iOS 7 revealed with cleaner UI & usability enhancements

Posted:  June 11, 2013   By:    19 comments   


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Apple is giving its iPhone and iPads a new breath of life with its latest iOS 7 operating system. After launching several mobile devices since 2007, the iOS platform has been pretty much the same with minute changes here and there. With the competition stepping up from the Android, BlackBerry and even Windows Phone camp, a change is needed by Apple to keep its mobile devices on par with today’s growing need.

Without a doubt, the iOS platform is one of the easiest to use mobile OS out there. Simplicity has always been a key which allows users from either young or old to pick up an iPhone or iPad and start using it with rather minimal learning curve.

For power users particularly those who have been comfortable with other flexible mobile platforms, would be harder to please on iOS. Biggest challenge is how could Apple offer more control and features but yet maintain the simplicity that it is has been famous for?

Introducing the new iOS 7 which it calls a mobile OS from a new perspective. Firstly you’ll notice a much cleaner look which makes it feel like a completely new device. There’s more usage of skinny fonts and the icons have been redesigned for a more symmetrical look and feel.

Waking up the screen reveals an all new lock screen which uncannily looked familiar. There’s also new floating bubble live wallpaper and translucent UI effects to make it more aesthetically refreshing than before.

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One of the major things we liked is the revamped Control Centre which is accessible by swiping from the bottom. It gives you control for your music and various toggle settings such as WiFi and Bluetooth from anywhere on the phone. Now iPhone/iPad users can toggle crucial settings without fumbling through the Settings menu.

Notification centres have been revamped as well to give more information without opening the specific apps. Plus, you can read your notifications from the lock screen for a quick glance.

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Multi-tasking has been revamped as well with this horizontal carousel look. It looks similar to the Multi-tasking UI found on previous HTC Sense UI, which we are not a fan of. Although this gives user a clearer view of the apps running in the background, power users might find this a chore as you’re only able to see one app in view while scrolling. Personally we would prefer a grid layout for multi-tasking like the ones found on HTC One and BlackBerry Z10.

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The Safari web browser has been revamped as well with a unified tool bar for a simplified look. For those that browses multiple pages at one time, the new Safari comes with a newer tabbed interface which is familiar to those that have used Chrome browser.

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While Apple has yet to adopt NFC, sharing of files among devices is still possible with Air Drop. This is done through WiFi and you can easily share content among your contacts or any devices in the area closely.

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In the imaging department, the Camera UI has revamped with use of swipe gestures. Now toggling between photo, camera and panorama is as easy as swiping from left to right. Since instagram and filters are a trend now, the new camera interface also comes with built-in filters as well.

iOS 7 will be available in Fall 2013 which is sometime in Q3 this year. In terms of device compatibility, it will be coming to iPhone 4, 4S and iPhone 5. For tablet users, iPad 2 and above including the iPad mini will be receiving the updated OS as well.

Overall iOS 7 is interesting and we’re curious. The redesign and the enhancements it brings are welcomed but is it enough to put Apple back on top? We’ll have to wait till September to find out.

Head to Apple’s iOS 7 page for the full details. You can watch the full keynote here.


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19 Comments for iOS 7 revealed with cleaner UI & usability enhancements

Teh

Was receiving a lot of hype for this iOS7, kinda disappointed with it after reading these. I guess the reason why iOS is smoother bcos it lacks of 'power' stuff from android. Is ok since I use my iPad mainly for web browsing while prefer to do other stuff with my SGS3

    Curious

    Pls share what "other stuff" you do on ur android?

tera

Quite good actually , it definitively brings IOS up to speed with Android but dare I say it with more polish. The outdated IOS clunky interface is now history.
Some of the design cues are nice, like the fonts and translucency layers"aka Yahoo Weather app" is very beautiful. And using end to end swipe instead of dedicated back button is a nice touch, reminds me of my beloved N9 .
However the icons need improvement, they look like something out of a "pasar malam" toy iphone.
I think Apple must really be in a hurry, looks like the programmers themselves designed the icons.

RVP20

its version 7 already and yet no widget…no personal preference on customization which is the key for most of the smartphone users

    TEST

    You see, Apple's code is simplicity. So there wont be any customization allowed on their devices. Unless their CEO decides to break that code

amokio

Surprise now, and will get disappointed in the next few days…

jibam

Is this innovation…

mjoe

boring home screen, ios home screen messy with icons apps.

Ben

Android + WindowsPhone + MeeGo = iOS7
iOS7 lost it original icon.

    lalala

    It definitely looks nicer when compared to the earlier os, i even think its better than the stock android only in terms of the looks though, functionality wise,that still remains to be seen.

      Alex

      It looks worst when compared to the previous iOS.

leela

the font type reminds me of my friend's microsoft zune.

lacks originality but i love the minimalism.

borneoboi

Heloo everyone. haha. weel i live in kuching and i bought the developer pass. So i just finished downloading the first beta of iOS 7 and dayumm. As soon as the unlock screen comes on, you immediately feel at home. the whole really is Simplism at its best. As a fanboy myself, i have to say that i think they did cpy and paste some things from android and windows phone. Some very Windows phone like animations. haha. but the home screen really is nice and toned down. Being first beta, kindaaa buggy. Siri doesn't always work. But one of my favourite new feature is control centre. It just works. lols. The camera app is still the same but very much different. Its nice but it somehow makes you miss the old camera app. Filters are nice too. Don't have to dwnld 3rd party app. can't test out air drop yet cuz no one to try it with. I've only had it for like 15 mins. But the wallpaper feels like a live wallpapers. the stock wallpapers are reallyy nice. but everything else is the same. It just has a facelift. So yeahhh

kelvin

Like it of not, that is when Windows Phone went flat, everyone gone flat with it.

amin

No original idea..copy, paste, modified a little bit..

jamielee

Kinda love this new "facelift" UI. Cant wait to upgrade to iOS7.

Ken

Steve Job: Innovation
Tim Cook: Copy, Paste

Eric

Frankly, did Apple actually invent anything? They didn't invent the desktop, the mouse,the mp3 player nor the smartphone. They just made it better. And here you are, having Android fans dissing about how Apple does not innovate. Well, it has never innovated. This industry is about taking what one thinks is good and incorporating it into their products without violation of patents. If Apple takes ideas from Windows, Google, BB, et.al, so what? And before anyone starts dissing me, I have both Android and iOS devices. Both have their pros and cons. I prefer some features of the iOS over those of Android and vice versa. So to each his own and just give credit where it is due.

tera

Finally some balanced comments on Soya Cincau. I use both a Nexus 4 and iphone 5, and I agree with your comments. Android is so much better in terms of functionality, usability but ironically it is not as satisfying to use. The apps doesn't look as good and doesn't have the smoothness and polish that their IOS counterpart has. Why is that so,it has always puzzles me.
On the other hand, that walled sandbox that Apple builds into IOS drives me mad sometimes. Google is just streets ahead in services.