Print 61 comment(s) - last by testerguy.. on May 6 at 1:24 PM

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

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

By testerguy on 5/6/2013 1:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
I know, he has turned out to be kind of the perfect stereotypical Apple fanboy... Thinks Apple can do no wrong. Condescending at all times. Doesn't listen or care about any reason why a competing product might be better. Denies any feature Apple is missing is useful (these are the same dopes that don't want more than a 3.5 inch screen or 4G until of course, Apple got it, then it became important). Thinks they are technically inclined, and anyone that has a different need or opinion must therefore be non-technically inclined. Doesn't listen to reason. Only posts in threads about Apple or Apples competition and 100% on Apples side always, no matter the issue... And most importantly - Gets personally offended if anyone doesn't like anything about Apple - and attacks them for it as if its an "Anti Apple campaign"

This is just unbelievable. You're the 'perfect stereotypical Apple hater'. Think Apple can do no right. Fails to be condescending. Doesn't listen or care about any reason behind Apple leading customer satisfaction or reliability studies (or sales). Denies any feature iPhones have is useful (for example the smaller screen which facilitates better one handed use, larger storage capacities, less storage taken up by bloat, faster and smoother OS, thinner and lighter than any other flagship (as well as less wide and less tall), better in drop tests, longer battery life, equivalent FPS despite being released 8 months prior to the SG4).

Thinks they are technically inclined (but can't work out how to use cloud storage and/or use a portable charger, or how to drag/drop files on an iPhone), so anyone who actually isn't dumb enough to fail at these things must therefore be non-technically inclined. Doesn't understand let alone listen to reason. 100% against Apple, no matter the issue - and most importantly gets personally offended if anyone doesn't go with an Android phone instead of an iPhone - and attacks them for it as if it's a 'pro-Apple campaign'.

You are absolutely absurd. You're the most obvious Apple hater fanboy I have EVER come across on any forum. On top of that you have properly backwards political views - it's like you're an old fart with a mission to push Android. You're all over it with your lists on every_single_Apple_thread. You identify anyone who corrects you as an Apple fanboy or invested in Apple - when it's you who has the issues.

"If you mod me down, I will become more insightful than you can possibly imagine." -- Slashdot

Most Popular ArticlesSmartphone Screen Protectors – What To Look For
September 21, 2016, 9:33 AM
UN Meeting to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
September 21, 2016, 9:52 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
Update: Problem-Free Galaxy Note7s CPSC Approved
September 22, 2016, 5:30 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki