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Apple finally revamps the design aesthetic of iOS

Today is a big day for Apple. Many in the tech industry have taken swipes at the company over the lack of new products, the stagnation of iOS, and the rise of Samsung in the smartphone arena. Apple is looking to tackle at least one of those sore points today with the introduction of iOS 7.


The Lockscreen now supports animated backgrounds... where've we seen that before?
 
The overall look of iOS 7 is quite colorful with flourishes that bring to mind both Android and Windows Phone 8 (courtesy of iOS’ newfound “flatness”).
 
Control Center allows you to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to quickly access Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/Screen brightness etc. This is "quick access" functionality that Android users have experienced for years. Apple has also vastly improved multitasking that interestingly looks a bit like what we've already seen with webOS.

From left to right: Weather, Control Center, Safari tabs 

Safari has a new full screen mode, Smart Search field, and a new interface for tabs (you are no longer limited to just 8 tabs).
 
IOS 7 also includes AirDrop, which allows you to quickly share files with friends that are nearby. Craig Federighi took a quick jab at Samsung by stating that you don't have to "bump" phones together to share information.


 
From left to right: Notification Center, Multitasking, AirDrop 

The Camera app has also been given a makeover to make it easier to switch between video, photo, and panorama modes. And instead of seeing an endless scrolling stream of photos that you've taken, the iOS 7 Photos app uses geotagging information to group your photos together based on when and where you were when you took them.


The new Photos app
 
Siri has been upgraded with new, high-quality female and male voices. You can now speak to Siri to do things like turning on/off Bluetooth/Wi-Fi or changing your screen brightness.
 
The App Store has been revamped with the new features aimed at parents (choosing apps by age range) and by showing you popular apps based on your current location. In addition, apps now update in the background (again, a feature that has been available on competing platforms for quite some time).
 
Eddie Cue also introduced iTunes Radio, which has been long rumored for iOS 7. It's free (ad-supported), but those who use iTunes Match will get the service without ads. If your familiar with services like Pandora, Google Play Music, or Spotify; you pretty much know what to expect from iTunes Radio.
 
Other features to look for in iOS 7 include FaceTime audio (high quality voice-only calls over Wi-Fi), Notifications Sync (if you dismiss a notification on your iPhone, it is also dismissed on your iPad), and “iOS in the Car”.
 
The first iOS 7 beta will be available today for the iPhone, while iPad users will gain access in the coming weeks. The full public rollout will take place this fall.

Source: Apple



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RE: I like the multitask task switcher...
By quiksilvr on 6/10/2013 4:19:49 PM , Rating: 2
How? The control center should just be a bar along the top of the notification center which you can then tap to expand. That way I can switch to WiFi and look at notifications at the same time without having to swipe to two different locations. It's less efficient.


RE: I like the multitask task switcher...
By retrospooty on 6/10/2013 4:22:46 PM , Rating: 2
"How? The control center should just be a bar along the top of the notification center which you can then tap to expand. That way I can switch to WiFi and look at notifications at the same time without having to swipe to two different locations. It's less efficient."

Not as good as Android, but better than it was on IOS 1-6. It's at least an improvement.


RE: I like the multitask task switcher...
By cyberguyz on 6/10/2013 5:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed.

That it took Apple 6 releases to pull their heads out of their collective butts and finally figure out something Android was doing almost since day one was actually useful.

Wow. Just... wow.

Hope Google made their patents fuzzy enough to cover this (apple sliding the toggles up from the bottom rather than down from the top).


RE: I like the multitask task switcher...
By Fleeb on 6/10/2013 9:46:25 PM , Rating: 2
Not that they just realized it. It's more of the fact that they don't want that image of "copying" the competition at the same time if they did, they wanted to say, "it's not about who did it first, but who did it better".

Problem is, it is not really better over the competition.


By retrospooty on 6/10/2013 11:18:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yup... At least with the iPhone, the greatly improved o the tech they copied. With notifications and the UI, its sort of an obvious copy, but not as good as either original.

It will be interesting to see how the task switching UI they copied works in real usage... Will Apple make it be better than the tech they copied, worse than the tech they copied, or equal to the tech they copied?


RE: I like the multitask task switcher...
By EnzoFX on 6/10/2013 5:30:39 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, maybe people don't want to put together two very different types of tasks. Checking if you missed a call, vs. changing brightness or something.

Secondly is it really together? On my Android tablet, if there's a notification, I have to tap once to bring it up, and another time if I want to go into the control stuff. 2 taps, versus 1 swipe in a different direction. It's just a different approach.


By Solandri on 6/10/2013 6:29:06 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure how it is in iOS, but I had an Android launcher which had a bottom swipe function. Top swipe works because the top space is dedicated to the notification bar. Outside of full-screen apps (mostly games), the only reason you'll ever touch the top is to do a top swipe to open the notification pane.

The bottom swipe was problematic because lots of icons and other functionality resides at the bottom. I had to turn bottom swipe off because if I tried to swipe with a non-greasy finger and my finger paused, it would do something like launch an app instead.


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