Concept gives iOS icons the Live Tile treatment

Concept gives iOS icons the Live Tile treatment
It is no secret that the user experience and design of iOS on the iPhone and other “i-devices” is dated. While the selection of apps, and arguably the general stability of the platform make up a bit for lack of the interface, it is simply old. Apple knows this, and that is part of the reason why the company showed the door to Scott Forstall during a realignment of the Board of Directors

Love them or hate them, the Live Tiles of Windows Phone offer a unique and functional interface for users. The widgets in Android do as well, but not all Android apps get to be a widget, whereas Microsoft is opening up the environment to encourage developers to bring a real-time effect to their apps and take advantage of what a live tile might offer.  Whatever your preference, both platforms offer a top layer functionality that iOS does not.

As Apple pursues the development of the next version of iOS and whatever it may bring to the user experience, imagine what that experience would look like if Live Tiles met widgets in iOS. Max Rudberg is a visual and user interface designer. He took the idea of widgets and tiles and incorporated them in a concept for iOS.

The concept looks pretty nice overall. It would be interesting if Apple were to adopt an idea like this, as Microsoft and others would be sure to notice while contending with a lawsuit over Live Tiles

source: The Next Web



1. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

This would be awesome! Very clean looking too. Looks alot like WP8 though but I guess its supposed to

9. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no! never! Google has to sue Apple if IT uses widgets!!! no way iOS will become a real smartphone not just with icons! iOS will become exact copy of Android soon like he has already been stealing all the time, see the facts:

40. nwright94 unregistered

I'm pretty sure androids open sourced nature prevents them from suing people over widgets. Windows 7 had widgets and technically iOS has "widgets" in the notification screen. If google could sue apple over UI design features, they would've been sued awhile ago for the notifications.

46. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Im joking....I know the "widgets" from Vista :) But open source doesnt mean it can not be patented ;)

50. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Widget already exists for along time, even windows vista has the desktop widgets. Mac os x has desktop widgets. Stop claim the widget display is android's. You are morrons, hahahaha

51. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Can you read? Read previous comment ;)

21. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It doesn't look anything like WP and entirely like widgets on android

55. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

yep thats about would have to, once again, be a blind fool to believe this looks like wp tiles and even if it did.......wouldnt that give microsoft the right to .....what is that word im looking for? ........Sue?

29. MeoCao unregistered

Live tile is just a gimmick: 1. You have to look at the screen all the time to get the information b-c the information appears on the screen only briefly. 2. You have constantly jumping from page to page to check with live tiles' updates and hope you don't miss anything in between. 3. You need a great memory to remember all the bits of information. 4. You can't act on the information from live tiles. So you can see that live tiles are virtually useless and what is the point to use the system anywhere?

34. JamesHunt

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

For you everything about WP is a gimmick.. atleast your recent comments suggests that.. i have never owned an android device before , so i cannot comment on those widgets. but yeah i own lumia 800 , so yeah live tiles are useful for me. I do believe that microsoft should give us a bit more control over the content shown.

39. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I'd say it's not a gimmick. Live tile is only in its infancy. There's alot of potential. You just have to imagine the possibilities. Two things I look forward too are in video tiles and 3D.

2. Savage unregistered

This would absolutely kill Android. Oh, and bring customization too. Apple should hire him.

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

yeah this is just some simple customization. android phones can do more diverse things

4. Savage unregistered

Haha, they should make iOS more and more similar to what Androids offer. That will probably save iOS.

13. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

they should, but they won't... because if they do, say " Hi " to lag everywhere in iOS !

31. Aeires unregistered

You just nailed Apple's greatest hurdle, it's easy to make an OS fast and smooth with it's limited, but when you start to really open it up, speed issues become a problem. Up until now, Apple has never had to deal with that, let's see how a hardware designer figures that out.

37. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Save ios? They are already doing great! There are only two good OSs ios and android

47. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

If Apple wipe 5 year gap in innovation.....maybe but improbable .... :)

53. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

So if Apple makes iOS more like Android, it will kill Android? Do you understand what tradeoffs are? The closer iOS gets to Android, the more it loses its special advantages. And to be able to compete with Android, it will need a boost in hardware, which will drive the price of the phone even further up (or lose the very high margins).

5. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

i like it

6. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Pure innovation, so impressed! how nobody thought about this before??? Microsoft and Google, don't even think about it, your asses will get sued!

7. Savage unregistered

Too bad, they already have it.

11. ZeusOne

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Microsoft did LIVE TILES first and Google did Widgets first...and when some company combines both and uses's called INNOVATION! LMAO!

17. Astro551

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

sarcasm no?

48. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Yeap and aperently a bunch thought I was serious lol.

27. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

You sound like those brain washed people in the movies. I like that, keeps me laughing my ass off.

8. wendygarett unregistered

Nice but... Isn't this called 'steal'?? I think apple can do better than that lol

33. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Poor naive. This IS the best Apple can do....The worse they can do is to sue everyone including irrelevant companies... Oh..Too late

41. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Sorry if i hurt your feelings, Wendy :) Peace.

10. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

THIEVES!!! BANDITS!!! THIS IS ROBBERY. Apple is just asking for it now. and aren't those live tiles basically larger widgets? albeit more functional and customizable

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