Survey: 95% of iOS developers will update their apps to work on iOS 7
Jony Ive's redesigned iOS 7 removes the bright glossy colors with a flatter pastel look. And the skeumorphic icons favored by Scott Forstall and the late Steve Jobs are gone.
While 95% of developers surveyed are going to offer an updated iOS 7 version of their apps, 52% of the same group say that they will update their app so that that it works only on iOS 7. That might end up with some iPhone owners making a tough decision if they don't like iOS 7, but an app that they use often requires it. The problem is that "the depth and breadth of the changes in iOS 7 makes it difficult to support older versions of the OS," according to Hockenberry. On the other hand, if a particular app only runs on iOS 7, those with an older iOS device might have to start to consider upgrading to a new version of the device.
With 94% of iOS users currently running iOS 6, a similarly quick and successful result for iOS 7 is expected. The newest build of Apple's mobile OS will give developers the chance to use AirDrop for wireless content sharing, support for apps using low energy Bluetooth, high frame rate video capture, Inter-App Audio for streaming audio between music apps, and a new Map Kit for navigation. The iOS 7 update will come pre-installed on new iterations of Apple's iOS devices and can be updated on devices as far back as 2010's Apple iPhone 4 and the following year's Apple iPad 2.
1. Sesameopen (Posts: 84; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
50% will make it IOS 7 only? Good fight my iPhone 4. Laggs like crap on Ios 7 beta 4
2. Shatter (Posts: 1747; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Android has become super smooth and iphones keep getting laggier.
10. E.N. (Posts: 2217; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
From what I've read, the S4 is pretty laggy and that phone was just released a couple of months ago. The iPhone 4 was released when again?
12. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 536; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
I think its touchWiz which makes s4 laggy
also i heard nexus 4 is pretty smooth.
and of course android need higher specs to run smooth unlike ios and wp. May be key lime pie may change that
keep in mind that android have more features than ios and wp combined.
24. darkkjedii (Posts: 8915; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
His comment was pretty lame, considering Sesameopen said its an ip4 running iOS 7 beta. Shatter likes green thumbs, and will say anything to get em.
45. PootisMan (Posts: 174; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
Then you've never tried a Nexus 4. That device is really smooth even when compared to the gs4 which has superior specs.
15. rantao333 (Posts: 140; Member since: 21 May 2013)
yup when comparing my 2 years old iphone vs the latest android , they feel like tied now.. not bad for android catching up
38. joey_sfb (Posts: 1867; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
why is this a Apple vs android flame war again it's just saying app developer are updating their software to iOS 7 and does not concern android users one bit.
29. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
android phones, especially with deep customizations of UI like what samsung has, will lag and even octacore cpu can't bail it out. that is why i'm using nova launcher on a non nexus device just to make it smooth.
34. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)
Wake up bro , he has iPhone 4 which have been released 3 years ago , of course it will lag
41. Tazer2365 (Posts: 43; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
"iPhones keep getting laggier" haha that's so funny, have you even used an iPhone 5? Sure an iPhone 4 can be laggy, but that phone was introduced in 2010, 3 years ago. From what I know, an iPhone 5 is pretty fast and can get the job done, you're just biased. Android isn't butter smooth either.
47. selena1000 (Posts: 81; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
iPHONE keeps getting laggier???
Even an Android user know thats total sh#t
55. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2741; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
You mean like the buttery smooth experience of the S4 where users have complained of lag and slowdown?
56. darkkjedii (Posts: 8915; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Shatter, you'll say just about anything to get green thumbs huh?
14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5155; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I suspect that even iP5 will have lag issues with iOS7. True multi-tasking OSs seem to require 2 Mb of RAM to avoid lag.
16. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
True multi tasking OS require 2gb of ram? iOS is totally different than Android which happens to be open source and everyone adds skins on it making it require more and more ram. Plus iOS is built for ONE specific hardware and that hardware is made by same company so software and hardware works perfectly together. iOS will allways require less ram and less cpu power than android. Dont confuse iOS with Android and please don't generalize something that cant be generalized. Its like saying all cars in the world require 200bhp to go 100mph..
20. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5155; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
All cars do require an engine to run. If it is an internal combustion engine, 6 cylinders are better than 4.
iOS 7 is going to be pretty close to the definition of true multi-tasking OS. Also, most implementations of Android have been released for ARM class CPU, so your assertion about iOS being released for one specific hardware falls on its face.
