- June 12, 2013
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Blog
Apple has announced there next version of mobile operating system iOS 7 this week, this is said to be available in Fall 2013.
The new version is said to be completely different from all previous OS versions. Apple is claiming on their website that they haven’t created such beautiful design ever with a whole new perspective. Not only the design but iOS 7 will have new features like Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking.
Here are some highlights:
- iOS 7 has a new font leading the way, which seems to be a sort of Helvetica Neue Ultra. It’s very skinny, clean, and it was hinted at in the iOS 7 banners that went up for WWDC yesterday.
- Instead of white bars on a black background, Apple will now tell you what kind of service coverage you have with five little dots, which are white and grey depending on how strong the signal is across a translucent background.
- The lock screen is changed for the first time in iOS’s history, with no more shine top or bottom bars for slide to unlock or the clock. Instead, Slide to unlock is translucent above the background image.
- Default app icons are now flatter, but not quite flat, just as predicted.
- The Camera app lets you swipe between your various camera types, such as panorama or HDR so you can quickly take a pic instead of fumbling around with settings.
- Safari opens straight into full screen mode now, with the option to pull down to bring up the search bar at the top.
- A new security feature called Activation Lock lets users lock a lost device where it cannot be activated with new service if it is lost or stolen.
- The keyboard is more white, than grey, with a translucency that lets you see what’s underneath the keyboard.
The market has a mix feedback about the design and features. There are people appreciating the new look and feel however there are some doubting the creativity and calling it replicating Android design patterns on several places for example throughout iOS 7’s interface: the calendar’s color scheme; Safari’s look-alike Chrome style Web page panels; and the marked resemblance between iTunes Radio and Google Music. Then, there is iOS 7’s use of cards to present information.
Apple is viewing that it can adapt, borrow, and tweak ideas from the competition, that it can expand what iOS feels and looks like as well as what it can do. The problem now is that it seems to be clipping a bit under the weight of an end-to-end redesign.
Apple announced that iOS 7 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation) this fall. Not all devices will have all features, however. Developers have access to iOS 7 beta already but users will see it this fall when Apple releases the next iPhone.