Prepare for a wall of text. When I first saw iOS 7, I was surprised at the bad design of the icons and the general look of the operating system. Simple things like exaggerated gradients (and gradients in opposite directions on one screen), light text on translucent backgrounds, and text replacing buttons seemed to scream "This goes against all design rules!" Looking at screenshots on Apple's website and Macrumors seemed to confirm how terrible the new operating system looked. I still had hope though, that the experience would somehow make up for it all. And it did. I installed iOS 7 Beta 3 despite all the warnings about kernel panics and missed calls, not to mention the fact that I don't have a developer account eek:Oh boy. Here come the complaints. I develop software though, just not for iOS, so I understand beta software) Luckily, my install started out with the light text option instead of bold text, which introduced me to a totally different looking iOS. And it is beautiful. Looking at the OS on an actual phone screen with all the animations and dynamic aspects makes a HUGE difference. My phone has come back to life. The boring iOS 6 Windows Vista-like look and way of doing things is finally gone, and I actually enjoy using my phone again. Looking at the operating system as a whole vs. looking at specific details is where the major difference lies. Jony Ive's approach with iOS 7 is different than iOS 6 in the way that he integrates all the parts of the operating system into a perfect, simple, natural, and fresh way of doing things. The icons and design decisions may seem weird, unnatural, or downright stupid when looking at them individually. But looking at everything combined into a product, just like the iPhone itself, brings out the beauty of iOS 7. I have found that through using the operating system, I am beginning to like and actually enjoy the new icons. When I am using an OS like iOS 7, I want simple and colorful icons. It is a delightful surprise compared to the rumors (black and white interface). All of the things that bothered me about individual elements in the operating system dont seem to matter anymore. If anything, these so-called problems improve the operating system. Luckily, I havent had too many bugs with the beta. Apple seems to be doing a good job of releasing betas frequently. I can tell they really care about this release. I think iOS 7 will be good for Apple, not a disaster. People will learn to like it once they use it. Anyway, these were just my thoughts about iOS 7 and all the complaints that have been posted in these forums. If you havent used iOS 7 yet, dont write it off just yet. I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you get to experience it firsthand. So, my question to you would be, have you had the same experience with iOS 7? Do you think it will be a huge improvement to the iPhone?