The iPhone 5s is fantastic. I upgraded from a 4S, so a lot of the change of the 5 gets rolled up in this. The media may suggest the upgrade is subtle (whether from a 4, 4S, or 5), but it’s not. The phone is fast, feels great (consistent with the 5), the fingerprint reader is better than a gimmick, and the battery life is improved in my use. The camera works better and is faster. LTE networking works great, and it wasn’t even slow before. None of the changes are revolutionary, but they’re all good. More important, there are no regressions. Nothing I miss or that I felt was better executed on the 4S. If every product I bought “just” got better without exceptions, I would be a far happier consumer.
iOS7 is a drastic change. Count me among the crowd fearing that Lisa Frank had possessed Ive’s body. But then a funny thing happened. I installed it on my 4S and was stunned. This has continued with the 5s. iOS7 has done a tremendous amount to make using the Apple hardware even more pleasant. It’s cleaner, simpler, less skeuomorphic, and more intuitive. Most of the change takes things that were irritations and fixes them. There are a few rough edges that I imagine will see polish going forward, but the only real irritations come from apps that have yet to update. The changes are all evolution, if a substantial one. This is not a revolution or a new paradigm. Again, I am at peace with this. Crazier yet, the apps that haven’t adopted the UI style and aesthetic of iOS7 feel dated and sloppy. This is not unlike the way it now feels to use a non-retina iPhone (or non-retina application).
It’s easy to get excited about new and different, but that’s not my speed. Take good things that I like and “just” make them better, and you keep me as a customer.