In a matter of weeks, iOS 7 will be released. Anyone with a compatible iOS device (iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later) will be eligible for the upgrade. There are plenty of tremendous features. The overarching tent pole feature this year will be the entirely new look. Apple has been promoting the new update for months, but I suspect when it lands it will generate both shock and awe. It’s polarizing. As Apple indicated at WWDC 13, there will be no charge for upgrading, but the move to iOS 7 won’t be free. Many developers will be creating […]
Each year we see Apple release a new version of iOS, sending users into tizzy, desperate to try all the new features at the price of stability. These aren’t developers and that’s ok. They’ve either paid the $99 developer entry fee or found a friend who was willing to allow them into the cool kids club. Let’s face it, it’s fun to be on the cutting edge, for the most part. While Apple has a history of relatively stable builds, beta software can be tremendously buggy and that’s just the default operating system. When you add third party apps that […]
The more you look at iOS 7, the more you start to realize how Apple’s focus was on removing the clutter and improving upon the user experience. This extends from basic functionality of just using your iPhone and deep inside the apps. While the design is a complete overhaul, there are some apps where Apple took a scalpel, rather than a jack hammer. The goal was about refinement, simplicity and making things better, not just different. Changes made to the Camera app highlight this approach. The iOS 7 Photos app is also another shining example of how small improvements can […]
When iOS 7 hits the streets this fall, the camera app will see major changes, the impact of which should affect almost every iOS owner given the popularity of picture taking. A quick look at Flickr reveals the top three most popular cameras are iPhones that include the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5. All of which are scheduled to receive iOS 7. Making a change to the heart that pumps out these photos is a pretty big deal. Read for what you can expect from the new iOS 7 camera app.
One of the better features included on iPhones, iPads and Macs is Find My iPhone. The name should be updated at some point, but the premise is simple. If you have the feature enabled, you can login from any iOS device or Mac and locate another device, provided you have the corresponding credentials. That would enable you to track the device or lock it. We’ve seen a number of cases over the years where the free service has not only led to the safe return of iPhones, but has also led to the capture and prosecution of the the thieves […]
At first glance, it is easy to notice the major design changes in iOS 7. Those changes continue to be refined as Apple prepares for the fall launch, a time when it would not be surprising to see new products. Regardless of whether we see new iPhones or iPads, the update to iOS 7 is like getting a new device. One of the features that will see improvements is the iOS 7 notification center. There are some major differences from the current linen-clad iOS 6 version, with a brand-new today feature. Here’s what you can expect in the not so […]
This fall, Apple will release the most polarizing change to iOS since the original iPhone. In past years, iOS updates would build upon a previous update. For the most part, the user interface and way of doing things largely remained the same. That’s all changing. Apple’s Senior VP of Design, Jony Ive, has taken a fresh look at all aspects of iOS, with many of them changing. iOS 7 software is very much still in beta, so it’s likely things could and will change by the time it’s publicly available. Apple has introduced and demonstrated much of what we’ll see […]
When iOS 7 arrives this fall, there will be the usual frenzy associated with a major software update for our iPhones and iPads. This one is different. This isn’t a subtle change, with a few highly requested tent pole features. It’s polarizing and some would say transformative. Sure it’ll have new features like Control Center, but with all advances, some features had to go. Here’s what you’ll miss when upgrading to iOS 7. iOS 7 features an all-new notification center, that you can access from the lock screen. In iOS 6, those who had configured Twitter or Facebook accounts, had […]
The design philosophy that drives the new UI in iOS 7 is radically different from previous versions of iOS and even some of the newer Apple apps like Passbook. Gone are the bubbly app icons, replaced with new flatter icons. It’s a seismic shift. According to Matthew Panzarino at The Next Web, Jony Ive looked to designers within Apple’s marketing and communications departments, to cultivate the color palette of the new app icons. Instead of interactive designers who had in the past worked on iOS iconography, Ive tasked Apple’s best print and web teams to conceptualize the new look.
Just prior to WWDC 13′, John Gruber said the changes coming in iOS 7 would be polarizing, which in a word, encapsulates reactions to the user interface of Apple’s next major software release. Any change would have had resulted in some level of discontent, with some actually mourning the loss of green felt and rich corinthian leather. In order to move forward, you need to leave some behind. Apple gets this, probably more so than any company. They dropped the floppy disk and shipped a full-sized laptop without a SuperDrive. They often know what we want before we do. Those […]