iOS 7 and Facebook Hashtags Debut and Other Top Comments
Facebook (finally) rolled out hashtag support, and Apple debuted the next "biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone" since the last "biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone": the bright new iOS 7. And of course our readers had much to say about it.
Announced at WWDC, iOS 7 drew a lot of criticism for its lighter color scheme, even inspiring a Tumblr account, "Jony Ive Redesigns Things," which mostly paints Apple's vice president of industrial design to be a Lisa Frank for 2013.
Some commenters said iOS 7's shiny design — which moves away from much of the skeuomorphic look that Steve Jobs prided himself on for setting Apple apart from other mobile operating systems — is an insult to Jobs' vision and suggested that since Jobs' passing, Apple's been losing its lead in innovation against Microsoft, Android and other companies. (New features and designs in iOS 7 noticeably similar to existing apps and mobile systems.)
Facebook's incorporation of #hashtags marked its joining with the rest of the social web, though many readers are not necessarily ready to see the signs all over their News Feed. Some commenters noted that cross-posts from Instagram and Twitter will finally look less awkward, but others discussed how the real-time search benefits of Twitter hashtags won't translate to Facebook and questioned the purpose. And other readers lamented the inevitable overuse of hashtags by their so-called friends.