Yesterday I installed the iOS 6 beta to my iPhone 4S. The new maps are really fantastic, the design is very different from Google Maps but I’ve found them more readable so far. I’ve also noticed some more subtle tweaks to the general UI:
You’ll notice that Apple has ditched the “glass” look of the view header and replaced it with a standard linear gradient. They’ve also lightened the harsh bottom black line that separates the header from the main content.
They’ve also removed the grey top system bar and replaced it with a darker solid blue version. It’s like a colorized version of the black system bar you see in some apps. The grey bar seems to be gone system wide, which means you’ll no longer see any colored icons.
If you look closely you’ll also see tweaks to the striped background. The stripes have been reversed so that the wider stripes are light and the thinner stripes are dark. This lightens the background and gives the stripes a more muted look.
Overall I think the tweaks are a pleasing evolutionary step forward. What are your thoughts on the updated look?