Gigaom on how iOS7 forced developers to redesign their apps for experienced smartphone users. I’m mixed on this. The beauty of the Mac was that novice users could use things fairly easily but so too could power users. Starting around 2007 Apple started focusing (again) on “the rest of us” with power users getting far less focus. iOS7 probably does presume more experience but I rather wish it hit that sweet spot of managing to deal with both types of users. I worry that the lack of “real world” visual clues along with a lot of buttons and text not really intuitively discoverable as buttons will cause problems.
I installed iOS7 on the rest of my devices when the GM arrived. No complaints yet about the iPad from my wife or kids. So hopefully that’s a sign Apple pushed things a little, but not that far. Of course my wife’s phone is still running iOS6. So we’ll see. I’m going to be very interested hearing feedback from regularly lay users over the next four weeks.