iOS 7 design

First of all, many of the new icons were primarily designed by members of Apple’s marketing and communications department, not the app design teams... It’s also clear from what we’ve seen and heard that what we’re seeing of iOS 7 right now is a ‘mid stride’ snapshot.
— TheNextWeb
iOS 7 icons - ugly or different or both?

iOS 7 icons - ugly or different or both?


I thought the TheNextWeb article was going somewhere before I read the aforementioned quotes. Now both of them are odd if not shocking. Apple is traditionally against 'sales guys designing computers or even running the company' (yes Microsoft). So marketing and communication department designing icons? What does the communication team, leave alone the marketing team have anything to do with design. If this is true, it is a drastic change under Johny Ive's leadership and am not sure if its good or bad for Apple's future.

I don’t think anything will change at Microsoft as long as Ballmer (sales guy) is running it
— Steve Jobs

Also I am not sure about this design being 'mid stride' as Apple has painstakingly put up multiple pages on their website promoting iOS 7 and I don't think Apple will drift away from this design too much after this much promotion. While I agree that, what was shown in WWDC' 13 is not the final version, I expect the final release to only be a finished and polished version of what was shown already. 

So in summary I don't believe this report! 

But I do have to agree with Gizmodo and others, the icon design above evokes some strong reactions in me, I love some and I hate some, I have no reaction in between! Is that weird or what?