'The Past 100 Days'

Stephen Hackett, in a good piece on the significance of today's iOS 7 release:

What’s really crazy is that Apple unveiled iOS just three months ago. It’s been a mere 100 days since developers saw the new UI, got their hands on the new physics engine and first encountered iOS 7’s font changes.

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In addition to updates, today marks the introduction of many new apps to the iOS App Store. These apps are almost all iOS 7-only. Clearly developers believe that if they take advantage of some of the new technology available today, they may be able to take a foothold in what may have been a market previously locked-up by a competitor.

Their work has paid off. Today, iOS 7 shines not only because of the work put into it by Apple employees, but the army of third-party developers who make their living on Apple’s platforms.

I've had the GM build of iOS 7 on my 4S the last few days, and I love it. I can't wait to get my 5S and see iOS 7 on a bigger 4-inch canvas. The optimized-for-7 apps I've seen update on my phone look fantastic. Today officially marks the beginning of a new era; it's a breath of fresh air.

See also: Marco Arment's advice for warming up to the new-look software.