They even pay homage to some reversed shots from TOS (the photo of Pine and Eve appears reversed--like a mirror image). Who says Abrams and co. don't care about the aesthetics of the original?
Edit: my error. He's just changed the part of his hair from the last movie. A quick glance made it seem like some of those shots (one of McCoy comes to mind) from TOS where the film is clearly reversed. Oh well.