The iOS 7 redesign Apple yesterday released as a beta is a contentious issue. But aside of the subjective discussions about icon design and blurred backgrounds in rainbow colors, is the new flat UI in general a leap forward from the perspective of UX or did they made it worst?
In my opinion, it becomes much harder to differentiate the elements. If the page has a light/grey background, the bottom bar hasn't any boundaries to the page anymore.
The flat head elements of the contacts screen turned into a giant brick with low contrasts.
Same happend with video controls: The button on the upper left becomes nearly invisible as well as the lightweight fullscreen arrows.
In my opinion, the flat design makes it much harder to use the product. So why decided Apple to go that way? Or is it just me not seeing the UX benefits?