 years or so of iOS users...?

Denis W. said,
Don't know why you're making a big deal out of it. I mean, sure it'll help a bit with distinguishing whether caps lock is on, but it hasn't been an issue for 7 years or so of iOS users...?

Doesn't says anything that it wont be better than it is now by changing this.

Every Android keyboards does this, so it's normal.

It would be a minor change in the grand scheme of things. I do see how it'll make it easier to determine keyboard case, but would it significantly improve the iOS keyboard by doing so to the point where the existing iOS userbase will notice this easily?

Denis W. said,
It would be a minor change in the grand scheme of things. I do see how it'll make it easier to determine keyboard case, but would it significantly improve the iOS keyboard by doing so to the point where the existing iOS userbase will notice this easily?

On Android I find this extremely useful as do many others, so why simply assume it won't help iOS users or go unnoticed? Products regularly début features that people never even knew they'd like or need, and yet when they actually use them they realize those features can be quite indispensable. Just because everyone's used to a given way of doing things doesn't mean there isn't a better way. Personally I don't see a downside to implementing this, but on the off chance there are complainers a toggle option would be trivial to implement.

Apple is doing a 180! They promoted layers as a feature, and now its removed from the caller!
I really hope they will update Mac OS with these same design parameters, because we all know that Apple-fans hate fragmentation.

"it was met with what can only be described as a hostile reception"?

Really? I don't personally know anyone who doesn't like or hasn't just grown to accept the changes.

One user went as far as to sue Apple for the inconvenience(s) that iOS 7 brought him

There will always be loons out there.

there's even a Facebook page called “I Hate Ios7.”

I like how you say "there's even a Facebook page" as though that only happens in the rarest of circumstances. There is always some loser ready to start a Facebook page or fire up their Twitter account. It's the new way of demonstrating and protesting - only without any effort needed. By the way, the group you highlighted to support your argument, it has a laughable 2243 likes.

So, what do we think?

I think the changes look worse than the original iOS7. Particularly that hideous 'Slide to Power Off'. Was that done in Coral Draw in 1990?

Moste people I know, have stayed with IOS 6.1.3 and not updated to IOS7 as they hate the new look. And un-updated iPhones sell for more money.

Hostile reception from nerds who don't like change and almost had their retina's burnt out when they first viewed it from their parents dark basement where they spend their days complaining about crap online..

Pretty much everyone i know owns an iPhone and every single one of them loves the new interface.

It's also funny I've had the same experience talking to a lot of people about Windows 8. It was a learning curve as would be expected, but they say they like it now.

Uplift said,
Hostile reception from nerds who don't like change and almost had their retina's burnt out when they first viewed it from their parents dark basement where they spend their days complaining about crap online..

Pretty much everyone i know owns an iPhone and every single one of them loves the new interface.

A guy I work with has an iPhone 5 and he hates the new interface. His wife recently got a Galaxy Note 3 and he's incredibly jealous of it (mostly due to the screen rather than the interface) but he's stuck with his iPhone 5 for a bit yet.

Most people I know own an Android phone and are very happy with it. Quite a few own iPhones of varying age but it's certainly not everyone by a long shot and those that have updated to the new interface, in general, prefer the old one.

I wonder who's anecdotal evidence is more valid?

(Hint: It's neither).

Enron said,
It's also funny I've had the same experience talking to a lot of people about Windows 8. It was a learning curve as would be expected, but they say they like it now.

I've been there myself, i love Windows 8 now.

Uplift said,

Pretty much everyone i know owns an iPhone and every single one of them loves the new interface.

I disagree and i know many people that wish for a downgrade.

Not the same on my end. I didn't like it in the beginning and I still don't. I've had to install Win7 for several people that got new pcs with 8 on it. And it wasn't a quick knee-jerk response. They used it for a while and found that they just didn't like it.

For me personally I don't like metro. I don't want it on a phone, tablet, game system, or my desktop. I don't likle being forcefed something. I went MS instead of Apple for that reason. Looks like they've become the same lately, except that Apple had sense enough to keep iOS and OSX seperate. And OSX kept their established userbases UI too.

Uplift said,
Hostile reception from nerds who don't like change and almost had their retina's burnt out when they first viewed it from their parents dark basement where they spend their days complaining about crap online..

Pretty much everyone i know owns an iPhone and every single one of them loves the new interface.

Could this comment be more condescending and insulting? Looks like even Apple, always trying to cover up mistakes, agreees with some of the criticisms like a lack of contrast and too many washed out colors.

Also the amount of iPhones among my friends is going down almost weekly, every phone bought for Christmas was either Android or, yes, WP8. The problem isn't change, the problem is too little change. More colors isn't enough anymore even for people who used to live in the Apple-bubble.

Anecdotal nonsense from both ends aside, Apple is doing just fine with their releases.

Quirks? To be expected from new releases. Not going to crucify a company for it, when the company I primarily utilize for software is also dropping big bugfixes and polishing their own interface. (see 8.1)

dr_crabman said,

Could this comment be more condescending and insulting? Looks like even Apple, always trying to cover up mistakes, agreees with some of the criticisms like a lack of contrast and too many washed out colors.

Also the amount of iPhones among my friends is going down almost weekly, every phone bought for Christmas was either Android or, yes, WP8. The problem isn't change, the problem is too little change. More colors isn't enough anymore even for people who used to live in the Apple-bubble.

Haha, it was a joke, and it would be stupid for Apple to ignore criticism, it's great they are giving options to tweak rather than just removing stuff because i like the way it is and don't want it going back to being dull. Choice is the key, isn't it Microsoft?

Best way to appreciate iOS is use Android for a couple months. Not saying Android is bad but iOS is more polished, has more apps, and it just plain more fun to use. I went to a Nexus 4 for almost a year and when I got the 5s, it felt great to be back home on iOS.

Kushan said,

A guy I work with has an iPhone 5 and he hates the new interface. His wife recently got a Galaxy Note 3 and he's incredibly jealous of it (mostly due to the screen rather than the interface) but he's stuck with his iPhone 5 for a bit yet.

Most people I know own an Android phone and are very happy with it. Quite a few own iPhones of varying age but it's certainly not everyone by a long shot and those that have updated to the new interface, in general, prefer the old one.

I wonder who's anecdotal evidence is more valid?

(Hint: It's neither).

patseguin said,
Best way to appreciate iOS is use Android for a couple months. Not saying Android is bad but iOS is more polished, has more apps, and it just plain more fun to use. I went to a Nexus 4 for almost a year and when I got the 5s, it felt great to be back home on iOS.

I know a few who feel like this but rarely admit it.. i find a lot of Samsung Android owners are doing it just to rage against the machine (Apple). A phone is not a phone anymore it's a statement, it's pathetic.