There is something about it that is light and clean and airy that is annoying in the way that Apple's obsession with lightness and thinness has always been annoying. I'm having a hard time holding on to my thicker, squatter, steel-framed masculine iPhone 4S whose new innards are betraying it. I have my Otter Box and my Pelican Box for my 4S and Apple wants to sweep me forward with new gear. But I'm invested in the old, and the old is still fast enough to run the new system. So no 5S for me, unless my camera fails become intolerable. You see I've repaired this bad boy. I've lived with it two years.
The animations are nice and unobtrusive, unlike that madness on the Android pocket slabs. I like very much that Apple uses iconography that is sophisticated and simple, implying the right ideas without spelling it all out. The new software download symbolism, for example, is a masterpiece of simplicity. I like the new alarm tones. I like the pull up menu. I like that the clock icon tells time, duh. The new calendar is righteous. If the Bauhaus had color and Debussy's piano music, it would be like this Apple design. The pastels are not flat nor glaringly vivid. They look like advanced, functional colors, warmer than the clinical sci-fi but precise nonetheless. Rich and spare at the same time.
Apple is full of Yahoo now. That's very interesting. It makes me remember that Yahoo used to be something awesome. A fruitful partnership could develop some compelling new goodies whose synergistic realization on IOS can produce a new generation of happier devotees to the jesus phone.
As it is, there are many things to discover that I'm enjoying. It's a major rediscovery of my own phone.