I found this to be a very interesting piece. Quick background: The Montessori system of education relies on physical objects and gives children tactile experiences, so Apple’s pre-iOS 7 style tied in well with these physical connections that children in Montessori education used. Now, with iOS 7 has largely removing these physical ties. Read the piece to see one instance of how the Montessori system adapted to this change.
Lastly, take a look at this quote:
the connections between the “physical” and the “digital” are becoming increasingly less tenuous
Ponder that for a while.