Jaysen wrote:Recent trends in iOS seem to indicate a move from "serious professional" look/feel/function (comete with RIM) to a low tech consumer focus. In the words of my 19 year old daughiter, "iOS 7 looks like it was designed for a 12 year old girl, I'm embarrassed to use it".
If you haven't noticed apple don't make "gradual transitions" to new strategies. iOS 7 is the writing on the wall in my opinion. I'm still undecided if I'm sticking with them or going back to *nix.
I'm OK with iOS 7. Not my preferred look, but I'll get used to it. To be more precise, I'm growing to like the flat look, but am still adjusting to the colours.
I'm fine with the "low tech consumer focus" because that is actually most users. In my circles, I'm considered technically savvy, but I don't understand half of you say (less when you get technical). I know enough techno-geekery to know what I don't know (or at least that types of things I don't know). But my ageing parents can pick up an iPhone or iPad and use it. They both use Macs now and wouldn't go back. It seems to be a winning strategy for Apple.
I don't see that "low tech consumer focus" is incompatible with "serious professional". In fact, apart from technology professionals and animators, most of the professionals that I know couldn't care less about their technology other than "How I do send email?" and "Why can't I print?".
Note: I just sat through a conference program today watching professionals speak to poorly constructed Powerpoint slides where about half didn't even know how to make Powerpoint advance to the next slide (pressing spacebar is generally considered low technology). Only one person (one!) used animations to bring on bullet points one at a time. In contrast, one brought up the right click menu every slide, another clicked through to the end of their presentation and then restarted because they couldn't go back one slide. Another ended up presenting in edit view!! I'm perhaps a little jaded about professionals' technological capacity right now.