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Apple isn't putting a gun to developers' heads, but iOS 6 apps need to be upgraded for iOS 7

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Apple isn't putting a gun to developers' heads, but iOS 6 apps need to be upgraded for iOS 7
If you remember the way that those apps that didn't support the Retina display on the Apple iPhone 4 looked, you might have an idea what apps not upgraded to support iOS 7 will look like once the updated OS is released to the public. Those who have installed the iOS 7 beta say that without updating, apps look dated and old. Developers that take the time to update their apps will not have to worry about Apple iPhone users uninstalling them in droves because of looks.

For those in the process of designing apps for the iPhone, Apple suggests writing for iOS 7 first, and then make adjustments for iOS 6 if needed. And while Apple hasn't posted a specific deadline or due date for developers to submit changes, iOS 7 is going to be launched this fall.

Apps will need to be upgraded to reflect the new color scheme. Menus, buttons, icons, and navigation keys will need to be revamped. This is not the time to be lazy because iPhone users are not going to be inclined to install any app that doesn't mesh well with the new UI. Still, Apple is not forcing developers to update their titles which could lead to a bifurcated App Store.


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posted on 14 Jun 2013, 13:26 12

1. DeejayReact (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Total shame. Watching them go from basically creating the smartphone market, to playing catch-up with everyone else bothers me. I love my note 2, but I would switch back in a second if they actually got the hardware/software combo right.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 13:47 2

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3196; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I agree. There are still many things I'd like to see added before I would even consider it. This was a good effort I think, but they kinda missed the mark with the visuals. I've given up on the hopes of different hardware. After owning the Note 2, I can't imaging anything less than a 5.5 inch screen now. I know Apple, the kings of "one-handed operation" won't be making one anytime soon, so Note3, HTC One max, or LG G Pro 2 for me next.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 14:43 2

12. DeejayReact (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I feel you, brother. I love my note. A smaller screen doesn't really bother me though as long as its between 4.5 and 5 inches. The screen on the HTC One is bonkers! =)

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 16:22

14. zhiae (Posts: 174; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


the only showed ios7 because they wanted every thing together ios7,mac book air, mac pro etc

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 21:22 2

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 2899; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I think the old interface is easier on the eye. The New interface is just functional.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 06:28

21. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


It really is a shame. Although, for me personally, I'm really looking forward to the new rainbowy fresh look of iOS7. I also agree, 5 and half inches can be too much to handle at times but, you get used to it and somehow it brings you a little bit more satisfaction.

Yeah, and definitely, iOS 6 apps need to be updated to support the new rainbow and so do iOS3, iOS4 and iOS6, respectively, because if they are not it's just utter fragmentation. And, gee-golly, I'm getting tired of being a fragmented mess.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 07:25 1

22. astroparthi (Posts: 24; Member since: 19 Nov 2009)


so u r always carrying a separate bag to carry ur phone...?? mmhmm great... samsung is going to make a laptop with call features ... and people will go crazy to buy that.... RIP Innovation...

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 13:32

2. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


iapps gone flat

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 13:37 4

3. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Some of the new looks far better than the old but some of the old is miles ahead, IMO. The weather page for iOS6 looks far better than the flat one of 7.

Beyond the actual UI though, what's to make developers adapt the flat world approach to appearances? From what I've read, there are still apps with black borders because they don't fit the new 4" screen. I seriously doubt people won't download apps because they don't mesh with the Metro approach, if it's a great app, people won't care.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 13:45 4

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8260; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The weather app in iOS 7 looks wayyyyyyy better than the one on iOS 6. I want whatever you're smoking lol.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 17:18 1

17. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Not a fan of Metro. We live in a 3D world, not a flat one. While skeumorphism might have been overdone a tad bit, a little texture was a good thing.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 07:27

23. astroparthi (Posts: 24; Member since: 19 Nov 2009)


may be we live but we are not used to... :) and actually it will create head ache... :D ... atleast on my perspective..

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 08:43

24. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Moderation is the key. :-)

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 13:53 2

7. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


I am with you man....the weather in ios 6 looks way better than the one in ios 7

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 14:03 1

9. alltechinside (Posts: 239; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


I disagree. The problem with iOS 6 weather app is that the app doesn't take full advantage of the screen. You can see the black borders on the top and the bottom. That looks more like a widget than an app tbh. Even the mail app on iOS 7 looks better than the one in iOS 6. Clean and simple. However, the app icons.......

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 14:44

13. DeejayReact (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


9to5mac already reporting Apple is starting to change the icons... LOL

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 17:20

18. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Both show all the information you need though. If it looks a bit like a widget, is that a bad thing? It has depth, contrast, and better color so I'd take it any day over the plain looking one.

I do like the mail one in 7 though. Like I said, some things have been improved, it's just a mix right now.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 13:43 1

4. ZeroCide (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Lets see how many developers follow.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 13:58 1

8. roscuthiii (Posts: 1796; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Good thing iOS 7 is still in beta... it needs some work. Going by the side-by-side, I'd easily pick 6 over 7.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 14:04

10. damokles (unregistered)


I dont know about you guys, but the homescreen of iOS7 looks like its colors were inverted xD

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 14:27

11. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


This is what happens when you change alot when it comes to software design and how the phone works. Same issue with Android : Tons of apps aren't updated to the new Android 4.x HOLO design guidelines and they require a menu button that can result in ugly black bars on phones like the HTC One, or they simply don't fit and don't look Holo and remid us of how dull Android 2.x was and how it didn't have any design guidelines.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 16:58

15. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Don't worry devs. You'll be back at it again when Apple increases the screen size and resolution in iphone 6. And they have the nerve to complain about Android.

posted on 14 Jun 2013, 17:18

16. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6427; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That's a funny title LMAO.

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 01:15

20. garz_pa (Posts: 153; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I'm not an iOS fan but I still prefer the old one.

posted on 16 Jun 2013, 10:41

25. mrblah (Posts: 436; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


the io6 pic 3 is jailbroke

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