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Apple finally revealed its highly anticipated iOS 7 operating system, redesigned by Jony Ive. It’s stunning. The entire OS has been reorganized, reimagined, revitalized. It shattered expectations in every way but one: the home screen icons. After five days, I was hoping I would fall in love with them, break them in, like a new pair of jeans.
But I didn’t. Because those icons are just plain ugly.
Dribbble’s designers seem to agree, so they did what they do best: they powered up Photoshop and redesigned Apple’s redesigned iOS. They didn’t just stop at the icons. And it turns out, iOS 7 is just a few pixels away from being beautiful.
We have to start with Leo Drapeau’s redesign, which has become a sensation on Dribbble with over 121,000 views. For the most part, Leo took Apple’s current design and balanced out the proportions and colors. Gone are the bulbous Game Center spheres, and the nonsensical Reminders icon. It’s Apple’s current design done right.
The next is from JustD, whose design brings consistency to the home screen. Although his icons eschew Apple’s new flat design language, wouldn’t it be fun to see the shadows on the icons change with the orientation of the device?
iOS 7 has incredible potential; it’s the polish that’s missing. Thankfully, The Next Web reports that iOS 7′s visual design is in flux.It’s also clear from what we’ve seen and heard that what we’re seeing of iOS 7 right now is a “mid stride” snapshot. The work on design and development is still going full tilt, and what was presented this week is firmly a “work in progress”. We’re told, for instance, that some builds of iOS used onstage at the conference by presenters are already newer than the ones pushed out on Monday. Let’s hope Apple is listening.
Images via Dribbble.com