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Jony Ive pushing a flatter, simpler iOS design to the Apple design committee

0. phoneArena 21 Mar 2013, 16:49 posted on

It sounds like we may finally get our wish, Apple may finally update the UI of iOS. If you want to be kind, the UI on iOS is consistent; if you don't want to be kind, it's stale. Aside from the notification tray and adding a row of icons, the iOS UI hasn't really changed since the iPhone first hit the market, but it sounds like that is changing. Apparently, Jony Ive is even pushing a flatter, simpler iOS design to the Apple design committee...

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posted on 22 Mar 2013, 02:09

68. gallison83 (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

That all depends on how you use it. That extra inch might net a better YouTube experience, but honestly multitasking is best left to something with enough horsepower and screen real estate to actually display it, like 15.6 inches, with a triple core AMD Phenom II, 8 GB of RAM and an SSD with 230/160 mbps read/write. You might have convinced me with only 3G data that multitasking was vital. With LTE data speeds, I can leave threads on my mobile processor dedicated only to the task on the screen with slight dips for an incoming message or email, then I could fly over to the next app and update on an LTE backbone within seconds. Don't bring a steak knife to the forest expecting to clear land. :P Then again, I'm a traditionalist who loves his PC and would rather work from it over a phone.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:55

77. infinitemethod (Posts: 150; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

I agree with you to an extent, however, I am a power user (have a Note 2) and with the ability to have two apps open at once on that display in or out of the office, I actually get a ton of work done on the device. Of course the sg3 display is smaller, it still has that functionality, which is nice!

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 08:30

78. Tuxedo (Posts: 352; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Actually, that's the interesting part; even with the screen off, it will use over half its charge overnight if you leave radios on and the phone unplugged.

Not to mention, the GS3 has a 48% higher capacity battery; that should more than make up for it, but it does not.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 10:27 1

79. infinitemethod (Posts: 150; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

Yeah, that's horrible. My Note 2 lasts more than a day and has very little overnight drain. Maybe 3 or 4%.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:02 14

4. cloud_atlas1991 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

FLATTER and SIMPLER are tantamount to UGLIER and MORE BORING.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 20:28 1

45. Hemlocke (unregistered)

No, it's tantamount to ditching hideous skeumorphic elements like the cassette tape player in Podcasts, or getting rid of the faux leather look in the calendar app.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 23:50

59. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

In short getting rid of all traces of Forstall and Steve Jobs :D

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 00:03

62. gallison83 (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

So I can take my Toyota Corolla and throw a huge body kit on it, ground effects, custom wheels and a Pep Boys muffler tip and make my car more interesting?

I'd rather strip the car down, remove unneeded creature comfort systems and reinforce the frame to make the car light, lean, and efficient. That's how I run my Android tablet. My Android tablet pretty much mirrors (as much as my tab can) how my iPhone is set up. Lets have some civilized conversation, now shall we?

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:02 8

5. jphillips63 (Posts: 238; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

iOS is for folks who are scared of change. It may work and work well for those fan boys who thinks its the in thing but really iOS will never be anything exciting.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:10 1

8. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)

They're talking about design of the OS not functionality. I think the changes would probably include toning the "cutesie" app designs like felt in Gamecenter, and other designs that look like textures we are familiar with or represent the actual item.

Probs not something like thishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv-r9UTGri4

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:11 5

9. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

Jeez a two year old chimp could use iOS so how the gonna make it simpler!!

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:45 2

19. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

WHoyton1 -- the GUI runs on top of the iOS. The two year chimp knows how to use iOS GUI.

Please learn to discern the difference GUI and OS. Most android bashers make the same mistake. The GUI is stale and dated, but the iOS is still robust.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:21 9

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Simpler means it still looks the same. Looks like they don't want too evolve their ios.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 20:28

44. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)

so that means that Android is not a simple OS right?

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 21:14 1

49. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Actually android is quite simple, I see lots of easy to do things in there

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 22:40 1

54. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

I guess it would depend on IQ. It's simpler than learning to drive a car for sure but tougher than plain walking.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 23:49

58. gallison83 (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Simpler oftentimes equals efficiency. If your GUI is pulling far less power, then you are free to optimize other processes without sacrificing battery life. Android did the same thing with Project Butter. They made things simpler in the GUI so that they could run VSYNC at 60 FPS. If VSYNC @ 60 FPS was run on ICS or Gingerbread, you probably would end up blowing your graphics cores under the stress or sacrifice your battery or sacrifice your performance on your widgets and apps.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:38

14. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 164; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

I really appreciate the designs of this man they are incredible let's see if this will work with ios

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:42 10

16. Fuego84 (Posts: 351; Member since: 13 May 2012)

Apple ran out of ideas and they can't steal ideas like they used to because everyone armed themselves with patents when Apple began patent trolling. They did it to themselves over a panic that Samsung would eat their market share.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 17:46 8

20. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

Oh oh, this is the groundbreaking change the stupid analyst predicted!!! It will change everything, again! (thrid time, for those counting how many times apple used that stupid meme).

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 12:43

84. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

It was only three?? Could have sworn it was more.... lol

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 19:02

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

This new UI is going to change the damn world!!!

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 19:04 2

33. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Basically a hint that nothing much will be happening ... it will be an eye wash ...

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 20:14 2

41. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

If anything happens you won't see it till iOS 8 or 9

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 20:23

43. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


posted on 21 Mar 2013, 20:56

47. Allen3697 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

How much more simpler can it get??

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 21:18

50. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I think simple is such a subjective word, and iOS is just marketed as simple, when is far from being that, simple is just a word of marketing.... People think is simple because apple says so, not because its really simple to the consumer doing average stuff, and honestly it has just become a see saw of parts they have been attaching year after year...

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 00:08 2

63. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

How can it be simple when to clear cache of open browser session i have to close browser (ie go to home) open Settings and then clear cache and then again go to home and fire safari. Call this simple? SIMPLE My foot.

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 00:34 1

64. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Its what I'm talking about, you can totally see how iOS is minimalist yet not simple, for starters the lockscreen

On android you have the lock screen, move the ball outwards of the circle, and it unlocks, every time the screen goes on the lock screen will "tilt" inviting the user to swipe left of right, one side for the camera, the other for widgets.

On iOS it says swipe to unlock , now for camera witch looks like a button user must swipe up, but for messages user needs to swipe right, there is no hint telling the user about it.

Another example is the keyboard, its always in caps, press randomly the caps button and tell me if you can tell if its lowercase or UPPERCASE.

And that's just the start, iOS has a forced crown, the foul king of simplicity...

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 01:18

67. infinitemethod (Posts: 150; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

Excellent example! By the time tt takes me to check the weather and set an alarm for instance, I have to open 2 to 3 apps in ios. I can look at my android homescreen and have that info right there right in front of me and then make one click on clock to set an alarm. Ios is so far behind, nothing they do will change that.

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