Every single discussion that i've come across so far eventually reverts back to a narrow set of issues which are to be expected from the first beta of a completely overhauled OS: - Bugs - Design and usability issues - Overall animation and transition speeds - Aesthetic opinions (yes that includes those icons!) What all these issues have in common is that they will largely be ironed out or addressed in some form before launch. This is the reason we keep seeing this response in almost every thread: "It's a beta!" I want this thread to be a little different though. I want it to be "it's a beta!" proof. Let's be honest, certain elements are almost definitely going to survive until launch: - The overall look and feel - The use of a thin varient of Helvetica Neue system wide - The use of translucency and the emphasis on context - The reduction of gesture cues ("removing the training wheels") - The big new features - The overall direction that iOS has taken All of these are likely to remain largely the same by the time the GM is finally available. What i've been wondering is, is this the natural evolution of iOS? The direction that iOS was always meant to go. Or has it gone completely off the rails and lost its intuitive roots? Where is everything heading functionality wise? Has iOS become more form over function? I'm honestly torn.