Post-Forstall iOS changes

Now that Scott Forstall is out at Apple and Jony Ive has increased influence over iOS, I’ve assembled a list of iOS changes I’d like to see. Of course, I don’t know if Forstall had direct influence over any of these features, nor do I know if Ive can/will change them. But a guy can dream.

  1. The colored status bar. I’ve written about my aversion to this change at length, so I’ll only say that I find it distracting and unnecessary. There’s no need for it and I can’t not notice it.
  2. All the flippin’ leather. Find My Friends goes overboard with the Corinthian leather. I’d like to see it disappear.
  3. The Passbook delete animation. Scott seemed wonderfully pleased with this when he demonstrated it and I suspect it was his doing. Yes it’s fun the first time you see it. After that, you just want to delete the card. That is, if you have any…
  4. Passbook improvements. Passbook is confusing because, when you launch it for the first time, it does nothing. There should be a demo card in there for users to play with.

Would you add anything that I’ve missed?


  1. I dont mind the coloured status bar.

    but these are bad, bad, bad;
    The faux book that is Contacts.
    The leather of Calendar. Reminder is a little more subtle being very dark, I can live with that.
    The faux page that is Notes, and that default font!

    keep the colours dark is the lesson, i think.

    The tool bar in mail & safari being along the top in iPad, but it’s along the bottom on iPhone, whats with that?

  2. I started using the iPhone’s swipe-to-the-right Search screen to do my email searches, and I’ll be darned, it works quite well. Vastly easier than doing a search inside of

  3. … It works even for emails that haven’t been downloaded to your phone. I use iCloud and Gmail email services, so when I want to do a search including all Archives I use CloudMagic. It’s excellent.

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