Apple Wednesday announced that WWDC 2013 will begin June 10-14
of this year, and that they would be announcing a new version of iOS that would be placed into the hands of developers early for beta testing. Many are wondering what kinds of changes iOS 7 will bring to the table, especially considering that Jonathan Ive is now overseeing iOS, rather than Scott Forstall
This new iOS 7 concept shows us some cool ideas for iOS 7, which improve on the existing interfaces:
The concept video places heavy emphasis on the flat design style that is expected because of Jonathan Ive's dislike for skeuomorphism. Ive is expected to do away with the skeuomorphism in iOS 7, or another future version of iOS. In addition, the concept video also shows off some neat features that current iOS applications could be much better with.
In the concept, the Compass application gets completely redesigned, and allows the user to switch between a white day mode and a black night mode. The concept also does the same for the Clock application, which takes some design tips from the iPad version of the Clock application. In addition, the Clock application gets a digital clock mode, as well as an analog clock mode, which is perfect for keeping on the nightstand. You will also notice the flatter designs in applications like the Voice Memos app, Calculator app, and Contacts app.
Notification Center gets a new matte finish with collapsible notifications, which are grouped by application. There is a clear button for clearing all notifications at once. Notification Center also gets individual pages, which separates notifications from widgets. The widget page houses not only the current widgets, and new widgets, but also toggles.
The lock screen is mostly left untouched from a first glance; however, double tapping on the lock screen clock brings up a toggle menu for easy access to system features. You can also tap and hold on the lock screen clock for the lock screen’s colors to match the colors of the lock screen wallpaper. The concept also calls for individual customization options, which probably isn't likely at all knowing Apple. The lock screen's Camera Grabber gets a bit of a Grabby
treatment, in that the user can select the application that the Grabber makes use of.
I think a lot of the features would be nice to have, but I'm not so sure about the lock screen color customization ever seeing the light. What do you think about the features covered in the concept?