28 Jun 2013

iOS 7: Apple’s Biggest Design Overhaul Yet

Apple recently announced the next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, which the firm’s CEO, Tim Cook, has described as being “the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone”.

Unveiled during Apple’s 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference in California the smartphone world saw the new software for the first time – and it has been treated to a complete visual overhaul.

Jony Ive, Apple’s hardware designer, led the process of these major changes, which for the first time sees the platform’s design transformed into a light, bright, minimalist interface that is said to look fantastic on the Retina display.

App icons will become 2D and appear softer thanks to the addition of vibrant, pastel colours. On the whole the software looks a lot more attractive and fonts have been simplified to make things easier to read. These changes make for a completely unobtrusive user interface and the removal of unnecessary buttons and bars ensures only the things you really need are at your fingertips.

While all of these changes may sound small on paper, when combined, these elements enhance the overall look and feel of the platform, setting it apart from anything that the firm has previously produced.

Several new apps and features have also been introduced, including the Control Centre which could be compared with Google’s Android OS. A swipe down reveals a translucent panel featuring Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Airplane mode settings, as well as music controls, a brightness slider and shortcut to the camera app.

iOS 7 By Apple

Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, Siri, has also been given a make-over and will now have Bing and Wikipedia at its disposal. AirDrop has been added to enable quick and easy sharing with friends, while the US iteration of iOS 7 will also bring iTunes Radio, a Spotify-like streaming service, to the fore.

Every part of iOS 7 has been tweaked and redesigned and the Cupertino company claims this new structure will feel completely different to anything it has created before. However, Cook was quick to reiterate that the interface hasn’t lost any of its familiarity or ease of use; it has simply been enhanced to make for a better, more fluid user experience.

The new mobile platform is due to be released in the UK some time in the autumn, and will be compatible with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, the two main competitors to other leading T-Mobile contractphones, as well as any iPad after the iPad 2, the iPad Mini and the latest iPod Touch.

iOS 7 marks the start of a new chapter for Apple’s OS and on the company’s website it says: “Redesigning the way it works led us to redesigning the way it looks.” It goes on to state “good design is design that’s in the service of the experience”.

Smartphone software lies at the heart of any mobile device and these latest developments let users and potential consumers see Apple from a completely new perspective, which can only be a good thing in what is a hugely competitive market.

Faizan Ahmad

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