Please don't generalize something that can't be generalized.
23. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
You are generizlizing two different OS and two different hardware. Quite smart eh? Its same like comparing MAC OS X vs WIN8. They both need same ram to work fine? JUST LOL
28. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5155; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Ummm. Didn't I read somewhere that Apple's A series chips (the ones that are in the iP toys) are ARM-based? Who is generalizing two different OS and two different hardware?
To continue the analogy, OSX and WIn8 both run x86 microcode. Oh, and BTW, try running OSX 10.8 and Win8 Pro on 1 Mb of RAM. Last I read, MS is specing the Surface Pro with 4 Mb RAM. How much RAM is Apple specing a MacBook Air running the Core i5 CPU with? Hint: the number starts with 4....
32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5155; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Edit: the Core i5 Surface Pro is equipped with 4 Gb (as opposed to Mb) RAM. For some reason, my spell checker doesn't like Gb. Let the debate continue.
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 8915; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
He got you Doug. Martin_Cooper 1 Droid_x_Doug 0.
30. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 571; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Mine is smooth as a baby's bottom on Beta 4. There are still some incompatible apps, but Bsta 4 is great.
33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5155; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Your what is running smooth on Beta 4? iP5? 4S? Out of curiosity, which apps are incompatible with Beta 4?
37. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 571; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
iPhone 5. I have two that like to crash on iOS 7: Orcish Librarian and IMDB.
39. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5155; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Interesting. IMDB is pretty mainstream. Any response from IMDB developer as to why their app crashes? Have you tested any fast-paced action games on Beta 4?
53. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 571; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
I reinstalled IMDB (I had uninstalled it on Beta 2), and it is working well now. Asphalt 7 Heat works great, as do the rest of my games.
44. icyrock1 (Posts: 241; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Windows phone runs "True" multi-tasking just fine with a single GB of ram (hell, it runs fine with half a GB of ram). iOS 7 will be fine.
48. papss (Posts: 2884; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
I'm a wp8 fan through and through but it doesn't do true multitasking.. It's more in line with iOS in that regard.
21. ankiipankii (Posts: 28; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)
sam here dude,no live wallpaper..even laggy ,transitions are slow and laggy to
3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 536; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Apple definitely have noble customers and app developers.
ios7 is absolutely a nice improvements over ios7 but the new UI is kinda disappointing, expectations were too high though.
13. noim1 (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 May 2012)
WEll thats a no brainer .....every1 will update to ios 7 as soon as apple starts seeding the update....C'mon every1 wants Android Features !!!!!
18. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 202; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
Its true, I miss quite few of android features that I had on my HTC ONE X. On the other hand I am more than happy without those cool features than having a simple, super smooth OS that has the best ecosystem. Thank god for choices.
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 8915; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Exactly! I chose to own an ip5, and note 2, but could never be without my iPhone. It's my go to device, and a lot of that's due to the vast ecosystem.
22. fanboy1974 (Posts: 943; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Everyone but 3GS and iPad 1 users. Apple was still selling the 3GS about a year ago and many people still have 1st gen iPads. If 95% of apps require iOS 7 then I better sale my first gen iPad quick.
31. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 571; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
The 3Gs is over 4 years old. The iPad 1 is over three, and it's a first-gen device. Name another smartphone that received factory OS updates after two years.
35. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5155; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
3GS isn't getting the full release of iOS 6. Siri for example. I doubt 3 GS will get anything of iOS 7.
36. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 571; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
It was over 3 years old when iOS6 came out. The SGSII is only a little over two, and it is the longest updated Android device.
40. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5155; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
The debate that is going on up around post 16 & 20 is more about resource requirements of iOS 7 compared to Android. Up to iOS v. 6, things could be stripped out (or disabled, like Siri) to enable iOS to run on earlier gen iToys. I believe those days are over with iOS v. 7. I could be mistaken; we will see in a few months.
54. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 571; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Siri was never enabled because of hardware, just like Google Now on older devices that didn't get ICS.
52. networkdood (Posts: 5248; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Lol...wow...wake me when Apple catches up to Android...could be a long nap.
57. Ninetysix (Posts: 1010; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Why would a company need to catch up to a mobile OS?
58. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
And 90% of apps never get downloaded right?