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

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.


source: Thisisentropy via GIGaom

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25 Comments

1. DeejayReact

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

6. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

12. DeejayReact

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 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! =)

14. zhiae unregistered

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

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

21. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 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.

22. astroparthi

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 19, 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...

2. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

iapps gone flat

3. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

17. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

23. astroparthi

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 19, 2009

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

24. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Moderation is the key. :-)

7. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

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

9. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 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.......

13. DeejayReact

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

18. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

4. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Lets see how many developers follow.

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

10. damokles unregistered

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

11. feres13

Posts: 307; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

15. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

That's a funny title LMAO.

20. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

25. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

the io6 pic 3 is jailbroke

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