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Jony Ive is the man behind the OS overhaul

Apple has reportedly made some pretty big changes to iOS 7, including a "flatter" look pioneered by Jony Ive, Apple’s head of Industrial Design and Human Interface.
In the past, software and hardware design never really crossed paths under Apple's roof. In fact, a report in March of this year pointed out that Apple's software design team for iOS typically sat in the dark on what the industrial design team was doing, but the two have started collaborating more as of late -- allowing software designers to get an idea of what devices their iOS projects will run on, and also give industrial designers a say in what the software will look like on their hardware.

This change (under Apple CEO Tim Cook) is showing its face with the iPhone/iPad's upcoming mobile operating system, iOS 7. 9 to 5 Mac reports that Ive has had a huge role in designing iOS 7, and that the new look may shock customers who are used to past versions of iOS. 

IOS 7 is expected to have a "flat" look, closely related to the look of Microsoft 8's live tiles. This is quite a break from the user interface designed under former CEO Steve Jobs, which follows a more glossy and life life look. The new OS loses all that shine and skeuomorphism currently lavished on users. 

Apple's Jony Ive

While the design is flatter, the ease-of-use remains the same. There will be no learning curve for users, as the idea was to keep things simple (as usual). 

The look won't be the only change to iOS in the upcoming version. There will also be an all-new icon set for Apple’s native apps, and tool bars, tab bars and other interface features will get a fresh design. 

Apple has also been considering adding more bundled information and options panels within the OS, like Notification Center. This would allow users to quickly glance at many notifications across their system at once. It hasn't been confirmed if we'll see this in iOS 7, though.

The changes aren't expected to please all users, specifically those who are used to the lifelike design with heavy textures. However, Cook has placed all confidence in Ive's ability to create across hardware and software. 

"Jony, who I think has the best taste of anyone in the world and the best design skills, now has responsibility for the human interface," said Cook in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek interview this year. "I mean, look at our products. The face of this is the software, right? And the face of this iPad is the software. So it’s saying, Jony has done a remarkable job leading our hardware design, so let’s also have Jony responsible for the software and the look and feel of the software, not the underlying architecture and so forth, but the look and feel."

Ive stepped in last year when former vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall got the boot due to the Apple Maps debacle. 

The changes to iOS 7 are not expected to give all developers too much trouble in the future, but apps built for iOS 6 and previous could be considered outdated since they're made to match old versions of iOS. 

Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple was pulling engineers from OS X 10.9 to finish iOS 7. At that time, it was predicted “Ive’s work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.”

Apple's mobile operating system is likely going through a huge overhaul because it's in the midst of creating entirely new gadgets, such as the upcoming smart watch. Reports have said that the new watch's OS will be built from the ground up rather than starting with the iPod nano's touch operating system (which has a screen about the size of a watch). Also, the iPhone/iPad's OS must be reconstructed to work with the new devices.

The watch is due out as early as this year.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

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By JackBurton on 5/1/2013 4:00:56 PM , Rating: 0
I find it funny how you like to cherry pic my quotes. I'm not going to rehash conversations I've already had with you. I took the time to point out why your feature list is made up of nothing but gimmicky features, and old legacy junk. If you still use junk like SD cards and HDMI, that's your problem. And if you can't understand why 2 partitions are NOT better than one, again, you're doing it wrong. But if you need more help "one large partition + centralized on demand cloud storage = a much better solution than SD cards you have to fumble around with."

You just have a problem differentiating between gimmicks and real world efficient solutions. Maybe if you where more technical you'd be able to tell the difference.

As for your statistic of 5 to 1 Android phones, quit trying to pass it off as a stat to support your argument, that higher volumes translate to a better product. You know it's not true, but posting misinformation has never stopped you before. It's funny though, when Apple sells high volumes, people are sheep. When Android phones sell high volumes, people are more technical and translates into a better product. LOL, you guys are hilarious.

By Cheesew1z69 on 5/1/2013 4:09:39 PM , Rating: 3
You really couldn't be more of a pathetic loser if you tried...

By retrospooty on 5/1/2013 5:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
"You just have a problem differentiating between gimmicks and real world efficient solutions. Maybe if you where more technical you'd be able to tell the difference."

Just because you don't understand the benefits and cant figure out why having all these optional features are better for some people doesn't mean they aren't good features. You seem to be stuck on stupid with that regard. Maybe if you were more technical you'd be able to see it.

You know what... ? I really should have stopped right here "you seem to get too personally offended when the word Apple is mentioned. You see people as attacking Apple. Right off the bat this phrase from you is a problem "your baseless anti-Apple campaign" Do you not see that as an issue? Why is it that I cannot have an opinion that is negative about Apple in a certain area and it not be a campaign? "

Right there is the root of your problem and everything else you have said is skewed by what I described above.

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