Hey, the pinstripes are gone! Yes sir, they are. So are the clearly defined fields for phone numbers, email addresses and so on. Now, you get a crisp, white field and your buddy's info in a much thinner font. There are icons, too, next to specifics like phone numbers, iMessage address and iChat.
There's also a notes field and an option to block a caller. Not that'd you'd block one of your favorites, right?
The clock icon has been re-designed, as expected. What's unexpected is that, instead of reading 3:00, it now reads 9:00. Why? I don't know.
Again, the disclosure triangle from previous versions of iOS has been replaced buy an information icon. The information available here is the same, save the option to block a caller, but the presentation is so much nicer. It's amazing how "bulky" some of those old UI elements feel after a few weeks with iOS 7.
Another re-designed icon. This time, the little person's head is in a circle. There's not too much new here: you get a list and a search field.
Circles! Lots of circles. The squared-off icon is gone and so are the buttons. Now, 12 circular buttons and a big 'ol "Call" button rest of a field of white. Here's what's neat: when you press a button, a bit of your wallpaper's color(s) can been seen "behind" them.
I must admit, I found the new keypad jarring at first. I've gotten used to it, but really, it's kind of shocking the first time you place a call.
This looks great. The presentation starts with the information on the caller, including name, number and state/country of origin. Next, the player features a play button and scrubber so you can quickly move back and forth through a message. You can also tap Speaker, Call Back and Delete. It really looks great and the revised player is nice.
When placing or receiving a call, the contact's image is blurred out behind the keypad. The usual buttons -- mute, keypad, speaker, add call, FaceTime and contacts -- are also rounded. The end button that appears during a call is a big, hard-to-miss rectangle and in line with the overall aesthetic. Finally, if you navigate away from an active call, the "touch to return to call" button is a much brighter green than it's been. It almost looks 5c green.
iOS 7 changes so much and we'll have full coverages of the good, the bad and the flat all day. Keep coming back for our complete exploration of iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad.