When Apple introduces iOS 7 to the masses on Monday, June 10th, it’s widely anticipated that with a new black, white and flat coat of paint will come some major design changes to apps we all know and love. Ok, maybe there isn’t love for some of the apps. Yes, we’re looking at you Newsstand and Stocks. If rumors are true, the war on skeumorphism is underway in Cupertino, led by Jony Ive and others who share a distaste for felt-ridden apps. Which apps will see the most changes? We’ll find out more next month at WWDC, but these top our list as the worst designed Apple apps and those which would benefit most from a redesign.
You don’t even need to venture into the app to get a preview of this design. The four quadrants that feature a chess board, rocket, bullseye and bat use an assortment of colors that have no place in the same icon. Once inside GameCenter, the all too familiar felt background that simulates a pool table or a vegas dice game. Usernames displayed in an extremely bold font or should I say a thin font with a overly done outline. Everything is neatly outlined in a nice mustard color. The tabs showcasing a glossy wood paneling look.
Find My Friends
Where do I begin? Skeuomorphic design is supposed to resemble an object or material. Not sure about you, but I’m not sure how exactly leather stitching should remind me of my friends and the process of finding them? Maybe if there were a large contingent of them who were seamstresses. Is it supposed to be a shout-out to the leather clad Contacts app? The functionality of Find My Friends is fantastic, provided you can get past the visual assault of the stitched leather and tacky typeface.
The app that people love to hide. Inspired by the Ikea Billy Bookshelf, the wood shelves get virtually lined with magazines available for download in the iTunes. It’s one of the few apps, including stock Apple apps, that cannot be moved inside of a folder. This is likely do to the flyout graphics showing your current library and link to the Store. While iBooks is an optional download, Newsstand earns its place next to Stocks as the least used Apple app.
If the rumors are correct, it won’t be just these three apps that receive a makeover courtesy of one Jony Ive, something that could extend through all of the stock Apple apps. Theses are most egregious offenders of good design and with iOS 7, it’s time to kick the felt to the curb and end the painful run of leather stitched apps.