Apple isn't putting a gun to developers' heads, but iOS 6 apps need to be upgraded for iOS 7
posted by Alan F. / Jun 14, 2013, 1:19 PM
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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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 Jun 14, 2013, 1:26 PM 12
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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 Jun 14, 2013, 1:47 PM 2
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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 Jun 15, 2013, 6:28 AM 0
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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 Jun 14, 2013, 1:37 PM 4
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The weather app in iOS 7 looks wayyyyyyy better than the one on iOS 6. I want whatever you're smoking lol.
posted on Jun 14, 2013, 1:45 PM 4
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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 Jun 14, 2013, 2:03 PM 1
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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 Jun 14, 2013, 5:20 PM 0
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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 Jun 14, 2013, 2:27 PM 0
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