Why you shouldn't stay on iOS 6.
Twelve years ago a symbolic operating system for the PC was released: Windows XP. It remained the dominant operating system on the PC for much longer than it's intended life. Over the years PC users became accustomed to opening any computer and seeing the green hills and green/blue taskbar. It was expected. Microsoft's challenge of transitioning a massive number of users who stubbornly adorned Windows XP to their newer products like Vista and 7 was a difficult undertaking.
Four years later here we are on the verge of another shift in software evolution. The most iconic mobile operating system is undergoing it's largest design paradigm shift since it's introduction in 2007. iOS 7 was introduced this year at WWDC, featuring critically received design changes which, for the most part, have not been praised by many.
It does seem, however, that Apple has accidentally created a colossus of sorts. iOS 6 has become so undeniably familiar, so expected, and so beloved that in order to move on to a more modern design language Apple's design teams must forget the "best of iOS 6" and focus on creating the best possible design for iOS 7.
This is all opinion and speculation, but in the future when you open up an iOS 6 device post-release of iOS 7, will you look at it the same way you looked at a desktop running Windows XP? I'd like to hear your opinion about the design changes moving away from iOS 6 and how you think it relates to other software or hardware that was allowed to exist past it's intended lifespan.