Apple's iOS 7 said to be as flat as Windows Phone, with a lack of gloss and shine
Apparently gone is the gloss and the shine of previous iOS builds, leaving a "flat" look that is said to resemble Windows Phone with its simplicity and lack of textures on digital images of real-life items. Take a look at the old and new design used by Apple for its podcast app and you can see the change from a life-like reel to reel recorder to the current design. Despite the changes, iOS 7 remains intuitive and easy to use. The code name for iOS 7is Innsbruck and brings all new icons for native apps along with newly designed tool bars and tab bars.
Apple is said to also be looking at working on a way that users can glance at the screen to get information. Hmm. That almost sounds like the function of a widget. WWDC 2013 runs from June 10th through the 14th and iOS 7 is expected to be unveiled then. And with the two major proponents of skeumorphic design inside Apple now gone (Steve Jobs and Scott Forstall), you can expect some big changes in the look and feel of iOS 7.
1. jaymulli (Posts: 19; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
This could be either great in the way of change for ios or it could go horribly wrong if not done correctly, either way there in no middle ground in this one.
43. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
i have to agree. finally apple is changing. something they hate is a change. so i like that they are improving their mind set.
47. sprockkets (Posts: 947; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Says the person who more than likely never saw a reel to reel player in his life...
64. -box- (Posts: 3570; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Copying yet again? Sure it is apple-innovative but not industry-innovative.
Bwah. Hah. Hah. WP FTW
65. volcano (Posts: 227; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
you call copying windows phone innovation /facepalm
70. Commentator (Posts: 2184; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
You haven't been around here for very long have you...?
54. 9thWonderful (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
luckily i have an iPad...so i'll be able to preview the update on that before i jump in head first.
77. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
The lack of basic features:
1) no default app selection
2) no free copy file
3) no free open any object
4) just icons
5) stolen statusbar
will fix a "nicer" look?
They really must think their customers are very limited :-)
2. darkkjedii (Posts: 9330; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I honestly can't wait to see what they come up with, but I will call it like I see it...no sugar coating. Apple had better deliver, cuz now that I've tried the s4...the HTC One is looking like my next purchase.
7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6657; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You chose the HTC One? What led you to the One over the S4?
17. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)
He likes to test the devices out and see which one he likes more. There is nothing wrong with that at all. I have the droid Dna but im probably giong to get the s4 and keep my dna till i decide which one i like more. There is nothing wrong with see which device you like better.
57. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Who the fcuk gave you those red thumbs?
I wonder if they have pea sized brains!
Jezz...cut the man some slack! Stupid fanboys!!
61. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6657; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It was a question, not me bashing him. People on this site literally need to read carefully. All I asked was his opinion in why he chose to go with the HTC One, meaning what grabbed him in making his decision. No bashing, hatred, or insult was intended.
67. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)
The reason I said that was more because of the thumbs down i knew would be thrown around as soon as i read his and your comment. To be honest I hate that everyone on here attacks everyone without being educated about everything themselves. I personally work at Verizon selling these phones every day. I just want people to get the device that suits them best. IDC if that the iphone5s, galaxy s4 or the revere. as long as they are educated and they can answer why that phone is the one they want. Im thinking about writing articles for Phonearena just because there is so much bias that it kills me to watch people post things that are incredibly miss leading.
21. darkkjedii (Posts: 9330; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Not chose, but may be "choosing". The s4 I tried out had a lot of lag, and none of the gestures worked when I tried them. They were delayed to the point where I got frustrated, and just used my finger. Also the video camera has no auto compression/auto edit so if the file is too large it simply says can't attach, file size too large, which I don't like. The One performed flawlessly Smurf, it was plain and simply the better working phone. I honestly think Sammy made a mistake by cramming in sooo much, and not upping the ram. The HTC One is very beautiful, and smooth bro...just being honest.
25. Hemlocke (unregistered)
The guys at celltraderonline were mixed about the S4, but I haven't heard of anyone who has had much luck with all of the gestures. Given that Android, TW, and system apps make up over 8GB of internal storage, I could see lag being a problem.
28. darkkjedii (Posts: 9330; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yep that's another thing I don't like, AT&T only sells the 16 gig rite now, and you only get 9 gigs. I'll catch hella flack for this, but even with a 64 gig sd I'd still want more internal storage. If I get an s4 I'd have AT&T order me a 32 gig.
35. blingblingthing (Posts: 385; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
I agree Jedii. Fron what I've seen from the S4 and HTC One videos, the HTC definitely is more snappy hile S4 has its delayed animations. I definitely would would go with a HTC one over a S4.
36. tedkord (Posts: 3946; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Are you in the US? From the little I've read, the Exynos/PowerVR international version is the big brother.
38. darkkjedii (Posts: 9330; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yeah I'm in Vegas Ted. We got the snapdragon version. I seriously think there's more features than RAM though Ted.
40. KFear (Posts: 135; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
Ton and Tons of bloatware. It's insane. A lot of it can be disabled, and if rooted, uninstalled. Still, if you only disable and ignore the gimmicks, it's an amazing phone. I bet you anything that samsung goes for a more dumbed down approach next, like HTC did with the One.
55. darkkjedii (Posts: 9330; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
And I hate tampering with a device, I just feel you shouldn't have to. It should be strictly a want ya know?
44. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
The US S4 is terrible, get an HTC One unless your buying the Exynos 5 version. It is full of lag and problems while Samsung in favor of its own chip has made the Exynos 5 S4 flawless/lag free.
49. iushnt (Posts: 472; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
Dark, may be the s4 you played with had some issues.. Try some other s4..i had chance to play with the exynos version brought from india and i was stunned.. The screen was simply awesome and every gesture worked very well.. No lags.. Don't worry a flagship phone won't lag.. You can try another unit.. I just can't give up looking at the screen of s4..
53. darkkjedii (Posts: 9330; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I'd have to order the exynos 3rd party rite?
69. iushnt (Posts: 472; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
May be that's carrier issue, i just watch a youtube video of at&t s4 done by #everythingapplepro and there are no problems or lags there..i can't guarantee for US versions, but exynos one really kept my jaws dropped..its very responsive and screen will blow you away..
33. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Idk why the hell you're getting red thumbs for this. Idiots, maybe he was curious because he might be pondering between both of those phones his self.
18. chistoefurpuffer (Posts: 139; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
I used both today actually, and man it's pretty hard to choose one over the other for me.
45. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Exynos 5 S4 > HTC One > US S4 (until they fix lag)
58. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I'm expecting apple to bring it in ios 7. With the down stock prices apple might shake things up with the new iOS. Im most likely getting a new phone soon and I'm excited to see what apple does. However don't know if I want to shell out the cash for a new iPhone or HTC ONE. If I do that is going to be a hard choice.
That HTC is ONE is super nice. Just can't stand the front facing speakers.
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6657; Member since: 14 May 2012)
If this were to be true, that's such a shame and disappointment. I was actually excited about iOS 7 and wanting to see what it brings, but after reading this, sounds like it'll be a flop.
Good luck John Ive.
19. cabuya (Posts: 24; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
the real problem is that all aspect of phone ui is already taken if they want to change ios they had to copy some ui only aspect of ui left is 3d and you know apple they want something simple so it run fast because they have crappy hardware
26. Hemlocke (unregistered)
"Crappy hardware"? The best camers, the A6 is faster than many quads, and the screen is still acclaimed. Bad troll.
46. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
The A6 is more than 2x slower than an A15 chip. The only company that can make dual cores good for phones is intel, their dual core is as good if not better than a quad core a15
63. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6657; Member since: 14 May 2012)
A6 chip is only fast because iOS is as light as a feather. Now what I will give credit is the graphics. That is something Apple gets right year after year.
Run a flagship Android on an Apple Swift A6 chip and it will lag. A15 is the future!
74. cabuya (Posts: 24; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
The only real point you have is the yes apple always got it right on camara but FAST no no put the A6 on a android i bet it lag even with project butter on jelly bean and by the way the past year or 2 where did you live under the sea because even the clone goophone i5 almost match retina display the only real strong retina still have a great viewing angle
4. papss (Posts: 3452; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
more cheese ball amateur writing by a blogger... geez PA actually hire some real unbiased writers for once. You might as well have Troll write the article.
Read the article people, we have spin patrol here.
"The new interface is said to be “very, very flat,” according to one source. Another person said that the interface loses all signs of gloss, shine, and skeuomorphism seen across current and past versions of iOS. Another source framed the new OS as having a level of “flatness” approaching recent releases of Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Metro” UI."
"“Flat” design is based on simplicity and pushes aside heavy textures and digital metaphors of real-life objects found in skeumorphic interfaces. “Flatness” could also point to a more streamlined interface across the entire system that can stand the test of time."
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6657; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Chill, as a source said that, not PA. You might want to re-read your comment again because you seem lost.
11. papss (Posts: 3452; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
no actually I didn't... it's how it's worded in their article that makes it sound ridiculous
71. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
Just becuase an article seems to lean towards one side of a spectrum doesnt mean bais dude...the article might just be calling a spade a spade
5. Tele7 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
*ancient aliens guy* Innovation
Anyway...I'm curious which way they changed and how big was that change.
6. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Sounds like the past. When apple moved away from the design ideas of jobs after they fired him and they fell into a huge hole. This time jobs can't come back to save them.
9. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Overall, I like it. I've been waiting for something different in IOS. I hope this is a sign of things to come. Its also a bit in line with the new iTunes.
30. jan25 (Posts: 371; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
one thing for sure, if the next IOS version is any different, it will surely be borrowing many things (gestures, minimalistic theme..) from other competing OSs.
14. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)
This is what im saying apple isnot used to switching tings up like this. I think there are going to be some really big downfalls in the next system. But if they do smoething truely great i will admit it before anyone else. I just dont want anymore of this bs like apple maps and them making it their selling point. If your going to make a new phone lets do it right and make it a huge upgrade. Ill admt i am excited to see if apple can hold it together and deliver.
15. ZeroCide (Posts: 678; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
They will copy from windows phone... call it innovation.... file patents..... sue competitors and the i$heep will buy it at the truth.
16. Jack1192 (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
Personally I prefer the skeumorphic design. It reminds me of how things were before. I love that nostalgic feeling.
27. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Its not to be good. Apple is just to afraid of change. Sure it might different but it not going to wow you coming from the HTC one or GS 4. It's that simple.