When millions of users hit the download button once iOS 7 becomes available this fall, it's going to take some time to get acclimated to all the new accoutrements. New buttons, fonts, shapes and colors are hiding around every corner, and just about every little detail has been refreshed, from the battery icon to the semi-translucent folders.
Still, there's a certain familiarity to iOS 7. Wildly different as it may be, it retains the simplicity and intuitiveness that we've enjoyed for years. Icons still adhere to a neat grid, navigation uses the same swipes and taps; essentially, the interface changes in iOS are superficial, focusing on design rather than changing what we know.
For the past six years, Jony Ive and his team of designers have churned out gorgeous design after gorgeous design--tablets and handsets that people need to touch and want to hold. Every line and curve has been impeccably crafted down to the finest detail, and the results have been nothing less than staggering: metal-and-glass works of art that fit as comfortably in our hands as they do in our pockets.
So, it seems as though Tim Cook was serious when he declared Apple was doubling down on secrecy. For the first time in years, we were actually surprised by the bulk of a WWDC keynote, from the audacious Mac Pro to the transcendent iOS 7.
To the surprise of approximately no one, however, was the lack of new hardware to run the shiny new operating system. Any iOS release--particularly one with so many radical changes--is going to need a fair amount of beta time before it's unleashed on the public, and there was absolutely no way Apple was going to announce a new iPhone for an old operating system.
So, autumn it is. But if you're hoping for a redesigned iPhone 6, I have some bad news for you: This year's iPhone won't look any different than last year's.
It's been six years since we first laid eyes on Apple's iconic vision for the smartphone home screen, and after dozens of iterations and imitations, it looks like it's all about to change. With the public unveiling of iOS 7 just around the corner, we thought we'd make a list of all the things that we hope to see unveiled at WWDC.
Despite the fact that its expected announcement is still nearly a month away, speculation around iOS 7 is already at a fevered pitch. For the first time since iPhone OS 1 introduced us to the home screen, there's a lot riding on this year's release; usually we're just waiting to see what new tricks Apple has up its sleeve with the hopes for "one more thing," but this WWDC is different. Since Jony Ive took over as human interface chief, we're all expecting the first honest-to-goodness redesign of iOS, and frankly, anything less will be disappointing.
We all have a vision of what iOS will become. But Philip Joyce, art director at Simply Zesty, took his idea one step further: He actually made it.
If the news from 9to5Mac is correct, it's time to brace ourselves for the greatest overhaul in iOS's design since its first appearance in 2007. Under the leadership of Apple's chief design honcho Jony Ive, iOS 7's design will embrace the current trend toward "flatter" user interface (think: Windows 8) and turn its back on the glares, flares, and skeuomorphism familiar from current and past iOS releases. How flat? In the words of one articulate source, "very, very flat."
It's that time of year again: The birds are chirping. Flowers are blooming. And your co-workers are frantically pinching and tapping their phones to see if their bracket has been busted by the latest upset. In March, the NCAA Tournament is big business. Pools are plentiful, and everyone needs to know exactly where they stand at all times. Our iPhones may be great to check scores and match-ups, but the tiny screen isn't exactly ideal for viewing a 64-team bracket. Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost of Studio Neat saw this as more than a minor inconvenience. It was a problem, and they set out to solve it.
Business before pleasure? Hardly. Apple has been delivering both for years now, and the way we see it, the company is perfectly positioned to continue that trend. Time and time again, Apple has proven its ability to change our lives with devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, often perfecting existing ideas or filling voids that nobody else realized existed. But given the secretive nature of the crew in Cupertino, Apple fans and analysts alike constantly find themselves wondering: how will they follow it up? What’s the Next Big Thing? We admit that we’re no different, and it’s all too easy to let our imaginations run wild about the type of mouth-watering tech that Apple will unveil next.
I've never been all that interested in jailbreaking. As something of a design purist, I often go to foolish lengths to keep my favorite things as they were conceived: I've broken three iPhones due to my hatred of cases. My first home screen is still reserved for the first 10 iPhone OS apps, in order. Each of my 43 pairs of sneakers have their original laces.
Suffice to say, I've always been more interested in Apple's vision for iOS than anyone else's. But all that changed when I laid my eyes on Auxo.
Keyboard shortcuts can make you much more efficient. Many new Mac users, however, can get a bit confused when shortcuts differ from those in Windows or other operating systems. In this article, we’ll walk you through these differences, and show you some top keyboard shortcuts that every Mac owner should know.