With the WWDC 2013 (Worldwide Developers conference) being announced, it’s safe to assume that Apple plans on releasing the much awaited iOS 7 - at least the beta version for its developers.
Back in September 2012 (roughly 7 months ago) when iOS 6 was launched, nobody imagined it would be THAT bad. Having said that, I personally feel it is an understatement. Fans around the world have shown strong aversion towards the present day, full-of-skeuomorphism design of the iOS 6. The abhorrence has been so strong that the OS has often been called as ‘stale’ and ‘boring’. Almost 6 versions and 5 years old, the iOS hadn’t seen a single design overhaul.
But come June 10, 2013 and all that is set to change (hopefully)! Some interesting rumors are going viral on the internet as to what the head of Human interface department; Sir Jonathan Ive plans to do with iOS 7.
What you can expect from Apple’s OS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch:
FLAT DESIGN –
The current (and older) versions of the iOS reek of skeuomorphic designs. Be it the wooden panels in the Game Center, wooden shelves of the newsstand, yellow papers for the notes, the leather used in the contacts and calendar apps on the iPad and the list goes on. Though the weather and stocks app are third party stock applications (Yahoo), they look rather cluttered and often fail to update on GPRS/EDGE and slow internet speeds in India.
|Left: Artist's impression of a flatter design for the weather app|
Right: Current Yahoo! weather app on the iOS
So what exactly is the flat design? To start off, all the aesthetics will go the Scott Forstall way – Out of Apple, Inc. The company has dropped subtle hints of this transition when they changed the overall look of the podcast. Internet is abuzz with the rumors that the software engineers at Apple have been busy ‘deforstallizing’ the iOS 7. The OS is also set to have a new set of icons for its default apps.
|Left: Old version of the Podcast App | Right: New design changes|
GESTURE CONTROL –
While this may not see the light of the day with iOS 7, the internet world has been speculating that Ive has had meetings with makers of gesture control technologies to discuss its implementation with the hardware.
ADDED FUNCTIONALITY –
It is rumored that the software engineers responsible for the iOS (including the engineers pulled from the OS X for Mac) are looking to revamp the Calendar and Email apps ‘dramatically’. This could mean that not only will they get a design overhaul, but will see functionality changes as well. However, these changes remain a best kept secret with the company and its employees.
Since the iOS was launched in 2007, one of its key features has been its simplicity of operation. Be it a 70 year old or a 5 year old, one has learnt how to operate the OS with a bit of hit and trial. With the operating system expected to have an overhaul pretty soon, the company is rumored to maintain the simplicity of the OS, despite adding more functionality and design changes.
Comments have been pouring in on articles related to the iOS 7. While most of the fanboys are eagerly awaiting this change, others seem to be a bit skeptical and prefer sticking to the traditional iOS look and feel. There have also been rumors of delays due to Ive’s design overhaul plans. Personally, I’d rather wait patiently for Apple to roll out the spruced up iOS with everything working perfectly than using a half baked, non functioning OS that brings back the horrid memories of the heavily criticized Apple Maps.
If your Smartphone has been the iPhone and your Tablet, the iPad, are you excited to see what Apple plans to reveal at the WWDC 2013, where we will get the 1st look of the much awaited iOS 7?
Watch out for this space as more information rolls out over the coming days.
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