In the Camera app on iPad, how do you switch to video mode? Touching the word VIDEO seems like the most obvious thing to try. But it doesn’t do anything. Tapped it harder, but it still doesn’t do anything. Some people may give up at this point, as I almost did. Turns out you have to drag the word VIDEO until it aligns with the yellow dot. Some sort of signifier to indicate this action would have been nice. The same screen in iOS 6 is instantly obvious, no thinking needed.
All elements on this iOS 7 Calendar screen that are in red are tappable. All except one, that is. The month name is in red, but tapping it doesn’t do anything.
This means color doesn’t signify whether an element on the screen is meaningful to tap or not. How do you then know what is tappable and what is not? You could tap everything and see what responds to your tap and what doesn’t.
In the Recents screen of FaceTime app, the call date is barely readable because the entire screen is “layered” over a screen that displays what the camera is seeing. If you are in a dark room, this is what you get. This worthless effect unnecessarily detracts from usability.
What’s that on the top-left corner of the screen? It looks like mold, but what it actually is, is the new “layering” effect in iOS 7.
Some apps use this effect on the entire screen, affecting readability, not to mention aesthetics. (Example: The Filter screen of BuddyTV app is “layered” over the main screen.)
The word “Trim” appears twice on this screen. One of them is a label, and pressing it does nothing. The other one is a button. Which one is which? How is anyone supposed to know? You have to do some guesswork. The “Trim” at the top is centered on the screen, so it is probably a title. To make sure, tap on it and see if anything happens.
Quick: Is airplane mode on or off?
In this screen from iOS 7’s music app the “Now Playing” label is displayed using a very small font size, perhaps as low as 5 or 6 points. (The screenshot above is larger than the actual size.) The iPhone and iPod have very high dpi screens, but even on a 1000 dpi laser printer, fonts this small induce headaches.
The volume slider in this iOS 7 screen looks draggable. But would you have guessed that the red line on the time display above is draggable too?
Stocks app from iOS 7. The white-on-green text could use a little more contrast.
You could be forgiven for thinking the second row of buttons in this iOS 7 screen are disabled. Actually they are not.