Last night we saw Apple officially unwraping iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developer Conference. This is the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system that debuted back in 2007 on the original iPhone. During the event Apple CEO Tim Cook, said iOS 7 is the biggest change to the platform since the iPhone was introduced five years ago. As most blogs predicted the new design is filled with sharper, flatter icons, slimmer fonts, a new slide-to-unlock function, and a new control panel that slides up from the bottom of the screen for frequently accessed settings. It was generally a catch up with Andorid and a copy cat of windows UI in some aspects. All stock apps have all been redesigned including a major revamp of the weather app with new animations that remind us of Yahoo’s great-looking Weather app graphics.
Jony Ive, Apple’s head of design says that the new icons feature a new palette of colors — we say goodbye to the bold, primary colors of old, replaced by modern shades and tones. Flat design is very prominent in iOS 7 as things like buttons and switches to the chrome surrounding apps has been overhauled and flattened. Apple says that the new design makes your phone “appear bigger” because each app makes better use of the screen real-estate available to it. Also gone is the skeuomorphic designs that we saw in the apps like calendar, phone, messages and Game Center as they are now feature clean, flat layouts. Instead of the old signal bars we now have a series of dots.
All the newly built-in apps feature sliding, gesture-based navigation. Plus Folders can now support hundreds of apps as you are no longer limited to the 12- to 16-app . Notification Center has also been given a facelift with greater control over how many notifications you can view at once and the ability
to view Notification Center from the lockscreen. (So Android if you ask me).