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Delete or forward individual texts in iOS 7's Messages app
Authored by: aMacUzur on Sep 20, '13 10:19:05AM

I have to agree ... more obscurity, no longer as intuitive.

Looks like the idea behind the (quite cheap looking) IOS 7 UI is that we no longer need or will benefit from real-world analogies (e.g., push buttons, slide switches, etc.) to make things obvious. I think they're dead wrong and that the original UI research published by the early Mac people the 1980's would seem to argue strongly against "flattening" and "minimizing" the UI elements as well as the various loss of "clear/consistent/repeatable target" instances and loss of "element differentiators."

For example, overall the style seems to indicate that any text that is a light blue is a "button"/link ... oh, but that's not so on the "Enter Passcode" screen where the Emergency and Cancel text looks like any ol' text ... and the "Enter Passcode" box looks like a button. And, why the double-feedback when entering the passcode -- if you want to know that you pressed a button, there's the keyclick option? Showing how many characters have been entered for the passcode only seems to serve the same function and actually reduces security since someone looking over your shoulder now can more easily see how many characters you've used for your passcode (some of us don't just use the 4-character one).

I already find that it takes longer to do various things with IOS 7 than with IOS 6 or 5 (iPhone 4s).

Of course, there are a few nice feature adds ... but I think the overall UI style kind o' sucks and drastically cheapens the look. In addition there are places where it increases obscurity and reduces intuitiveness.

I'm guessing we'll see the same kind of carnage with OS X 10.9 <sigh>.

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