iOS 7 is so.....white!

I can't get used to all the white in the email, calendar and safari apps even after a week. Damn...that is a lot of white. Whereas in iOS 6, I could find stuff easily, in iOS 7 I find myself doing double takes and looking harder for menus and buttons. Anybody else feel the same way? Something is off....not sure what it is. Maybe it is the lack of contrast, maybe it is the thin fonts, maybe it is the lack of borders around buttons....but iOS 7 definitely makes you look harder for things.

What exactly was the thinking behind going with so much white? Has Johnny Ive ever explained this? Why couldn't they have gone silver at least like Mac OS? I would think that would be more readable.