iOS 7, Have I missed something?

Ok, currently typing this on an iPad Mini running iOS 7 Beta 2.

There has always been a certain confidence exuding out of iOS. From the very first time I used an iPhone in 2007, I was struck with how sure footed the device operated. It was as if someone with some serious attention to detail had scurried through the entire OS to ensure that every pixel was exactly where it should be.

This in no way implies that I considered iOS a perfect system, far from it, but it was, if nothing else, very sure of itself. And, from that assuredness, I came to subconsciously trust that (for better or worse) iOS knew what it was doing.

Flash forward to this afternoon. I was kind of excited to load up the beta on my iPad for the first time. Surely the naysayers were overblowing all the hate... I think... Well... Crap :(

I was wrong.

I feel like I am using a custom Android ROM. You know the ones I'm talking about. Where it seems that there might be a good idea here and there, but, for the most part, everything looks like it was put together by a college kid with Photoshop and too much time on his hands.

I know some of this can be chalked up to the fact that it's a Beta, but I fear that the problems run far deeper than some bugs and performance issues (of which there are MANY... Typing this post is a serious lagfest). The biggest issue is that this system doesn't know what it wants to be. In other words, it isn't confident. It has lost its soul. The pixel peeping force that sat behind iOS 1 - 6 is missing.

Things that used to be intuitive are now confusing. The back and continue buttons that generally accompany the setup process? Gone. Now it's just text. Small blue text at the upper corner of the screen. It feels as if Apple went to war with skeumorphism, but to the point that they can't even use buttons!

Anyways, I just want to ask: Have I missed something? Is there some overarching design here that is just going over my head? I really want to like this, but... I just... don't. :(